Aaron Rodgers Officially Out For Sunday's Game Against the Patriots

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2010

Aaron Rodgers will not play Sunday, and Matt Flynn (#10 at the right) will start against the Patriots.
Aaron Rodgers will not play Sunday, and Matt Flynn (#10 at the right) will start against the Patriots.Leon Halip/Getty Images

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, QB Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the New England Patriots. His status has been downgraded from doubtful to out after he failed to complete all the necessary steps in order to be considered medically cleared.

Rodgers suffered a concussion in last Sunday's excruciating 7-3 loss at Ford Field to the Detroit Lions when he scrambled for a 20-yard run, then proceeded to have his helmet nail the turf at high speed.

Rodgers has played in every game since the beginning of the 2008 season, when he replaced the great Brett Favre at the position. Favre's streak was snapped just six days ago, ending at 292 games.

He has posted a string of 45 consecutive starts and has recorded a 25-20 record in these games.

Matt Flynn will start his first NFL game on Sunday when the team heads to Foxboro.

The third-year player was most notably the starting quarterback of LSU's 2007 National Championship team, and he is reportedly ready to throw on the helmet and do whatever it takes.

The Packers have signed Graham Harrell, another quarterback who is more noted for his collegiate career at Texas Tech then his career in the NFL. Harrell will be inserted into the No. 2 position on the depth chart since Green Bay does not have any more quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

To make room for Harrell, the team placed Anthony Smith on injured reserve.

Only time and doctors will determine how long it will be until Rodgers will return.