Report: Packers could shutdown Aaron Rodgers if team falls out of playoff contention

Anwar S Richardson

The Green Bay Packers have not won a game without Aaron Rodgers since he was sidelined due to a collarbone injury. If Green Bay’s losing streak continues, Rodgers may not play again until next season.

According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Rodgers would "be lucky" to play on December 8 against Atlanta, but if Green Bay is out of playoff contention once the quarterback is healthy, the Packers may sit him for the rest of this season.

Green Bay’s season continues to go from bad to worse.

The Packers were 5-2 prior to Rodgers’ injury, but are 0-4-1 without him. Packers quarterback Matt Flynn was abysmal recently against the Detroit Lions, completing 10-of-20 passes for just 139 yards and one interception during a 40-10 loss on Thursday. Flynn was also sacked seven times.

Green Bay’s remaining games are against Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Rodgers may have a slim chance of playing against Atlanta, but time is running out on Green Bay’s playoff hopes.

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

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