Packers sit Rodgers and most other starters

GREEN BAY, Wis. – It was a pretty safe bet that quarterback Aaron Rodgers would sit out the Green Bay Packers' preseason finale on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After all, Rodgers did not play in last year's final summer tune up.

But the Packers are holding out 15 other healthy starters, too.

Four-fifths of Rodgers' starting offensive line will get the night off. The only one who will play is center Corey Linsley, the rookie who just inherited the job this week after JC Tretter sustained a knee injury.

Rodgers' top-two receivers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, did not suit up. Neither did running back Eddie Lacy. The only offensive starters suited up are fullback John Kuhn and whichever tight end they decide to start, Andrew Quarless or Richard Rodgers.

On the defensive side, coach Mike McCarthy decided to hold out eight of 11 starters. A ninth, linebacker Brad Jones, has a calf injury and will not play. The only starters scheduled to play were safety Micah Hyde and nose tackle Josh Boyd, who will make his first start in place of the injured B.J. Raji.

Here's the full list of those who won’t play:


QB Aaron Rodgers

WR Randall Cobb

WR Jordy Nelson

RB Eddie Lacy

T David Bakhtiari

T Bryan Bulaga

G T.J. Lang

G Josh Sitton

C JC Tretter*

TE Brandon Bostick*


CB Sam Shields

CB Tramon Williams

S Morgan Burnett

LB Clay Matthews

LB Julius Peppers

LB A.J. Hawk

DT Mike Daniels

DE Datone Jones

LB Brad Jones*

CB Demetri Goodson*