Aaron Rodgers ruled out for Sunday

So much for waiting until game time to make a decision with Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers have announced that the quarterback, an MVP candidate earlier in the season, will not play Sunday against the New England Patriots. Team doctors have not cleared Rodgers to return from his second concussion this season, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Coach Mike McCarthy did his best to leave the door open on Friday when he said a decision could go all the way up until game time. Rodgers did not practice this week and was only in some meetings. That means Matt Flynn will make his first career start.

The Packers also signed quarterback Graham Harrell from the practice squad to serve as Flynn’s backup. Safety Anthony Smith was placed on injured reserve with an ankle issue.

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