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December 12, 2013

Cowboys are preparing for Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still has not been medically cleared to return from a broken left collarbone, according to coach Mike McCarthy. But Rodgers had a limited practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys are preparing to face Rodgers… and Matt Flynn.

“We’ve got to go out there and prepare for both,” Cowboys defensive end George Selvie said. “Rodgers is a great quarterback. It’s a different offense with him out there, so you go out there and prepare for him. We’ve got to go out there and do what we do.”

Rodgers was injured in a Nov. 4 loss to the Bears, and the Packers have gone 1-4-1 since. Matt Flynn is with his third team this season, re-signing with the Packers on Nov. 12.

“You look at the scheme that they play with Aaron Rodgers, and the scheme that they play with Matt Flynn and see if there’s a lot of differences,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “You certainly have to prepare for both. Aaron’s obviously one of the best players in the league, and Matt has done a good job for them, so you try to watch as much tape of both of them, see if there’s some differences and evaluate as the week goes on to see if he’s going to be ready to play and then hone in a little bit more.”

Flynn has taken 12 sacks in three games with the Packers, which could bode well for a Dallas defense that hasn’t been good at affecting the quarterback of late. The Cowboys have one sack and 19 pressures the past two games combined.

Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns, throwing 36 times. He was sacked once, and the Cowboys' coaches found three additional pressures.

"We haven't affected the quarterback well enough," Garrett said. "He was too comfortable in the game, all through the game. He dropped back 36, 37 times in this game. We weren't around him enough. We didn't make him feel our presence in the pocket enough. We didn't get him off the spot enough, and it starts with affecting him. It starts winning on rushes. But certainly pressuring and using scheme to affect the quarterback is part of our packages like it is for anybody else around the league."

-- Charean Williams

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