The Green Bay Packers are headed into an uncertain 2023 season. For the first time in 31 years someone named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers won’t be under center come week one. Instead, Jordan Love will be at the helm after sitting behind Aaron Rodgers for two full seasons. OTAs are fully underway, and preseason is just around the corner. That being said, one of Green Bay’s 2023 opponents was just punished by the league for breaking the rules, and it’s a team that has had its fair share of scandals in the past.
Green Bay Packers 2023 Opponent New England Patriots Caught Cheating, Again
According to Mike Reiss:
Filed to ESPN:
The New England Patriots are losing two days of voluntary organized team activities due to a violation of offseason rules, per league sources.
That explains the team’s announcement about Thursday’s practice being called off. Another OTA next week has also been taken away.
At the moment it is unclear what rule the Patriots broke specifically, or which practice next week was taken away by the league. The Patriots had 10 OTAs on their schedule this offseason. The practices, which are voluntary and do not allow any contact, are monitored by the NFL Players Association for possible rules violations.
Several other teams penalized for OTA violations in recent years, specifically when it comes to the non-contact rule. The Dallas Cowboys lost practices in both 2021 and 2022 for violating that rule. The league fined Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy $100,000 and took away a 2023 OTA practice as a result, too. The Chicago Bears had to cancel a practice last summer for the same reason. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks, among others, have also faced similar penalties in the last few years.
The Patriots went 8-9 last season and missed the playoffs for just the second time in the past 14 seasons. Longtime coach Bill Belichick will enter his 24th season with the franchise this fall. The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots will play during the 2023 preseason this year. They will also participate in joint practices leading up to that game.
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