The New England Patriots might not get the Green Bay Packers’ best shot when the two teams face off this weekend on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. They might not even get a very good shot from the Packers at all.
The 8-5 Pack are in serious jeopardy of being depleted of Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who left Sunday’s loss to the Lions with a concussion. ESPN Wisconsin reports that Rodgers was held out of Monday practice, and Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy won’t determine until Thursday whether Rodgers can play Sunday night.
It’s Rodgers’ second concussion in this banner season for head-related injuries.
Green Bay has only one other quarterback on the roster, Matt Flynn. Once upon a time (2008), Flynn won the BCS Title Game MVP as a Louisiana State Tiger. Sunday, Flynn had zero touchdowns and an interception in losing to the Lions.
The Green Bay Press Gazette speculates the Packers’ emergency third QB would be their punt returner and backup receiver Jordy Nelson.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who doesn’t find it one bit cute when Packers fans refer to Aaron Rodgers as “A-Rod”.