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McCarthy dismisses Rodgers, key veterans from minicamp

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is shown during organized team activities on May 31. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK)

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Mike McCarthy's annual tradition of giving established veterans a hall pass for mandatory minicamp continued for a third offseason, the Green Bay Packers head coach confirmed Tuesday.

Players with six or more years of experience in the NFL -- including quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- were dismissed the past two years. McCarthy said Tuesday the criteria for dismissal was different this time but didn't offer details. Rodgers, however, was one of the 16 players dismissed from the workouts, which run Tuesday through Thursday.

Linebacker Clay Matthews (knee, nose) and left tackle David Bakhtiari also did not attend.

"Well, the format for this camp is similar to the last couple of years and we have a vet-select opportunity," McCarthy said. "Sixteen veterans that have been excused from the camp and that's really twofold: They deserve it, where they are particularly in their career, and as we all know, the second part is there's only so many reps that you can accomplish throughout the offseason. ...

"The focus will be -- exclusively for our young players."

McCarthy said the simplest deduction of the minicamp direction is "maximizing the reps and tailoring them to the group that probably needs them more. So that's the theory behind it. It works. We've seen the improvement just after evaluating our team and our players."

The three-day minicamp is open to the public in Green Bay.

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