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Concussed for the second time this season, Aaron Rodgers has been in the wars after getting a battering against the Detroit Lions last weekend in the Motor City.
For all of the NFL's talk about head protection, none of the new rules or implications have protected one of the league's best quarterbacks. Most importantly, though, a matter of health and safety is on the line for the Packers, as Green Bay prepares for a trip to New England with its season on the line.
Much of the Lambeau faithful are divided on this matter. Many folks feel that without Rodgers the Packers stand no chance, while others feel that with him, Green Bay can at least post a possible win and keep pace with the Chicago Bears up north.
"I'm not discouraged, because we've still got an opportunity," Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said, "As long as you've got an opportunity, you control it. We've got a big game, and it's a game we feel like we can win, and we've got to win."
Despite Charles Woodson's profound optimism, though, the final decision will come down to head coach Mike McCarthy, who told reporters that Rodgers' health is the team's main concern ahead of the team's trip out east.
"We understand the importance of the quarterback position, but this is about Aaron Rodgers, first, No. 1, being healthy," McCarthy stated, "And then, after that, we'll make a decision on whether he'll play or not."
The Packers are in serious danger of falling right out of the postseason and, seeing as though Rodgers hasn't practiced all week long, chances are No. 12 will be absent against the Patriots. Matt Flynn struggled last week, but a second-chance draw may be awarded against the league's best team right now.