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Packers’ Rodgers to miss Cowboys game

– While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn’t be taking snaps Sunday.

“Hey, it’s not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your franchise quarterback he can’t play in the game when he wants to play in the game,” McCarthy said after practice Friday. “This is clearly a decision that’s made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.”

Rodgers has been out since he broke collarbone early in Green Bay’s loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.

Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense.

But still not enough to apparently sway the decision to have him play in a critical game for the Packers. This will be the sixth straight game Rodgers misses.

Matt Flynn will make his third straight start in place of Rodgers for the Packers (6-6-1), who are a half game behind division co-leaders Detroit and Chicago, both 7-6.

Meanwhile, Dallas linebacker Sean Lee was ruled out because of a neck injury.

Dolphins center returns to team

Miami center Mike Pouncey confirmed he missed one day of practice to fly to Boston, but he declined to say whether the trip was related to the criminal case there involving his former college teammate, ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Fines roundup

Denver linebacker Von Miller was fined $25,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last Sunday.

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall was docked $15,000 for wearing non-approved orange cleats during the Bears’ win over Dallas.

Dallas defensive back Orlando Scandrick was fined $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Marshall.

Dallas’ George Selvie, Baltimore’s Courtney Upshaw and Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd were each fined $15,750 for roughing the passer.

Around the league

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (foot) returned to practice but his status for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia is questionable. … The New York Jets placed receiver Stephen Hill (knee) on injured reserve. … Kansas City receiver Dexter McCluster is questionable for Sunday’s game at Oakland after a small cut on his ankle turned into an infection. …Denver rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster (thumb) had surgery. …

Jacksonville will likely be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) on Sunday against Buffalo. … Jacksonville released veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey. … Atlanta ruled out safety Thomas DeCoud and running back Antone Smith for Sunday’s game against Washington. … Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin (hip) was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants