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Notebook: Rodgers chalks up sideline exchange with McCarthy to 'competitiveness'

8:22 PM, Sep. 24, 2013
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati.

Chalk it up to two competitive guys letting their frustrations boil over. At least that's how the two principals in Sunday's heated sideline exchange explained it.

In a confrontation caught by TV cameras in Cincinnati, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers were seen talking sternly enough to each other that teammates B.J. Raji and Randall Cobb had to get between the two of them.

Rodgers' comments on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday reflected what McCarthy said in his postgame comments Sunday: It's no big deal. ...

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