Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field
following an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland
Browns in Green Bay, Wis., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The Packers
defeated the Browns 17-11.
GREEN BAY- Aaron
Rodgers is tempering his expectations for himself and the Green Bay
offense Friday night.
All Rodgers is
expecting is to finally play a game this preseason when the Packers
visit the San Francisco 49ers.
wants me to do," Rodgers said Tuesday, referring to coach Mike
Though playing time
for Green Bay's third of four preseason games won't be set until
Wednesday, the goal according to McCarthy is to play Rodgers after the
two-time MVP quarterback was a healthy scratch the previous two weeks.
"I think I'm
going to play," Rodgers said after McCarthy put the team through
its longest practice of training camp, nearly 2 hours, 45 minutes.
"I'm not sure how long he wants me to play, but it'll be good to
get out there and get some work with the guys."
Not that Rodgers
needs much work as he enters his 12th NFL season and ninth as a
Even with top
receiver Jordy Nelson returning to the field in recent days after
being out nearly a year with knee injuries, Rodgers hasn't felt a need
to use the preseason games as an audition for the season. Rodgers said
after only two weeks of camp in early August that he felt ready for
the season, which opens Sept. 11 at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Saying he expects
Friday's exhibition to be his only game action of the preseason,
Rodgers responded with "nothing" when asked what he needs to
see in whatever playing time he gets.
And Rodgers also
doesn't feel the offense, even with two notable additions, needs him
on the field in a preseason game to sufficiently prepare for that
"But it'll be
good to feel the tempo if I play â€ I'm expected to play,"
Rodgers said. "So if I play Friday, it'll be good to feel the
tempo out there if we get some stuff in the no-huddle that we're used
The biggest priority
for the 32-year-old Rodgers this summer has been his conditioning,
which he says he's accomplished by running the offense at a high tempo
in practice, and also with his on-field workouts before the preseason
games he hasn't played.
stuff I'm doing on game day is probably more exertion than I would be
doing on the field (in the game)," Rodgers said. "I've just
got to be ready to go four quarters, and I'm confident that the work
I've put in in the offseason and the work this past month in camp,
I'll be ready to go once the season starts."
Though Nelson isn't
expected to play Friday after being limited to individual work in
practice this week, Rodgers will get a chance to work with newly
chosen starting center JC Tretter. Likewise with veteran tight end
Jared Cook, who the Packers signed in the offseason.
"It's going to
be a good test just to see how he runs the offense, how he calls the
plays, and for me to keep up," said Cook, an eight-year pro.
NOTES: Corey Linsley,
who lost his starting job to Tretter, said Tuesday he doesn't think
surgery will be needed for the torn hamstring that has kept him out
since the start of camp. Linsley also doesn't think his season is in
jeopardy because of the injury. "I'm not giving up on that. I'm
not out for the year," said Linsley, the starter at center since
the beginning of his rookie season in 2014. . Rookie DT Kenny Clark,
the team's first-round draft pick, didn't practice Tuesday because of
a back injury. DT Mike Daniels was out with an illness. Starting
safety Morgan Burnett (back) and backup QB Brett Hundley (ankle)
remained out. . The Packers released undrafted rookie OT Josh James,
who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury.