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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ chances of playing against Lions are ‘slim to none’, according to coach

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may spend Thanksgiving in Detroit, but he probably won't  not be in a celebratory mood.

The Packers' Mike McCarthy doesn't expect Rodgers to play against the Detroit Lions, the coach announced during a news conference on Monday. Rodgers sustained a broken collarbone on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears and has been out of action since that incident.

While Rodgers’ absence is not a huge surprise, McCarthy must determine who to start under center on Thursday.

Scott Tolzien started against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but was eventually benched in favor of Matt Flynn. While Tolizen was ineffective, Flynn helped his team rebound from a 20-7 deficit in the third quarter and the game eventually ended in a 26-26 tie. Flynn completed 21-of-36 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown against Minnesota.

There is a very good reason why McCarthy should choose Flynn over Tolzien.

Flynn’s career highlight occurred against the Lions when he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns during Green Bay’s 45-41 victory on Jan. 1, 2012. It will be hard for Flynn to duplicate that performance, but considering the Packers have not won a game since Rodgers’ injury, he gives this team more hope than Tolzien.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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