Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that when he spent time on injured reserve in 2006, he stayed in Green Bay to finish the season instead of returning to California.
Rodgers didn’t directly address the way his injured teammates chose to express their disappointment about potentially being left out of the Super Bowl team photo. But, without naming anyone, he said yesterday that some of Green Bay’s 16 players on the injured reserve chose not to rehab locally.
“I’ll say this, I was on IR back in 2006 and I chose to stick around and finish out the season with my guys and be here every game. Some of those guys didn’t,’’ Rodgers said. “We love them, we care about them, we don’t wish injury on anybody, but this is a group of guys that’s really come together and it’s been great to work with the guys we’ve brought in midseason, some of them, and the young guys.
“Some of the guys who were injured, they still are part of this team, but some of them didn’t choose to stick around.’’
Last week, linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley complained on Twitter that they weren’t going to be in the photo because it was scheduled for Tuesday, two days before injured players arrive in Dallas for Super Bowl week. Rodgers and Charles Woodson brought the issue to the attention of coach Mike McCarthy, who decided to reschedule the photo for Friday.
Rodgers also said that he’s healthy, denying a report that he suffered another head injury after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers in the NFC championship game that drew a $10,000 fine.
“Contrary to any reports out there, I didn’t suffer a concussion,’’ Rodgers said. “I’m good to go, 100 percent.’’
Jackson sits out Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson withdrew from today’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu because of a knee injury and will be replaced by the Cowboys’ Miles Austin.
Jackson practiced with the NFC squad but told the Philadelphia Inquirer he had tweaked his left knee, which he hurt in the Eagles’ playoff loss to Green Bay.
Austin, who caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards this season, becomes the sixth Dallas player on the NFC roster, equaling the number of victories for the Cowboys in 2010.
Austin is the second alternate wide receiver to make the NFC squad. Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald replaced Green Bay’s Greg Jennings.