Green Bay Packers Reeling: Aaron Rodgers Ruled Out Vs. New England

Todd WashburnContributor IDecember 19, 2010

DETROIT - DECEMBER 12: Andrew Quarless #81 and Tom Crabtree #83 of the Green Bay Packers helps Aaron Rogers #12 of the Green Bay Packers up during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

I can just hear all the Bears fans jumping for joy on this one.  Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion at the hands of the Detroit Lions last week. 

He is suffering from his second concussion this season, and Matt Flynn, a seventh-round draft pick out of LSU in 2008, is expected to make his first career start for the Packers.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was very cautious in the decision to give Rodgers the time to shake off the symptoms lingering after the hit.

"He's working his way through the process," McCarthy said Friday. "There are stages that you work through. But he's making progress, and I talked to him today. He looks good and would like to play."

The 11-2 Patriots will be geared up for a hurting Packers team.  First, TE Jermichael Finley, then RB Ryan Grant, WR Donald Driver and now Aaron Rodgers. 

Could this keep Packers from serious playoff contention?

That remains to be seen.