Packers sit Aaron Rodgers, other key starters in preseason finale


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers' preparation for the Green Bay Packers' season opener will have consisted of just two quarters of preseason action -- and none of it came after Aug. 23.

By the time the Packers play at the Chicago Bears in Week 1, Rodgers will have gone three weeks without any game action.

It was no surprise that coach Mike McCarthy did not play his starting quarterback in Thursday's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field, because Rodgers hasn't played in the last preseason game since 2012.

However, it was more unusual that Rodgers didn't play in the third preseason game, when starters typically see their most extended playing time.

Rodgers played the first quarter in each of the first two preseason games this year. Last year, Rodgers also played in only two preseason games, but it was the middle two.

The Packers were expected to start Scott Tolzien and then turn things over to Brett Hundley.

The Packers held out several other healthy starters, including running back Eddie Lacy and most of the starting offensive line. Among the defensive players held out without injuries were linebacker Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

The following players were held out because of injury: