The Green Bay Packers showed what the true meaning of the NFL preseason means to them Thursday night in Baltimore: Leave Aaron Rodgers on the sideline where he can’t get hurt and play a bevy of backups.
Green Bay used a trio of middling quarterbacks in place of Rodgers in a 26-13 exhibition loss to the Ravens.
Deshone Kizer started and completed 5-of-10 passes for 70 yards before giving way to former Eastern Kentucky signal-caller Tim Boyle, who was 12-for-21 for 107 yards and the Packers’ lone touchdown to North Dakota State product Darrius Shepherd. Rookie Manny Wilkins mopped up.
Darrin Hall led the Packers’ anemic rushing attack with 31 yards on seven carries. Overall, Green Bay rushed for just 55 yards on 18 attempts.
Trace McSorley, a rookie from Penn State, tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore, rookie Justice Hill ran in from 11 yards out and Justin Tucker bookended the game with two field goals in the first quarter and two more in the fourth for the Ravens.
The Ravens might have lost nickel cornerback Tavon Young for the season because of a neck injury, coach John Harbaugh told reporters following his team's preseason win at home over the Packers.
"Tavon has a more serious issue than we thought. He's got a neck issue," Harbaugh told reporters. "... It's a disc issue, so that's a serious injury. He could be out for the remainder of the season. We'll know soon, but it doesn't look good for Tavon."
According to the team's website, Harbaugh later told reporters there was an "outside chance" Young's injury could heal on its own, but said the team feels right now surgery is in the 25-year-old's best interest.
The injury happened earlier this week at practice.
The Ravens signed Young to a three-year, $25.8 million extension this offseason as he entered the final year of his rookie contract.
A fourth-round pick out of Temple in 2016, Young has 87 tackles, two sacks, 13 pass breakups, three interceptions and a pair of fumbles returned for touchdowns in 31 career games (17 starts). He missed the 2017 season after tearing his ACL in summer OTAs.