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Packers coach Matt LaFleur says it’s not a ‘necessity’ to see Aaron Rodgers play in preseason

Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers, Packers

With the second game of the preseason, many teams are ready to allow their star players get into the game and finally get some NFL action for the first time in the season. However, this wasn’t the case with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers because of back tightness. But the team’s head coach Matt LaFleur doesn’t find it to be that big of a “necessity,” and with good reason.

The Packers weren’t trying to play an injured starting quarterback in the preseason. As much as Rodgers has played through injury, it’s better for him to sit out rather than not have him at 100 percent by the time the regular season begins. And with the amount of games under Rodgers’ belt and injuries that he has suffered, LaFleur told the team’s site that they don’t need to play him at all this preseason.

“I think we’d like to see him, but you’re talking about a veteran quarterback who’s played a lot of football. It’s not a necessity, but it’s certainly something we’d like to see.”

It’s likely Rodgers will play in the third preseason game if he can go. But as for the fourth and final one, that’s more reserved for players trying to earn a roster spot. And that’s far from anything in Rodgers’ case.

Rodgers is a tough quarterback, as shown with what he did last season when he came back from his knee injury in the first half of the first game of the 2018 season. But the team can’t afford a setback to the 35-year-old quarterback.

Matt LaFleur is going to keep his starting quarterback safe until he knows he’s completely healthy.