Aaron Rodgers wasted no time addressing the obvious Friday during the first day of Green Bay Packers’ training camp.
As Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause writes, the questions posed to the Packers’ quarterback revolved less around football and more about his friend, Ryan Braun, and former teammate, Greg Jennings.
Close friends and business associates, Rodgers was one of many who were lied to by Braun and staunchly defended the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who then admitted Monday to violating Major League Baseball’s ban against performance enhancing drugs.
“Well, I was shocked, I really was, just like I know many of you were,” Rodgers said of Braun. “I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren’t true. So it is disappointing.
“It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that, and I’m disappointed about the way it all went down.”
It also has to hurt that Jennings, his former favorite target in Green Bay who signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason, essentially said Rodgers is more concerned with himself than the team and isn’t willing to be held accountable.
You can read all of Vandermause’s take here: http://tinyurl.com/q7agv86 Be sure to also check out:
*Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty discusses how the Packers aren’t fretting about their chances this season despite not being as active in free-agency as fellow contenders San Francisco and Seattle (http://tinyurl.com/kg326oy).
*Former first-round pick Derek Sherrod remained a spectator at practice on Friday, but in a workout following the opening practice of training camp, Sherrod showed signs that he might be close to being cleared for at least a limited return.
As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes, Sherrod might not be as far behind schedule as it would appear even though he failed his physical Thursday and was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
Demovsky also provides updates on defensive lineman Mike Neal, Sean Richardson, Davon House and more. You can read the rest of Demovsky’s notebook here: http://tinyurl.com/kyb47r2
*McCarthy and his staff spent a lot of time this offseason trying to find answers to the injuries that plagued them throughout the 2012 season. The final results of that research could be seen – and heard – during the Packers’ first training camp practice on Friday (http://tinyurl.com/lzn6ry8)
*Dougherty’s Insider gives a thumbs up to rookie Micah Hyde’s play-making debut and a thumbs down to Mason Crosby reverting to his long-distance struggles (http://tinyurl.com/kt7cavr).