McCarthy says Rodgers' chances of playing for Packers Thursday: "Slim to none"

Posted Nov 25, 2013

In his Monday press conference, Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers would like to play Thursday, but that it's unlikely

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In a press conference with Green Bay media Monday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Aaron Rodgers' chance of playing in Detroit on Thursday are "slim to none."

"It would be a huge stretch for him to play in this game," McCarthy said via

Rodgers hasn't played since fracturing his left collarbone a month ago against Chicago.

McCarthy didn’t announce a starter, but it’s likely to be Matt Flynn.

"Matt (Flynn) played very well," McCarthy said of Flynn’s 218 yard, one-touchdown performance in relief of Scott Tolzien in Sunday's 26-26 tie with Minnesota.

"He deserves to start. I like the way Scott (Tolzien) has grown. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure both are ready,"

Lions fans know of Flynn all too well.

He lit up the Lions defense up for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the final game of the 2011 season in Green Bay. The Packers won the game, 45-41, and the loss sent the Lions on the road to New Orleans in the playoffs instead of to New York to face the Giants. The Saints blew out Detroit 45-28.

Flynn has made stops in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo, earning more than $14 million over the last two years, in large part to that performance Week 17 against the Lions.

It hasn't mattered much who's played quarterback vs. the Lions defense the last month or so, though, they've allowed five-straight passers to record at least a 100.0 passer rating.

Tampa Bay receiver Tiquan Underwood had 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ loss to the Bucs on Sunday. Underwood became the ninth receiver this season to record at least 100 receiving yards vs. the Lions.

With rookie quarterback Mike Glennon recording a 138.4 passer rating on Sunday, it’s not far-fetched to think Flynn, armed with weapons like Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy, could be a dangerous adversary on Thanksgiving.