Packers rule out Rodgers

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, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have ruled out quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday night's game against New England, meaning Matt Flynn will get his first career NFL start.

Rodgers was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report after suffering his second concussion of the season during last Sunday's 7-3 loss to Detroit.

The third-year starter sat out the entire second half following the injury and did not practice this week.

Rodgers also sustained a concussion in Week 5 against Washington but did not miss a game, something he hadn't done since taking over for Brett Favre full time in 2008.

Through the first 13 games, Rodgers ranks fourth in the NFL in quarterback rating (98.5), throwing for 3,289 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Flynn, who threw for 177 yards with a pick on 15-of-26 passing last week, has thrown 46 passes in 27 career games as a backup.

Graham Harrell, of Texas Tech fame, was signed off the practice squad and is slated to serve as Flynn's backup. To make room on the roster, safety Anthony Smith was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.


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