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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Monday after skipping last week’s preseason game in Baltimore and the practice that immediately followed because of tightness in his back, something he has rarely — if ever — been bothered by in the past.
That doesn’t mean the Green Bay Packers quarterback will play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg — or at all before the Sept. 5 regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers said after the 1-hour, 57-minute padded practice that he “felt pretty good,” and coach Matt LaFleur said Rodgers “looked pretty good today to me.”
Even though Rodgers is learning a new offense with a new coach for the first time since he became the starter in 2008, neither he nor LaFleur has prioritized game reps before Week 1. Rodgers has long maintained that he gets more out of practices because of the myriad looks his defense shows while installing its scheme than he would out of vanilla defenses that teams show in preseason.
However, Rodgers said he and the starters will “go out and compete” if that’s what LaFleur wants.
“I do find it interesting that