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Packers sit Rodgers, Lacy, and Nelson for preseason opener

The Packers will sit Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Jordy Nelson for their preseason opener against the Titans.

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Aaron Rodgers commented earlier this week that he doesn't expect to receive significant preseason action. Apparently his head coach has taken the notion to its logical conclusion.

Rodgers will sit out the Packers preseason opener against the Titans tonight. He'll be joined by wide receiver Jordy Nelson, running back Eddie Lacy, and the team's laundry list of injury scratches.

While the absence of three of Green Bay's most important players may irk some fans, there's little upside to their participation. The Packers already know what they have in their top quarterback, wide receiver, and running back, and they've wisely decided not to risk any of them in what portends to be a sloppy game.

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien expect to receive extensive looks in Rodgers' absence. While Flynn appears to have a solid grasp on the number-two job, Tolzien will have the chance to begin bridging the gap tonight. Similarly, Davante Adams and the Packers' cavalcade of young receivers will see extended playing time with Nelson spending the night on the sidelines.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.