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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Rodgers to make preseason debut at Rams

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers will need more than just sweatpants and a T-shirt this week. The Green Bay Packers quarterback better bring his helmet and pads to Saturday's preseason game at the St. Louis Rams.

Rodgers was a healthy scratch for last Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Rodgers will play against the Rams. He did not say how much action Rodgers will see.

Last year, Rodgers played just five series (and 45 total snaps) in the first three preseason games and sat out the fourth. If he sits out the finale again this year, it will mean his only chance for game action before the regular season will be in the second and third preseason games.

McCarthy was non-committal about playing time for any of his quarterbacks but the plan, as of now, is for Rodgers to start. Matt Flynn started against the Titans, and Scott Tolzien and Chase Rettig followed.

Rodgers said he has two goals for the preseason.

"I'd like to stay healthy," he said. "That's kind of the goal there. Last year we didn't score a touchdown, so my No. 2 goal is to score a touchdown."

The Packers also were without two of Rodgers' top weapons against the Titans. Receiver Jordy Nelson did not play because of a hamstring injury, and running back Eddie Lacy was held out as a coach's decision.

Nelson returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday and did not appear to have many limitations on Wednesday but said he was uncertain whether he would play.