Packers coach not holding his breath

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

It was a case of good news, bad news regarding the quarterback situations in Kansas City and Green Bay, respectively.

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It's unlikely that the Packers, who are on the ropes when it comes to their playoff chances, will have quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's big game against the red-hot New England Patriots.

On Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't sound optimistic regarding Rodgers, who suffered a concussion in last Sunday's stunning 7-3 loss to Detroit.

"He didn't practise today, I don't anticipate him practising tomorrow (Thursday) and there's a slim chance Friday," McCarthy told reporters. "We'll make a decision Saturday,"

The chance of a Green Bay victory in Foxboro, Mass., would be slim if Rodgers was playing. Without him, it's none.

A loss by the Packers, coupled with a victory by the Bears on Monday night against Minnesota, would give Chicago the NFC North championship and leave the Packers on life support as a wild-card entry.

In Kansas City, meanwhile, Matt Cassel was back practising with the Chiefs, but the team has not yet made a decision on whether he would start Sunday against St. Louis.

Unlike Rodgers, though, all signs point towards Cassel, who underwent an appendectomy last week, of being able to play.


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