Packers’ Aaron Rodgers returns to practice

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced Monday after sitting out the Packers’ second preseason game in Baltimore and being sidelined during practice Sunday with back tightness.

But the verdict is still out on whether the two-time MVP and Cal alum will make his preseason debut Thursday night against the Raiders in Canada.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said the plan is for Rodgers to play. Head coach Matt LaFleur said he’s still undecided, and Rodgers said after practice that nothing he’ll see against Oakland in Winnipeg will be better or more valuable than what he sees every day against his teammates on the defensive side.

“The practices are so much more important than the preseason,” he said. “The looks that we see on a day like today are invaluable reps. It’s an attacking defense, it’s different fronts, it’s different pressures. Oakland does some different things over the last couple of preseasons that stress you at times protection-wise, so it’s not as vanilla as you might see in the preseason.

“But the best reps I’m going to see all summer are in practice. If Matt wants us to play, we’ll play and go out and compete. If not, I feel pretty good about where we’re at.”

LaFleur, despite having yet to see Rodgers against live competition, said he has all the confidence in the world that the 15-year veteran will be ready when Green Bay opens the season Sept. 5 at Chicago.

Gordon back on field: Oft-suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to the Patriots’ practice field without pads and without saying when he might be able to play again.

Gordon was seen stretching on the field during the portion of the team’s workout that was open to the media.

The Patriots placed Gordon on the non-football injury list Sunday, two days after the NFL reinstated him from an indefinite suspension that cost him the final three games of the 2018 regular season and the team’s Super Bowl run.

Briefly: Tennessee running back Derrick Henry is back at practice for the first time since hurting his left calf on the opening day of the Titans’ training camp. He was was second in the AFC in rushing last season. … The Colts put second-year receiver Daurice Fountain and running back D’Onta Foreman on injured reserve.

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