In next chapter of PhotoGate, Rodgers calls Barnett

The Green Bay Packers would love for PhotoGate to be over and done with before they board their charter flight Monday for Dallas.

But they’re smart enough to know the questions will be waiting for them when they get there.

But quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who stoked the flames on Saturday when he was critical of players on injured reserve who have done their rehabilitation away from Green Bay, did his part to bury the issue.

According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Rodgers called linebacker Nick Barnett on Saturday to smooth things over. Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley had been the most outspoken players when the story broke that the 16 players on IR would be excluded from the team photo. After Rodgers and fellow captain Charles Woodson met with coach Mike McCarthy, the photo was moved to Friday to include the injured players.

I initiated the conversation. We ironed things out. I didn't think there needed to be an apology on either side," Rodgers said. "I reminded him I was the one who went to the third floor and lobbied to have everyone in the team photo. I realize people are going to want to talk about this at the Super Bowl, but everything is cool."

Maybe the issue will soon go away. Or maybe someone else will soon have their own grievance to air. Either way, the game can’t come soon enough, can it?

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