A shortened field led the Green Bay Packers to sit most of their starters in what turned out to be a 22-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders tonight in Winnipeg, Mantioba.
With the field conditions in the end zone, it meant not seeing Aaron Rodgers for the first time in the preseason. Rodgers warmed up and seemed like he was going to play.
“It has nothing to do with the back, I can promise you that,” Rodgers said in a sideline interview of why he didn’t play. “It’s more the field conditions we had tonight.”
Rodgers was one of 33 Packers to not suit up for the game, and it likely means he won’t play this preseason, as Green Bay is expected to play all backups in the finale against Kansas City next Thursday. That means he will face Chicago on September 5th without having played a single game snap in new head coach Matt LaFleur’s system.
Tim Boyle started the game for the Packers and made his case to be the backup. He started just 2-for-8, but led three touchdown drives on his final three possessions. That included two touchdown passes — one to Trevor Davis and the other to Jake Kumerow. The second-year pro finished the night 16-for-25 for 191 yards and two touchdowns in one half of play.
DeShone Kizer got the second half and was for the most part brutal. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 24 yards, got sacked three times and didn’t lead a single scoring drive.
It was a big night for Davis’ roster chances. He’s battled injuries throughout his career, but came up with five catches for 78 yards, one rush for 18 yards and returned a punt for 17 yards.
The Packers did have some injuries tonight. The most serious appears to be wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. The second year pro caught a quick slant late in the second quarter and absorbed a big hit. It appeared St. Brown’s left foot got caught in the turf as he got twisted down. He didn’t put any weight on it as he got helped off the field and was carted to the locker room.
First-round pick Rashan Gary suffered what appeared to be a neck/head injury as he made a tackle. He stayed down for a few minutes but was able to walk off under his own power. A few minutes later, he got a ride to the locker room.
Linebacker Curtis Bolton went down with a right leg injury. He was later seen on the sidelines with crutches and a large brace on his right leg.
Safety Will Redmond and offensive lineman Cole Madison also left the game with injuries.
Green Bay will close out preseason play next Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field.