Scott Tolzien replaces hurt Wallace

Updated: November 11, 2013, 9:55 AM ET
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Armageddon has arrived for the Green Bay Packers: They are on their third different starting quarterback in as many weeks.

Coach Mike McCarthy elevated Scott Tolzien to that role moments after Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tolzien, who spent training camp this summer with the San Francisco 49ers and was on the Packers' practice squad until last week, played most of Sunday's game after starter Seneca Wallace injured his groin during Green Bay's first possession of the game.

Wallace remained in uniform on the sideline but did not return to the game as Tolzien completed 24 of 38 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

"I thought Scott Tolzien played as well as could be expected," McCarthy said.

There is no clear timetable on the recovery for regular starter Aaron Rodgers, who fractured his collarbone last Monday, but the Packers are hoping he will be back by the end of this month.

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Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY SportsScott Tolzien played "as well as could be expected" on Sunday, said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

"I thought Scott did a heck of a job," McCarthy said. "We're running plays he hasn't even practiced yet. He comes here, and it's a totally different language from where he's been his first two stops. He has worked diligently on our language, transferring plays he's had in the past into how we do things, and for the most part he was seamless in the huddle. I thought his game management, especially for the amount of preparation he had going into this game, was outstanding."

Added Tolzien: "It's not just a cliché when someone says to prepare every week when you're a starter. You have to take that to heart and on your shoulders to make sure you're doing that, so if you get moved up into an opportunity, it's not a surprise to you."

It's not clear if Wallace will be healthy enough to be Tolzien's backup next Sunday against the New York Giants.

Even before Wallace's injury, the Packers were scheduled to have Matt Flynn in for a workout Monday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. The Packers want to evaluate the health of the elbow on Flynn's passing arm.

McCarthy's staff has a positive history with Flynn and confidence in his knowledge of the team's offensive system. Flynn, who has played for the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills since leaving the Packers in the 2012 offseason, passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns in his second start for the Packers in their 2011-12 regular-season finale. Both totals set team records.

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