Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) runs onto Ray Nitschke Field during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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Packers WR Randall Cobb (foot) misses practice

Green Bay Packers wideout Randall Cobb missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury, multiple outlets reported.

Head coach Matt LaFleur did not comment on the injury during his morning session with reporters.

Cobb, who turns 32 later this month, is entering his 12th NFL season.

The slot specialist has 591 receptions for 7,168 yards and 52 touchdowns in 142 games with the Packers (2011-18, 2021), Dallas Cowboys (2019) and Houston Texans (2020).

Also missing practice were tight end Dominique Dafney (knee) and rookie defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt, who is being evaluated for a concussion.

Green Bay opens the preseason on Friday night at San Francisco.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) participates in training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis.Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Aaron Rodgers: Brief preseason appearances ‘waste of time’

The Green Bay Packers are undecided about whether to have Aaron Rodgers take some preseason snaps, but the two-time reigning MVP knows where he stands on the issue.

Rodgers told reporters Tuesday that he sees no benefit to playing in the preseason, something he has not done since 2018.

“I think it’s kind of a no-win situation to the outside of the building,” Rodgers said. “If somebody gets hurt: ‘I can’t believe they played our guys.’ But if we go out and have a stinker (to start the season): ‘I can’t believe they didn’t play them.’

“You’ve just got to do what’s best for the squad, and (head coach) Matt (LaFleur) is going to do that. He’s going to lean on the leaders of the football team and if he feels like we need to go out and play, we’ll go out and play. But I don’t want to just go out and play three plays. That, to me, is a waste of time.”

The Packers will start Jordan Love in their preseason opener Friday against the San Francisco 49ers, LaFleur announced, adding that a decision about Rodgers’ playing time had yet to be made.

The star quarterback said he was not speaking about it Tuesday in order to “send a message to” LaFleur, because he’d already communicated his opinion to the coach.

“I definitely don’t see any benefit to playing one series,” Rodgers said. “If we’re going to play, we should play a quarter, a couple of series, two to three series. Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.”

LaFleur said Rodgers’ stance “stimulates conversation” among the staff about how to approach the preseason. He added that Rodgers won’t play Week 2 of the preseason against the New Orleans Saints, leaving open the possibility he gets in some work in the preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We’ll probably look at it after New Orleans,” LaFleur said. “So don’t ask me for a couple weeks.”

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) has some fun during training camp Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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NFL: No issue with Aaron Rodgers’ ayahuasca use

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t face discipline from the NFL over his revelation that he used ayahuasca.

Rodgers recently said on the “The Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that he drank the hallucinogenic beverage during a 2020 trip to Peru, and he emerged with “a deep and meaningful appreciation for life.”

However, because ayahuasca isn’t on the list of banned substances per the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union, Rodgers couldn’t get into trouble for using it, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Rodgers stated his belief that using ayahuasca helped him to his MVP season in 2020, when he posted league highs in completion rate (70.7 percent) and touchdown passes (48).

He came back to earn his second straight MVP award, and the fourth of his career, in 2021, when he threw for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions as the Packers went 13-4. However, the Packers were upset in their first playoff game, falling 13-10 to the visiting San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round.

Rodgers, 38, is a 10-time Pro Bowl performer who ranks 10th in NFL history in both passing yards (55,360) and completions (4,651) and fifth in touchdown passes (449).

He led Green Bay to a Super Bowl championship after the 2010 season, but his .524 postseason winning percentage (11-10) pales when compared to his .675 regular-season winning percentage (139-66-1).

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) looks to pass the ball during Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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Jordan Love to start preseason opener for Packers

Jordan Love is the starter for the Packers in their preseason opener on Friday with Green Bay undecided about putting Aaron Rodgers on the field before September.

Love gets all of the work with the first-team offense against the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Matt LaFleur said, giving the 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft a chance to show his strong training camp is not a fluke.

LaFleur said Love has shown “a lot of growth” this summer.

“Jordan, it’s been pretty impressive what he’s been able to put together the last few practices,” LaFleur said.

Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension in the offseason after weighing retirement and a trade demand, which kept Love in the backup role for at least another season.

Love, 23, has appeared in six NFL games for the Packers, including a dreadful showing at Kansas City in 2021. He has two touchdown passes, three interceptions and 411 passing yards for his career.

He’s in his third season and under contract for 2023, with a team option for 2024.

