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Rodgers expects Woodson back sooner rather than later

Oct. 23, 2012
 

Some tidbits from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/ybagppm):

*He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Charles Woodson, who broke the left clavicle in his collarbone on Sunday, will return in four weeks.

“Charles is maybe the toughest player I’ve ever played with,” said Rodgers.
“It’s tough because him and I are close. I’ve always appreciated his support, his leadership and his friendship, not to mention the way he plays on the field. He’s an incredible player.”

*Rodgers is holding out hope that running back Cedric Benson will return this season. Benson has been placed on injured reserve but is designated to return after injuring his football two weeks ago against Indianapolis.

Rodgers said Benson has remained with the team following the injury.

“He’s been around,” said Rodgers. “His attitude has been great. I know he’s helping those guys out in the meeting room. Still sitting next to me in meetings.”

Rodgers in effect called Benson the best running back he has played with in Green Bay.

"(His) combination of vision, patience and moves in the open field,” said Rodgers of what makes Benson special. “We hadn’t had those three at his level.”

*Rodgers said he has good chemistry with all his receivers, including tight end Jermichael Finley, who has caught 26 passes for 241 yards this season and one touchdown.

“I think obviously the stats for him aren’t exactly where he’d want them to be, but you have to understand he’s been playing with an injury and a lot of times he’s been the guy that teams are trying to take away,” said Rodgers. “There is (value in that).”

*Rodgers said tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot is “head coach material.”

“I believe that,” said Rodgers. “I always enjoy spending time with Jerry and talking to him.

“I’ve always appreciated his football mind. He’s coached a few different positions now. He really understands the game at a high level.”

*Rodgers revealed that he wasn’t feeling well and threw up at the team hotel the evening before the Packers played the Houston Texans. Rodgers hurled a career-high six touchdown passes the next day.

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