Rodgers was one of several prominent deactivations just announced, a list that also includes two other starters: Cornerback Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews. The Packers had made Woodson and Matthews questionable on their injury report Friday, a sign they intended to hold them out of a game with no impact on their playoff seeding.
I'm totally on board with Packers coach Mike McCarthy's decision here. There is no doubt the Packers would like to be a 15-1 team, but it wasn't worth risking the health of Rodgers, Woodson or Matthews to do it.
The Lions' only unexpected deactivation was defensive tackle Corey Williams, who has a hip injury.