GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss a fifth straight game Sunday when the Green Bay Packers meet the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.
Coach Mike McCarthy ruled out Rodgers on Friday after his third day in a row of limited practice.
"Aaron's frustrated," said McCarthy. "He's like every other player that's fighting to get back on the field. He has a rehab program. How he feels going through it is obviously expressed every day."
Rodgers, who turned 30 Monday, suffered a broken collarbone Nov. 4. Expect the Packers to scan the fracture for signs of further healing early next week.
At midweek, one sports book listed the Packers as an 11-point favorite using the assumption that Rodgers would play. After the announcement, the spread fell to 31/2 points.
Matt Flynn will make his second start 10 days after his ugly outing in a 40-10 trouncing by the Detroit Lions.
The forecast low for Saturday night into Sunday morning is 3 degrees. The high Sunday is 18, with a 50 percent chance of snow and winds of 9 mph.
Does Flynn possess the arm strength to handle frigid conditions?
"Can't wait to watch him play," quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said, adding that Flynn "absolutely" had enough arm.
Flynn's long afternoon in Detroit included seven sacks, three turnovers and a 51.9 passer rating.
"We need to take care of the football, No. 1," McAdoo said. "We need to be decisive and make good decisions, and trust the decision we make.
"Can't leave anything out there. We've got to put balls in position so guys can make plays and make sure we protect ourselves."
Meanwhile, center Evan Dietrich-Smith missed a second day of practice after suffering an ankle injury Wednesday. He's questionable.
"We're going to test (him) tomorrow," said McCarthy. "We're not very big on testing on game day. You don't get an accurate read. He's not ready as of today so we'll see where he is."
If Dietrich-Smith can't play, McCarthy said the fifth starter could be right guard Lane Taylor, right tackle Derek Sherrod or guard-tackle Marshall Newhouse. Guard T.J. Lang has filled in at center.
Returning to practice Friday were left tackle David Bakhtiari (illness), nose tackle Ryan Pickett (knee) and outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen). All are probable, and defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle) is out.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) had not been cleared to run, and his return from the temporary injured reserved list might not happen any time soon.
"I got to see a little of Randall's workout today," McCarthy said. "Obviously, he's not ready this week. Tuesday will be a big day to see because that's kind of been the week we've always looked at for his availability."
For Atlanta, tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) and backup safety Zeke Motta (hand) were limited participants Friday and are questionable.
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