Packers bench veteran center Jeff Saturday
The Packers benched veteran center Jeff Saturday for Evan Dietrich-Smith, Saturday confirmed on Friday.
Saturday confirmed the benching to ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde and called it a "passing of the torch."
Jeff Saturday confirms he has been benched as the #Packers starting center in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith. Calls it a passing of the torch,— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 21, 2012
Saturday was signed this offseason by Green Bay after a 13-year career with the Colts, in order to replace departed center Scott Wells.
The veteran is ranked 30th by Pro Football Focus out of all NFL centers, and his pass-blocking rate is probably helped by the fact that he has Aaron Rodgers taking snaps under center.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy hinted at a possible change earlier Friday, before Saturday confirmed the benching.
"We'll see," McCarthy said. "We'll probably go with Evan Dietrich-Smith to start the game."
In other words, Saturday's health (he's dealing with neck and shoulder injuries) isn't the reason why he's sitting. It's his play, which is unfortunate, because he has been a great player for his entire career.
But now the 37-year-old's future in Green Bay, and perhaps in the NFL, looks very much in doubt.
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