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Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:22 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 9:31 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The defending Super Bowl champs aren't holding informal workouts during the lockout. And by all accounts, they seem content with that strategy heading into the 2011 season.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy first addressed the issue publicly two weeks ago.

“I’m more interested in them being together as a group for Greg Jennings’ event or Donald Driver’s event," McCarthy told ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde. "I think that’s as important as them going onto the field and trying to manufacture a practice. I think anytime you have a group of people, especially professionals, there’s other factors involved that obviously have to deal with risk. Part of our business in the training environment is risk assessment."

On Thursday, it was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' turn. Speaking on a conference call to promote the American Celebrity Championship golf tournament (because what better time to discuss non-football activities than with fairways and beer carts as the backdrop), the Rodgers sounded unconcerned by the lack of player-organized workouts.

“We did have a great gathering in Green Bay a few Thursdays ago,” Rodgers said of the Super Bowl ring ceremony. “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. … 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.”

We mentioned it last month, but it's hard to argue with how the Packers choose to prepare since, you know, they're five month removed from a championship. And it's not as if their Super Bowl run was a fluke; Green Bay, for all those years with Brett Favre and now with Rodgers, are a perennial playoff team.

So while these get-togethers might be "better than nothing" (Eli Manning's words last month), they don't replicate the intensity of minicamp or training camp sessions, and come with the associated injury risks. McCarthy's right: Part of training is risk assessment.

Take, for example, 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree who, according to teammate Vernon Davis, injured his foot during an informal team training session June 9.

This helps explain why, if the lockout ends in the coming weeks, McCarthy probably won't hold pre-training camp workouts.

"The league might allow some workout/practice days at team facilities before training camps open, but McCarthy won’t put his players through any minicamp or organized team activity-type practices, the Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky wrote Thursday.

"Instead, he plans to use those allotted pre-training camp days to get players in the weight room and in the classroom to make sure they’re ready to go when training opens, which would be July 30 if a new CBA is done in time."

Meanwhile, progress toward a new CBA continues in fits and starts.

“I think everybody has a sense that [the lockout is] going to end soon,” Rodgers said. “It’s just a matter of how soon is soon.”

For the time being, Rodgers is more focused on golf. Now watch this drive.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:36 am

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

Hey, This particular world wide web page has good health, that you really established to operate content management systems ? Wordpress or some other?

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:17 pm
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Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:07 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:30 am

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

I'm actually pretty sure that this is being reported somewhat incorrectly.  Some Packers defensemen have been seen around Madison WI.  My roommate ran in to Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews and Sam Shields and said that Charles said they (the defensemen) were working out here in Madison.  I'm not sure how much merit there is, but I know that several people I know have seen severel Packers defenders in Madison.

Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:46 pm

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

I'm not worried at all about not practicing. It should be OK if our rookies are behind. This team is very deep. We shouldn't have to count on rookies this year to have to do much.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:03 am

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

Super Bowl 46: Packers 42 Patriots 37

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:45 pm

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

Slow news day???

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:12 pm

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

No worries.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:10 pm

Aaron Rodgers not worried about missed practices

Time will tell..


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