‘Aaron’s going to speak when he wants to speak:’ Teammates comment on Rodgers’ holdout

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers had every player except for one report to mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and it’s one the team did not expect to report.

As expected, Aaron Rodgers did not show up to the first day of this week’s minicamp, leaving Jordan Love to run the first-team offense during drills Tuesday.

While coaches and players say it was good for Love to get the reps at quarterback with Rodgers holding out, they declined to comment on the absence of the reigning NFL MVP.

“I’m just being supportive of my guy and let it all unfold how it does,” wide receiver Davante Adams said. “Obviously, I’m praying that he comes back, we all want him back.”

Tackle David Bakhtiari is one of Rodgers’ closest friends on the team, but said he didn’t want to speak for him.

“As time goes on, it’s going to sort itself out and we all will find out,” Bakhtiari said. “Aaron’s going to speak when he wants to speak. The Packers and the people making those decisions are going to speak to us when they want to speak to us and tell us what’s going on. Other than that, that’s behind closed doors and it’s out of our control.”

The Packers have the ability to fine Rodgers for missing minicamp, but the team could choose to consider it an excused absence.

Head coach Matt LaFleur declined to answer if the team would waive Rodgers’ fines, saying those conversations are going to be kept in-house.