Scott Tolzien to Start Sunday for Packers in Crucial Game vs. Vikings

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 11/18 2013 11:20PM

Updated 11/18 2013 11:30PM

(WFRV-TV) - For the second straight week, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy wasted little time naming Scott Tolzien his starter at quarterback.

McCarthy did not have an update on Aaron Rodgers' recovery from broken collarbone, but it appears he will miss at least one more game.

Tolzien threw three interceptions in Sunday's 27-13 loss against the Giants, but McCarthy had high praise for at least one aspect of the former Badgers game.

“I have never seen a quarterback hit all his big throws like that in a game,” said McCarthy. “That was the most impressive big-play, big-pass play production from a quarterback.”

Tolzien finished his day 24/34 for 339 yards and included completions of 25, 26, 29, 45 and 52 yards.

“I can’t think of another time in my career that I’ve had someone hit every one,” said McCarthy. “Every big shot we called, we hit them. Excellent protection, took a couple of hits on the throws, but the ball placement was extraordinary.”

McCarthy noted that Tolzien's number one priority will remain to take care of the football after five interceptions in two games.

As far as Rodgers goes, there's nothing McCarthy can do but wait.

"We all understand the importance of players returning from injury, the anxiousness of any player to get back on the field,” said McCarthy. “But that’s always a collective conversation.  The medical staff, the player, and really I don’t make medical decisions. That will be no different with Aaron Rodgers. We all know he wants to play. He wants to play as soon as he can, but those are big decisions when you put a player back on the field. When everybody’s confident, then that’s when it will happen.”

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