McCarthy won't say if Packers will start Rodgers or Flynn at QB

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't say Friday if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will sit out Sunday's regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions to rest up for the playoffs.

"The most important thing with Aaron is he's ready to play," McCarthy said. "It's important for the quarterbacks; we repped all three of them this week. So I'd like to see all three of them play in the game, is the initial plan as we started the week."

Rodgers didn't shed any light on if he would take any snaps.

"I'm going to leave it up to Mike," he said.

The playoff-bound Lions (10-5) can secure the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs by winning at Green Bay for the first time since 1991, but the Packers (14-1) don't have anything riding on the final score against their longtime rivals, having clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage.

"It ain't the end of the world," said Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who's probable to play Sunday with a knee injury. "We've still got them playoffs."

If Rodgers sits, the Packers would count on a combination of Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell to lead the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense. Rodgers would miss just his second game in four seasons as the starter.

Flynn, a fourth-year pro, made his only NFL start Dec. 19, 2010, with Rodgers out because of a concussion. Flynn played well in the game, a prime-time matchup on the road against the heavily favored New England Patriots, who hung on for a 31-27 win.

"I want to see Matt Flynn play like he did in New England, but take it a step further -- win the game," McCarthy said.

Three other key offensive players were ruled out: running back James Starks (knee/ankle), receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb (groin) and receiver Greg Jennings (knee). The Packers also listed right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) as doubtful. Linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle) and cornerback Charles Woodson (knee) are questionable.

Defensive end Ryan Pickett and left tackle Chad Clifton were both listed as probable and are expected to play. Pickett missed the last two games because of a concussion. Clifton hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury Oct. 9 and then a back injury during his rehab work.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to's injury page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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