GREEN BAY – As expected, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a no-show Monday for the Green Bay Packers’ first organized team activities session of 2021, a person with knowledge of his plans told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
ESPN first reported that Rodgers was not in attendance.
The quarterback hasn't spoken publicly since ESPN first reported April 29 that Rodgers had told teammates he no longer wanted to play for the Packers. Rodgers isn't required to report for offseason workouts until the start of the Packers' mandatory minicamp June 8.
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (Photo: Brett Duke, AP)
Rodgers could provide a first-hand perspective on his standoff with the team Monday night. Kenny Mayne, a staple of ESPN's "SportsCenter" who announced he was leaving the network this month, tweeted the rundown of his guests on his final episode of the show, scheduled for 10 p.m. CDT. Rodgers is among those listed to appear.
In years past Rodgers always has participated in the OTA sessions. But it’s likely other Packers players also stayed away Monday, given the ongoing disagreement between the league and the NFL players association regarding the length of the offseason program.
Tuesday's OTA session will be open to the media.
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