Don’t expect to see Aaron Rodgers advocating for joint preseason practices anytime soon.
The Packers quarterback spoke out against two NFL teams practicing together after tensions ran high between Green Bay and the Texans on Monday.
“I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t do it for another 14 years,” Rodgers told the media afterward, via Packersnews.com.
“Look, that’s out of my control,” he continued. “I think the key for all of us here, we know how important training camp is not only to our fans but our local businesses. Unless we’re going to California, I’d be bummed out if we had to go to another city. You bring a team in, I understand the point of it. I don’t think doing live special teams drills is very smart. I think the [NFL]PA is going to look at that, for sure. The kickoff especially is one of the most dangerous plays in football, and that’s why they’ve tweaked different things over the years.
“Close to a live kickoff drill I don’t think is the best use of a [joint] practice.”
Rodgers’ comments come after Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. was kicked off the field after he made two hits during a non-tackling session.
While Houston coach Bill O’Brien downplayed the incident, many Packers players were unhappy.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said: “I thought there was no place for that. We addressed it. It’s an unfortunate deal because I was pretty clear with our guys we’re not doing that stuff.”
Green Bay receiver Davante Adams called the hits “unnecessary,” and tight end Jimmy Graham said Johnson’s antics were “kind of ridiculous.”
Johnson was absent Tuesday after he posted a photo to Instagram of him flexing over Green Bay tight end Jace Sternberger. However, he posted to Twitter afterward that he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and removed the Instagram post.
Monday and Tuesday were the only days of joint practices for the Packers and Texans.