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Rodgers would welcome return of Clifton to Packers

Nov. 13, 2012
 

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his radio show today on ESPN Milwaukee (http://tinyurl.com/bo5s6rx) that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers made a move to shore up their injury-riddled offensive line.

Rodgers didn’t dismiss the notion that the Packers could send out feelers to former Green Bay tackle Chad Clifton.

“I haven’t talked to (Clifton) in a while, but I would guess he might be lured,” said Rodgers. “He might be able to be lured from Nashville.

“I love (Clifton). I would never not want to see him up here. We’ve had a lot of fun together. I would love to see him up here.”

Clifton played 12 seasons with the Packers but wasn’t brought back following an injury-plagued 2011 season.

When asked if Clifton had enough left in the tank, Rodgers said: “I think if there’s any interest then it’s worth looking into.”

Other items of interest from Rodgers’ weekly radio show:

*Rodgers believes Evan Dietrich-Smith will be the Packers’ future starting center.

“I have a lot of confidence in him,” said Rodgers.
“I do feel pretty certain that he’s going to be with us a long time and the starting center.”

Dietrich-Smith is starting at left guard for T.J. Lang, who moved over to right tackle to replace Bryan Bulaga, who is lost for the season with a hip injury.

Rodgers said he challenged Dietrich-Smith during 2011 training camp to make the team and suggested he had the ability to become a starter.

“I think Evan has a bright future for this team and this league,” Rodgers said.

*Rodgers said he believes Bulaga’s injury won’t hamper his career. “I don’t think this is going to affect Bryan down the road,” Rodgers said.

*Rodgers said the recent rash of concussions suffered by quarterbacks is part of the game.

“I don’t worry about it because I know what I’m getting into,” Rodgers said about the nature of the NFL. “This is a violent game and those injuries are going to happen.”

Rodgers said the recent concussions are a reminder to him “to get down because guys on other side of the ball are bigger, faster stronger than they’ve ever been.”

Rodgers disputed a published report that when he suffered his concussion in Detroit two years ago, it was receiver Donald Driver that told team trainers to get him off the field.

After he was examined by the team’s medical personnel, Rodgers said: “There was no way I was going back on the field.”

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