Rodgers still a no-show as minicamp begins
GREEN BAY (CBS) -- The Packers started their mandatory minicamp Tuesday with one notable absence still hanging over the franchise.
Aaron Rodgers was a no-show for the start of minicamp, and he wasn't seen as the team took the field Tuesday morning for the first practice of minicamp. Rodgers is now officially a holdout, as mandatory minicamp is the first required offseason event for all Packers players.
Last week, Head Coach Matt LaFleur said he hoped Rodgers would be in attendance.
"I think anytime you're talking about any player on your football team, you'd love everybody to be here," said Coach LaFleur after Tuesday's practice. "It is what is, man. We'll focus, control and work on the guys that are here and try to help them become the best to their ability and coach the heck out of them."
Rodgers is reportedly frustrated over decisions made by the team’s front office, saying on a recent national TV appearance that “it’s about culture, it’s about character, it’s about doing things the right way.”
The Packers also practice Wednesday and Thursday in Green Bay. If Rodgers misses those days as well, he could incur $93,000 in fines. Training camp begins in late July.
Rodgers absence can be excused by the team, but Coach LaFleur did not say whether or not that was the case.
"We're not going to get into any of that, that's team business that we're always going to keep confidential between us and the player," said LaFleur