Even if Aaron Rodgers plays on Sunday in the relatively meaningless regular season finale against the Detroit Lions, it's a given backup Matt Flynn would see a bunch of playing time, because the Packers aren't going to want to expose their star quarterback to injury.
But on Friday, head coach Mike McCarthy threw third-string quarterback Graham Harrell into the mix as well.
"The most important thing with Aaron is he's ready to play," said McCarthy during his press conference. "Whether he starts, we'll talk about that today.
"It's important for the quarterbacks, we repped all three of them this week. I'd like to see all three of them playing in the game, is the initial plan as we started the week. And we'll make those decisions here after we meet with our game management and go into tomorrow's quarterback meeting."
The Packers had a similar situation entering the final regular season game of the 2007 season when they had already wrapped up a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Packers made several of their star players inactive that day but not Brett Favre. He started and played for about a quarter before giving way to Craig Nall.
If history repeats itself, Rodgers will play a series or two on Sunday and then turn the reins over to Flynn and Harrell the rest of the way.
Getting some experience for the No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks would seem to benefit not only the players, but the organization as well.
For Flynn, he's the insurance policy to Aaron Rodgers and will be entrusted with leading the Packers in case Rodgers, by chance, can't play.
"I want to see Matt Flynn like he did in New England but take it a step further and win the game," said McCarthy. "Had an opportunity for him to take some no huddle and two minute versus the defense today just to get him ready for the second half. He's been able to get a lot of the situational work throughout the week. I'd like to see him take the next step."
The New England game McCarthy reference was the Week 15 matchup last season when Flynn subbed in for Rodgers who was out for a concussion. The Packers came away with the 31-27 loss, but Flynn put them in a position to win the game, his most extensive playing time to date.
Flynn is also a free agent at season's end and will, in essence, be putting on an audition for any other team in the NFL that might be in need of a starting quarterback next season.
As for Harrell, he'll be the backup next year in the even that Flynn leaves. Even though he's been on the 53-man roster for several weeks this season and last, he's never appeared in a regular season game in the NFL.
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