The word out of Green Bay this week was that Aaron Rodgers was going to play for the Green Bay Packers in their second preseason game and their final exhibition contest at Lambeau Field. That indeed appears to be the case, as Rodgers — and almost the entire Packers starting lineup — is in uniform for tonight’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Both of the Packers’ injured offensive tackles, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, were both in pads during warmups. However, Bulaga ended up being a scratch for the game, along with another starting lineman, left guard Lane Taylor. However, we will get to see the Packers’ biggest free agent acquisition, tight end Jimmy Graham, as he is in uniform tonight as well.
How long will the starters play? Head coach Mike McCarthy said he hopes to get Aaron Rodgers about ten snaps or so tonight, meaning most likely one or two series for him and the starters.
The Packers defense also gets closer to full health tonight. Clay Matthews is playing, as is rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander. Unfortunately, we’ll need to wait at least another week to see cornerback Kevin King or defensive lineman Mike Daniels.
For the Steelers, several key players are out, both with injuries and as healthy scratches. Their top two quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and backup Landry Jones, are sitting, along with star wide receiver Antonio Brown and All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward. Joining them on the shelf are former Wisconsin Badger T.J. Watt, who has a hamstring injury, and a handful of others.
Here are the inactive players for both teams tonight.
- OLB Nick Perry (PUP list, ankle)
- OT Bryan Bulaga
- DT Mike Daniels
- WR Trevor Davis
- RB Aaron Jones
- CB Kevin King
- RB Devante Mays
- LG Lane Taylor
- S Jermaine Whitehead
- WR Eli Rogers (PUP list, knee)
- S Marcus Allen (??)
- S Sean Davis (groin)
- G Ramon Foster (knee)
- TE Xavier Grimble (thumb)
- TE Vance McDonald (foot)
- OLB T.J. Watt (hamstring)
- WR Antonio Brown (healthy)
- CB Joe Haden (healthy)
- DL Cameron Heyward (healthy)
- QB Ben Roethlisbertger (healthy)