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Packers' Aaron Rodgers expects to play Thursday night vs. Steelers

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Packers' Aaron Rodgers expects to play Thursday night vs. Steelers

-- It's been 320 days since Aaron Rodgers stormed onto Lambeau Field as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

If things go his way, that drought could come to an end on Thursday when the Packers host the Pittsburgh Steelers in their second preseason game.

"I think I’ll play," Rodgers said after Monday's practice, according to "I think I’ll probably play this week. I’d like to in front of our fans. Being that we got the first two at home, it’d be nice to get out there back on Lambeau."

Rodgers' last home start was September 28 against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football -- last year's week four match-up. The Packers were on the road the following two weeks -- in Dallas followed by Minnesota -- before Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone against the Vikings.

Once Rodgers was activated off of injured reserve two months later for a week 15 meeting with the Carolina Panthers, the Packers lost by a touchdown and were subsequently knocked out of the NFC playoff picture.

"Obviously when I came back from my injury, I was on the road, so I haven’t played at home for a long time. … Then we’ll see about weeks three and four.

"You’re always working on things, whether it’s practice or a preseason game. It’s just trying to get the timing down with the guys, and the speed is obviously a little faster—at times in practice, not always. The scheme is not always extremely difficult, so it’s more about making sure you’re seeing things the right way."

Rodgers has expressed his desire to get in even a small amount of live reps with the new faces on offense, evidently referring to the two newest tight end acquisitions in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis and the three rookie wide receivers.

The latter is more so vital to the Packers' offensive plans. All three -- J'Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown -- have a learning curve to master whereas Graham and Lewis have been in the league for a combined 20 years.

Rodgers played one drive in last year's second preseason game against the Washington Redskins and then two drives the following week against the Denver Broncos.

Rebounding from a collarbone injury -- the second of his career -- every exhibition rep matters more than it did in the past.

"Like I said, it’s not a ton of preparation in the same way that it would be for a regular season game. But I think there’s still things to be gained even as a veteran player in preseason."

Outside of Rodgers, the backup competition is brewing between Brett Hundley, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle. The Packers still need to see what they have in that trio, which, if Thursday night's win over the Tennesee Titans is any indicator, is a relatively well-rounded group.


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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GBPDAN1's picture

Excited to see Rodgers back in action. Playing at home will benefit the offense as opposed to a loud road crowd. Can't wait to see Rodgers playing with Graham, Lewis, the 3 Rookies and his camp buddy Kumerow.

I'm assuming Bak will be at LT to protect AR ( he better be) . I don't think Bulaga is 100 % ready for live action? They better not put Bell at RT. It will be Murphy. Hope the Rt side holds up.

Since '61's picture

It would be good to see Rodgers play again but it is high risk for literally no reward. One series should be enough, unless it is a 3 and out, then one more series at the most. The same for the starting WRs.
Thanks, Since '61

jeremyjjbrown's picture

One series should be enough, Indeed.

I used to get upset at the sight of Rusty Rodgers when he didn't play much in Preseason. Now having seen how much better "Rusty Rodgers" is that Hundley, I'm happy to have Rusty Rodgers for 3 games to make sure we don't have Hundley for 10.

LambeauPlain's picture

One or two series then get him out...but if both starters are out at T I doubt he plays even one series.

Since '61's picture

LambeauPlain - good point! Rodgers should not play if the starting Tackles are not ready to go. Thanks, Since ‘61

Tarynfor12's picture

What's Rodgers thinking...the fans can wait until opening day to see him play. I know I can and I won't want to hear any crying if something happens..even stubbing his toe.

WKUPackFan's picture

And if AR didn't play in the preseason you'd be complaining that he's not getting ready for the season, not interested in getting in synch with the new WR's, not thinking about the fans who buy preseason tickets , etc.

Tarynfor12's picture

Wrong as usual...If Rodgers isn't going to play other than one or two series for the rest of preseason, there is no way this will get him more in sync than he's getting in practice.
Rodgers doing this for 4-8 plays is simply bs to getting in sync.

To quote Rocky and his thought about sparring for Drago...." I don't think I need it anymore." and neither does Rodgers.

WKUPackFan's picture

Didn't say that minimal preseason time would get him in sync. I said that's what you would say. I'd prefer that he not play at all during the preseason, but that's neither my decision or business.

What was also said is that you would complain about it either way, simply because you want to portray yourself as being smarter than AR and the coaches.

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