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.