McCarthy non-committal on QB Rodgers as starter

With the Green Bay Packers all but eliminated from playoff contention, head coach Mike McCarthy was non-committal on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

When asked if Rodgers will play in Week 16, McCarthy told reporters the QB “is sore, rightfully so.”

“He was hit too many times [Sunday against the Panthers],” McCarthy said. “[He] took two big hits. So we’re working through that. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Sunday’s game in Charlotte was Rodgers’ first since suffering a broken right collarbone Oct. 15 against the Vikings. The Panthers were credited with three sacks and four additional knockdowns of Rodgers. They also forced the 34-year-old QB into three interceptions for just the fourth time in his career, and the first since 2009.

Green Bay would be officially eliminated from playoff contention if the Atlanta Falcons beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night. Even if the Falcons lose, the Packers would need several other results to fall their way in the final two weeks to have a chance at the postseason.

The Packers re-signed QB Joe Callahan from the practice squad to the active roster on Monday, which would give them a backup to Brett Hundley if Rodgers were to be placed on injured reserve. Callahan served as Hundley’s backup while Rodgers was on IR earlier this season. Callahan was waived and re-signed to the practice squad last week when Rodgers was moved to the active roster.

Hundley went 3-5 in eight starts in Rodgers’ absence, including consecutive overtime wins in Weeks 13 and 14.

The Packers entered the season with eight consecutive playoff appearances, tied with the New England Patriots for the longest active streak in the NFL.