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Packers without Rodgers for fifth straight game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers will have to try to win for the first time in more than a month without Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers have ruled out their star quarterback for the game today against the Atlanta Falcons.

"Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Rodgers hasn't played since breaking his left collarbone early in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.

That was the start of a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) for the Packers, whose playoff hopes are fading with a 5-6-1 record with four games to play.

Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week, including Friday, but still hasn't been cleared to resume playing.

"Aaron's frustrated," McCarthy said. "We're in meetings all day together. There's a conversation each and every day. He's like every other player that's fighting to get back on the field. He has a rehab program, and how he feels going through it is obviously expressed every day. He's frustrated."

The Packers instead spent the week preparing Matt Flynn to make a second straight start at quarterback.

Flynn is looking to bounce back from a rough outing in Green Bay's 40-10 loss at NFC North leader Detroit on Thanksgiving last week.

Tight end Pitta returns to Ravens lineup today

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Dennis Pitta on Saturday, one day before their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Pitta had been on injured reserve with a designation to return while working back from a dislocated and fractured hip that he suffered during training camp in late July.

Pitta's workload is likely to be limited against the Vikings, but he could provide a spark to a Ravens passing game that has struggled this season.

Pitta had 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last year.

He returned to practice Nov. 20 and was more active this week.

"I bumped my workload a little bit this week just to kind of test and see where it's at," Pitta said Friday. "And like I said, it felt good. I feel like I'm able to do what I need to do."

Raiders QB McGloin looks forward to cold conditions

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions today against the New York Jets.

Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited.

McGloin, who will be making his fourth consecutive start for the Raiders, grew up in Scranton, Pa., about two hours away from MetLife Stadium and spent four years at Penn State.

Playing in the cold? That's easy, especially when McGloin is expected to have about 200 family member and friends in the stadium to support him.

"The weather is going to be a nice change for me," McGloin said. "I grew up in the East my whole life so I'm used to playing in the cold weather. I'm used to the grip of the ball, how it feels, how to keep your hands warm and moist. That won't be too much of an adjustment for me."

Getting Oakland's offence back on track after back-to-back losses might be a bit more difficult for the Raiders' undrafted starter.

Running back Darren McFadden has already been ruled out because of an ankle injury.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 8, 2013 B12

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