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Named starter, Tolzien in line to join select company

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The Canadian Press
11/22/2013 9:23:31 AM
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Quarterback Scott Tolzien could join select company on Sunday, assuming he starts for the Packers against the Minnesota Vikings.

Tolzien would become the first Green Bay quarterback other than Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers to start back-to-back games since Don Majkowski started the first three games of the 1992 season.

Coach Mike McCarthy has named Tolzien, a former practice squad player, the starter for Sunday's game. Rodgers, sidelined with a collarbone injury, has said he might be able to play if he practices Friday.

Rodgers, who has missed the last two games, hasn't practiced this week. He has otherwise had a durable nine-year career in Green Bay, following the equally dependable Favre.

The quarterback situation has been less stable for the rest of the NFC North. According to STATS, the Lions have had 18 different quarterbacks start consecutive games since 1992, while the Bears and the Vikings have each had 21.

The Packers have lost three straight since Rodgers got hurt Nov. 4 during the first series of a 27-20 loss to Chicago.

"All of us want him playing. But at the same time, you don't make excuses," Tolzien said this week. "It's what we have in the locker room and you make the most of it, plain and simple, and you go from there."

Scott Tolzien (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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