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They'll have to win with Flynn

by Mark Daniels

To nearly no one's surprise, Aaron Rodgers was ruled out of a 7th straight game today.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy refused to say who made the ultimate decision, saying repeatedly, "it's an organizational" decision.  After hearing from both McCarthy and Rodgers on Thursday, it's pretty evident the "organization" in this case consists of General Manager Ted Thompson and team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.   McCarthy said Rodgers understood the decision but both don't appear happy about it.   The coach said Aaron looked ready to play, Rodgers said he felt good but when pressed on Thursday, he seemed resigned to the decision announced today.

Matt Flynn will make his 4th start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a must win game for the Pack.  Seneca Wallace started one and Scott Tolzien started two while Rodgers has been nursing the broken left collarbone.  The team is 2-3-1 in the six games without the former MVP.   McCarthy confidently declared we can, as a team, beat the Steelers at Lambeau, it's not just on Flynn.  History is on the coach's side.  McCarthy has never lost a home finale in his seven years as head coach.

For the second straight day, the Packers announced a player has suffered a season ending injury.  Johnny Jolly suffered a neck injury against the Cowboys and was declared out Thursday.  Today, backup tight end Brandon Bostick was declared out for the rest of the year with a foot injury that will require surgery.  Bostick had 7 receptions and one touchdown.

The rest of the players on this week's injury report were listed as probable for the Steelers game.  That includes Eddie Lacy who practiced very little for the second straight week on a sprained ankle. It didn't bother him Dallas as he piled up 141 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay was blanketed by another couple inches of snow today and with a big storm forecast for Sunday, McCarthy had the guys practice in it.  Guard T.J. Lang was asked how it went and he replied, "I hated it."   He should love Sunday as anywhere from four to eight inches of snow is predicted with temperatures in the mid-20's with gusty winds.  Should be fun.