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Mike McCarthy makes the smart decision

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's official. Not only will Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers not start Sunday against the Detroit Lions, he won't even be in uniform.

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.