Robert Saleh, Jets head coach, says that Aaron Rodgers’s absence from Jets minicamp is not an excuse.

The New York Jets’ roster was missing two Pro Bowlers when they opened their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Robert Saleh, head coach of the New York Jets, said that both absences were not excused.

Saleh said that he spoke with defensive tackle Haason reddick over the weekend. Reddick has been sitting out team activities as he seeks a new contract, but is “in an excellent mental place, working hard.”

Aaron Rodgers – four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers – was also absent.

Saleh said at a press conference held before the practice, “Aaron was with me before OTAs even started.” “He’s very good with communication. He has been here the whole time. It’s not an excuse, but he had a very important event for him that he communicated.”

Saleh confirmed the fines imposed on both players under the collective agreement because the team had not excused their absence. This three-day spring minicamp is the one event that is mandatory, and therefore fineable, before training camp begins late July.

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Saleh said Rodgers had “communicated” his absence and that the team was not concerned with his development or playbook mastery as he enters Year 20 of his NFL Career. In his first Jets offseason Tyrod Taylor was scheduled to play first-team snaps.

Saleh said: “I believe it will be more beneficial to Tyrod than Aaron’s loss.”

Rodgers is not the first high-profile athlete to miss a practice at a minicamp. Players are increasingly refusing to participate in spring practices or to take a stand during contract negotiations.

But Rodgers, intentionally or unintentionally, put his attendance under a microscope when in January he said the Jets needed to “flush the bulls***” and eliminate “anything in the building that we’re doing individually or collectively that has nothing to do with real winning.”

Critics will question if missing the mandatory minicamp aligns to that goal.

Rodgers discussed his offseason in May, which included the possibility of running as vice president on Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Rodgers stated that his consideration of a vice presidential candidacy was “a real” thing and he “had a couple of nice discussions” with Kennedy.

Rodgers said that he had two options. “I could retire and become his vice president, or I could keep playing. And I wanted to keep on playing.”

Rodgers’ connection to the Kennedy Campaign led some to question whether the “event that was important to” Rodgers, was a Kennedy campaign event. The Kennedy campaign website does not list any events Kennedy is not scheduled to be in Southern California on Thursday, where Rodgers owns a home, but he will attend a reception there on Tuesday or even Wednesday.

Rodgers was in the Jets facility Monday, Saleh confirmed. He took a medical and completed his media requirements.

Saleh said Rodgers’ absence at the minicamp did not disappoint him.

Saleh said: “Again, selfishly, I want all our guys here at all times, but when these mandatory things come up, you have to make the right decision for yourself.” “He made a choice and he stuck with it.

“He had something very important for him. If it’s significant to him, then it’s significant to us.”

Rodgers, a player who only played four snaps in the last season before tearing an Achilles tendon said that he did not believe that his offseason podcasts and considerations for candidacy conflicted with his message of eliminating distractions.

Rodgers said, “I respect their opinions, but these are things that are done in the offseason and they are real opportunities.” He said on May 21. “Once the football season starts, everything is about football.”

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