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Associated Press / October 6, 2011

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Aaron Rodgers is shrugging off Brett Favre’s assessment of his success.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP would rather talk about the accomplishments of his Green Bay Packers teammates than dwell on what his predecessor thinks.

“I’m just going to say that I was really proud of our team,’’ Rodgers said yesterday. “It takes 53 guys to win a championship and we had the right recipe last year and we’re trying to do the same thing this season.’’

In a radio interview with an Atlanta station, Favre made remarks that could be interpreted as a subtle attempt to minimize Rodgers’s achievements.

Favre said he wasn’t surprised Rodgers won a Super Bowl, saying “the biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner’’ and that Rodgers “just kind of fell into a good situation.’’

Still, Favre acknowledged that Rodgers can play.

“He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright, and he got a chance to kind of sit and watch and he saw successful teams do it right,’’ Favre said in the interview. “And so he just kind of fell into a good situation. And on top of that, he’s a good player. I don’t think anyone would question now the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So, I really was surprised it took him so long. Really, the early part of last season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know if it would. I just figured at some point, when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.’’

Agent advised Hillis Fearing Peyton Hillis was weakened from strep throat and could risk injury, his agent advised the Browns’ back not to play Sept. 25 against Miami.

Hillis left Browns Stadium about two hours before kickoff, a decision that has led to speculation he was upset over ongoing negotiations with the club on a contract extension.

However, agent Kennard McGuire told the AP that Hillis was too sick to play, and that he could have jeopardized his career.

“The game is physical enough, and the way Peyton plays the game, he needs all the elements of his physical game,’’ McGuire said. “Him being sick, and the level of his sickness, is the equivalent of being injured.

“Not only could he have hurt himself but he could have hurt his team. If anyone wants to point a finger, point it at me.’’

McGuire said Hillis, who rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season with Cleveland, has been affected by contract talks.

“He’s human, of course it’s on his mind,’’ said McGuire, adding he has been in “constant contact’’ with the Browns. “Would it affect him being a pro? No. Does he feel underappreciated? Yes.’’

Johnson won’t play Texans All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson will miss Sunday’s game against the Raiders and an unspecified amount of time after a minor procedure to repair a right hamstring injury. Johnson was hurt in the second quarter of last Sunday’s win over the Steelers . . . Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey was held out of practice because of a concussion, and coach Ron Rivera said he will be reevaluated today . . . Broncos rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin was excused to deal with a family tragedy. Last night, Franklin tweeted, “Thanks guys for all your prayers for my little brother. It’s a shame that he had to die at 20.’’ He didn’t provide any other details . . . Packers receiver Jordy Nelson confirmed that he has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2014 . . . Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack was released from the hospital two days after having an appendectomy. The Browns are off this week

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