GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jeff Saturday has been benched as the Packers' starting center.
Just two games before the playoffs begin, Saturday, a 37-year-old five-time Pro Bowl selection, has been replaced by third-year offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
"We're at two totally different points of our career," Saturday said at his locker. "His is on the up-ramp, mine is on the way out. This is football. It's a business, at the end of the day."
After playing 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Saturday signed a two-year contract with Green Bay last offseason. Saturday chose the Packers over Denver, where he would have reunited with quarterback Peyton Manning. He snapped the ball to Manning for 12 years in Indianapolis.
"Obviously, I'm a stopgap here," Saturday said. "There's no surprise as far as that stuff goes. You're 37 years old. I've been around this thing long enough to know that it's not a long future."