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NFL: Packers sit Rodgers, fall to Ravens

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Packers tight end Robert Tonyan has the ball knocked away by Ravens safety DeShon Elliott (32) in the second quarter Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Evan Habeeb / USA Today Sports

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.

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