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Aaron Rodgers skips Packers minicamp, faces $93K fine

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a holdout in minicamp for the first time in his 16-year NFL career Tuesday because of his rift with the franchise. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a holdout in minicamp for the first time in his 16-year NFL career Tuesday because of his rift with the franchise. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

June 8 (UPI) -- Aaron Rodgers was a no-show Tuesday at the Green Bay Packers' mandatory minicamp, which makes the All-Pro quarterback potentially liable for more than $93,000 in fines.

Sources told NFL Network and Yahoo Sports that Rodgers did not report to the practice session with his teammates.

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Skipping the session makes Rodgers subject to $93,085 in fines should he miss all three days of the practices. The Packers still can grant Rodgers an excused absence to avoid the fines.

Rodgers will be fined $50,000 per day if he skips mandatory training camp. Those fines cannot be waived, as they are mandated by the NFL for players who miss training camp due to holdouts.

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The reigning NFL MVP already forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus earlier this off-season by not showing up for voluntary organized team activities.

Rodgers' absence from minicamp was expected amid his stalemate with the franchise related to a contract dispute and disagreement with members of the front office.

He told ESPN in May that the rift is not tied to the team's decision to select backup quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Love now sits atop the Packers depth chart at quarterback in light of Rodgers' absence. Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert are the other quarterbacks on the depth chart.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said in May that he hoped to get Rodgers back "at some point" this off-season.

Rodgers never held out over his previous 16 seasons with the Packers. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time MVP and former Super Bowl champion led the NFL with 48 touchdown passes and a 121.5 quarterback rating in 16 starts last season.

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Rodgers, 37, is under contract through 2023. Packers minicamp ends Wednesday, and training camp starts July 27.

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