Rodgers has not played in a preseason game since 2018. LaFleur said conversations about getting Rodgers reps would come “after New Orleans,” meaning the Packers are likely rolling with Love for the first two preseason games.

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Packers S Darnell Savage injures right hamstring

Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage said he’s not worried about the right hamstring injury he sustained in Friday’s “Family Night” session at Lambeau Field.

“I don’t think it’s a concern,” he told reporters after practice. “It’s a fast-people injury. Some of those things you can’t avoid. I’ll just handle it the right way and listen to those guys back there and I’ll be all right.”

Savage, 25, pulled up while covering wide receiver Amari Rodgers. He spent the rest of the night on the sideline with ice wrapped around his right leg.

A first-round pick in 2019, Savage has recorded eight interceptions and 193 tackles in 46 starts over the past three seasons.

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers loving underdog rookie WR

Aaron Rodgers’ penchant for donning his GM cap persists even after the Packers paid up to keep the Green Bay quarterback content.

Rodgers, working with a reshuffled stack of talent at wide receiver in the aftermath of No. 1 target Davante Adams moving on via trade to the Las Vegas Raiders, said he likes what he sees so far in training camp.

Rodgers said he envisions Allen Lazard replacing Adams as his top option, and they’ve connected early and often in training camp.

“Allen Lazard is going to step into the No. 1 role,” Rodgers said, “and I think it’s going to be a very seamless transition for him as a primary blocker and kind of a niche guy for us, to get an opportunity to get more throws, be No. 1 in the progression more often.”

But there could be big things in store for fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs, who is winning over Rodgers in training camp and making headlines with his big-play flair. Doubs has taken advantage of second-rounder Christian Watson spending the first week of camp on the physically unable to perform list, and Sammy Watkins being slowed out of the gate.

“Romeo Doubs has had a really nice start to the camp,” Rodgers said. “He’s been getting a lot of attention based on some of the plays that he’s made. I like the approach. Very understated kid, very humble kid from kind of inner city L.A., made his way to Nevada.”

Doubs, 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds, was All-Mountain West at Nevada with 80 receptions and 11 touchdowns in 11 games in 2021. Before opening eyes at the Senior Bowl on the pre-draft circuit, Doubs caught national attention with a 19-catch, 203-yard showing at Fresno State last October.

“I was sitting with him at lunch the other day and really just marveling,” Rodgers said. “It’s surprising how many teams passed on him. Whatever reason it was, we all feel really good about Romeo and the start he’s gotten off to.”

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers touts ‘Hall of Famer’ Allen Lazard as No. 1 WR

Count Aaron Rodgers among the members of the Allen Lazard Fan Club.

Transitioning from Davante Adams to a new, as yet undefined No. 1 wide receiver in Green Bay, the Packers’ MVP quarterback said Wednesday he believes Lazard is ready for the role.

“I mean it’s always tough going from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer. From Davante to Allen, it’s gonna be a transition, but he’s capable of a lot,” Rodgers said during an interview in the locker room.

Adams said in an interview he was adjusting while going from Hall of Famer (Rodgers) to Hall of Famer (Raiders quarterback Derek Carr) in Las Vegas.

Adams was traded to the Raiders, leaving Rodgers and the Packers to establish a new pecking order in the receiver room.

Green Bay signed Sammy Watkins, a former first-round pick, and veteran slot receiver Randall Cobb is also back but surrounded by questions at the other receiver spots.

Unless you ask Rodgers.

The statement goes beyond just words to media. Rodgers threw a 50-50 pass down the center of the field for Lazard against safety Adrian Amos in Wednesday’s workout at training camp. Lazard focused on the deflected pass and secured the reception while going to the ground and spun it in celebration in the highlight of the on-field work.

“Who I don’t think we need any patience with is Allen. I really think Allen is ready to make a jump and be a No. 1 receiver,” Rodgers said.

General manager Brian Gutekunst said earlier Wednesday that the Packers view Lazard as a lead receiver, adding “The sky is the limit for him.”

A fifth-year pro, Lazard caught 40 passes for 513 yards with eight touchdowns in 2021, including four TDs in the final three regular-season games.

The 26-year-old has 109 receptions in 42 career games (25 starts) — or the type of production Rodgers and the Packers expected from Adams in one season.

