NFL: Green Bay Packers ace Aaron Rodgers ruled out of clash with Atlanta Falcons
Last Updated: 07/12/13 9:27am
Aaron Rodgers: Not medically cleared to return this weekend
Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out of Green Bay's must-win clash against Atlanta on Sunday.
The Packers quarterback has not yet been cleared to return as he continues to recover from a fractured collarbone.
Rodgers has been sidelined since suffering the injury in the defeat to Chicago on November 4, but he returned to limited practice this week in the hope of being passed fit for Sunday.
But Packers coach Mike McCarthy has announced that Rodgers will not be risked against the struggling Falcons, a game Green Bay have to win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
"Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go," McCarthy said. "Aaron's frustrated. We're in meetings all day together. He's like every other player fighting to get on the field."
Matt Flynn will again start under centre as the Packers attempt to record their first win in six games.
Flynn became the fourth starting quarterback of the season in the Thanksgiving Day fixtures against Detroit last week, but he completed only 10 of 20 passes for just 139 yards, throwing one interception.
He was sacked seven times as the Lions ran out convincing 40-10 winners to move top of the NFC North.
Defeat against the Falcons would all-but end Green Bay's hopes of reaching the post-season, and could lead to them shutting down Rodgers for the remainder of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Seattle will be without wide receiver Percy Harvin for Sunday's encounter with San Francisco due to complications over his hip problem.
Harvin had a major hip operation on August 1 and has played in only one game this season - the week 11 victory over Minnesota.
But the Seahawks wideout has complained of continued soreness in his hip, and will sit out his third straight game against the 49ers.
"Percy's not going to make this one, but we're hoping that maybe next week is his week and we'll see how it goes," announced Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
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