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Notebook: Rodgers says Finley's injury reminder of game's risks

11:34 PM, Oct. 22, 2013
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings picks up yardage during Monday's game against the New York Giants. The former Packers player faces his old team Sunday night.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings picks up yardage during Monday's game against the New York Giants. The former Packers player faces his old team Sunday night.
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Perhaps nobody on the Green Bay Packers roster felt a greater impact from Jermichael Finley's neck injury than Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers ninth-year quarterback had already witnessed neck and spinal injuries derail the careers of two teammates from his 2005 Packers draft class, and he and Finley, Green Bay's enigmatic tight end, had forged a strong relationship over the past several years.

So when Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson's shoulder-to-helmet tackle in the fourth quarter Sunday resulted in Finley lying motionless on Lambeau Field, Rodgers saw again first-hand how ...

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