The undrafted player joined the Packers from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad in 2018 and is playing this season on the restricted free agent tender of $3.986 million.

“He’s been our dirty work guy for most of his career here,” Rodgers added. “Now he’s getting an opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver.”

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Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst (left) laughs with new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur at his introductory press conference in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst (left) laughs with new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur at his introductory press conference in the Lambeau Field media auditorium..

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Reports: Packers extend coach Matt LaFleur, GM Brian Gutekunst

The Green Bay Packers awarded contract extensions to head coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball, multiple reports said Monday.

The terms were not revealed, but it was reported that the extensions were agreed to months ago.

Speaking with reporters Monday, Packers president Mark Murphy said, “I’ll just say I’m confident not only Matt and Brian but Russ Ball will continue to be Packers employees for years to come.”

The Packers have gone 39-10 with three NFC North titles in three years under LaFleur and are 45-19-1 since Gutekunst took over for Ted Thompson as GM in 2018.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Packers wideout Davante Adams were apparently disillusioned with Gutekunst during 2020 and 2021. The pair at one point posted the same image of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on their Instagram stories.

At the height of Rodgers’ unhappiness with the Packers organization, the posts were read as a reference to “The Last Dance” docuseries, in which Bulls general manager Jerry Krause was painted as a villain. Rodgers reportedly referred to Gutekunst as “Jerry Krause” in texts with teammates.

Gutekunst and the Packers still managed to convince Rodgers to return to Green Bay after he’d privately claimed he’d never play for the organization again. He signed a contract extension in March that will pay him $150.8 million over the next three years.

Adams, meanwhile, did not receive the deal he was looking for and was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy runs between quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and quarterback Jordan Love (10) during the second day of training camp Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Going Camping: Green Bay Packers

Again one win away from representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers experienced another rollercoaster of an offseason.

Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay was up in the air after a “last dance” theme and retirement talk, but he instead signed a record deal just before one of the best receivers in franchise history was shipped to Las Vegas.

Training camp location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Nitschke Field
Rookie report date: July 22
Veteran report date: July 26

Key acquisitions: WR Sammy Watkins, P Pat O’Donnell, DL Jarran Reed, CB Keisean Nixon
Key losses: WR Davante Adams, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, OG Lucas Patrick, LB Oren Burks, CB Chandon Sullivan, P Corey Bojorquez, DE Za’Darius Smith

There might be more of an emphasis on the running game this season for the Packers, who have the second-worst receiving corps personnel, according to Pro Football Focus. There’s no replacement for a guy like Davante Adams, but Sammy Watkins will do his best alongside Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and rookie Christian Watson.

Luckily Green Bay retained essentially all of its defensive core while adding Jarran Reed to the defensive line. With one of the best secondaries in the league, the Packers should be able to hold opposing receivers in check to help make up for the faults they have on the offensive side.

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Packers at Vikings 4:25 p.m. ET
Line: Packers -2 (FanDuel)
Total: 48.5

Green Bay has the cornerbacks to contain Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, and if the front seven can limit Dalvin Cook, the Packers will coast victory. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon should also be able to move the ball on the ground at will against a Minnesota defense that allowed 130.7 rushing yards per game last season.

–THE ADAMS EFFECT

With no Davante Adams, taking Aaron Rodgers to throw under 30.5 touchdowns at -112 (FanDuel) is a statistically sound bet ($112 bet would net $100 profit). Adams has been the target for at least 29 percent of Rodgers’ touchdowns in three of the last four seasons, including a whopping 52 percent mark during the 2017-18 campaign.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari waves to the cameras at the start of minicamp practice Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers put LT David Bakhtiari on PUP list

The Green Bay Packers put All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Saturday.

It’s another setback for Bakhtiari, who was expected to be ready for Packers training camp next week.

Bakhtiari, 30, who missed all but 27 snaps last season following the injury he suffered on Dec. 31, 2020, has been beset by complications since surgery to repair his ACL.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in the 2021 season finale but was then shut down for the postseason. He required a procedure to reduce swelling and drain fluid from around the knee.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said in June the team was targeting training camp for Bakhtiari’s return.

Bakhtiari joined teammates Christian Watson, Mason Crosby, Robert Tonyan, Elgton Jenkins, Kylin Hill, Patrick Taylor, Dean Lowry, Randy Ramsey and Hauati Pututau on the PUP list.

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