The picture from Aaron Rodgers most recent weekly captains’ photobomb began circulating on Tuesday, which Rodgers addressed on his regular radio appearance on the Milwaukee ESPN Radio affiliate. “After getting poked in the eye during a Sept. 30 victory over New Orleans, the Green Bay Packers quarterback joked that he might consider wearing an eye patch as protection in the team’s next game – since he steadfastly refused to wear a clear plastic shield,” writes host Jason Wilde at ESPNMilwaukee.com. “As it turns out, Rodgers donned an eye patch for last Sunday’s victory over Jacksonville when he and backup quarterback Graham Harrell did Rodgers’ customary photo-bombing of the pre-game captains’ photo.” The photo can be viewed at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Aaron Rodgers also disputed any notion that he may have suffered a concussion following a hard hit in Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars. “I’ve had two concussions,” Rodgers is quoted as saying at ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I know what that feels like. I know the moments after. I know I’m not going to put myself in harm’s way by staying in a game when I’m not healthy mentally, when my brain is not healthy. So this was nothing like that. So I’m just going to stop you there, and say, I’m not going to say it was a clean hit, but it was a hit to the head area, and that I’m fine.” Rodgers was hit by Jagaurs linebacker Paul Posluszny to the head area early in the second half of Sunday’s game.
The job of pass blocking by the running backs is examined in a feature article by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Of the jaw-jarring 28 sacks Rodgers has endured halfway into this season, second-most allowed, only one can be attributed to a back, and that’s partially, not fully,” writes Nickel “Cedric Benson failed to get out on a screen pass against Chicago on Rodgers’ first sack that game Sept. 13.” I could have sworn John Kuhn was responsible for a sack this season, but regardless, the backs have done well in pass protection this year. Alex Green in particular has been effective given his inexperience.
On the players’ day off on Tuesday, Randall Cobb paid a visit to an area school. “Every year Sargento sponsors a Green Bay Packers’ visit to St. John the Baptist,” writes Kali Thiel of the Sheboygan Press referring to the parochial school in Plymouth, Wis. “Cobb is the ninth Packer to visit the school.”
The Packers are ranked sixth in this week’s AP Pro32 power rankings.
Fox Sports Wisconsin looks at recent injuries to the Packers and the replacements.
A film study examining the impact of Evan Dietrich-Smith at tight end and in the backfield appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Lombardi Ave. wonders if the Packers could make John Skelton look like a star.
Cheesehead TV’s own Zach Kruse writes about the Packers special teams in his weekly column at JSOnline.
Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda gives his weekly progress report for the Packers.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.