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Aaron Rodgers confident Packers will be OK minus workouts

Veteran comfortable with approach Brad Biggs

Print This July 01, 2011, 09:54 AM EST

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have any problem heading into the 2011 season as the Green Bay Packers defend their Super Bowl championship without having had any player-run practices.

Speaking on a conference call in advance of the American Celebrity Championship, a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Rodgers made it clear it’s not an issue for him, his coach or his teammates.

We did have a great gathering in Green Bay a few Thursdays ago,” Rodgers said, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Other than that, we haven’t had anything official. And the reasoning is that guys’ schedules and the risk-reward, which I think (coach) Mike McCarthy hit on. So I’m going to allow his comments to kind of answer that question as he did a couple of weeks ago. Mike has always been a big supporter of the work we do individually. I’ll just refer to what Mike said as far as some of that stuff goes and just leave it at that.”

That doesn’t mean Rodgers has been a bump on a log. He’s done individual work to ensure he’s in shape and ready to roll.

“I’ve been working on a few things,” he said. “I don’t really like sharing too much of the stuff I’m working on, but there’s always room for improvement. As I look at the season in review, there’s definitely going to be things I’m working on.”

Everyone will be watching how the Packers do coming out of the gates. It’s never easy to repeat and if they stumble early, some will surely wonder if their approach in the offseason hurt them. But you don’t hear any players complaining, that is for sure, and really how much work can be accomplished in player-run workouts?

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune


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Jul 01, 2011
02:07 PM

It's funny about the scheduling thing. Not to brag, but in Green Bay (and all teams have good guys too) they're really all a bunch of good guys and are highly involved in communities and charities.

Although James Jones might be moving on to a different team, he just ended a FREE football camp for poor folks. One where he actually shows up and actually runs it and actually is involved in the drills (imagine that AP). All because in his youth he spent mostly in shelters and couldn't attend the high priced ones (like the ones AP promotes for 200 bucks and wont attend).

But like Steinberg points out, a lot of guys do good works ( a vast majority) but it's not headline material compared to idiots that shoot off their mouths, shoot up, shoot themselves, or shoot others...

Jul 01, 2011
03:10 PM

If you follow their tweets those guys are at the lab every day. Conditioning will not be a problem. It's not like we have Albert Haynesworths all over the team.

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