Packers bench center Jeff Saturday

The Green Bay Packers have decided to bench veteran center Jeff Saturday in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith, which shouldn’t be a surprise since they’re a team that’s always looking for younger players to make an impact.

At the podium Friday, coach Mike McCarthy said Evan Dietrich-Smith would start at center against the Tennessee Titans. And moments later at his locker, five-time Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday — who didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday with a neck injury — assured he is healthy enough to play. So, yes, Saturday is being benched with two regular-season games to go.

“As a player, it’s always disappointing whenever someone else goes in front of you,” Saturday said. “It’s a tough thing to deal with, but I’m going to deal with it. Here’s the one thing — I can look at my family and I can look at all my players and say, ‘I’ve put the best I can be out there.’ So if that’s not good enough and someone is better, they deserve to play.”

It looks like Saturday’s long NFL career may come to an end once this season is over.


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