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Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were dealing with injuries, responding to injuries and the national anthem protests. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You reportedly sustained broken ribs during Thursday's victory over the Bears, but later reports stated the injury wasn't as serious and you're preparing to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. What can you say about the injury? How are you feeling? And will we see you on the field against Dallas?
Montgomery: I'm going to do my best to try to be out there. But of course, I have to be wary of risking something more serious. I don't want to puncture any internal organs. We all know how serious that can be. It's also kind of frustrating when an injury happens - obviously it's in the public eye and everybody wants to know what's going on. But I wish I could have some privacy on my own injuries sometimes. And I wish the people that are reporting things from anonymous sources could be held accountable for the things that they report.
It is what it is. But I will say that (the ribs) are broken. Multiple. And I'll be fine. I'm feeling a lot better than I felt on Thursday. I can laugh now, I can sleep now. My movement's fine. It's just a matter of, is it going to be safe enough for me to be out there and not risk internal injury? That's the conversation I'm trying to have now.
Q: Rookie running back Aaron Jones played well after you and fellow running back Jamaal Williams exited Thursday's game due to injury. What were your thoughts as you not only watched him step up but also an offensive line that performed well despite playing with four guards? What impressed you about what your team was able to accomplish given the adversity it was under?
Montgomery: It was awesome because basically we have an entire team of versatile football players. I think it's really cool. And Aaron coming in and doing what he does, and he's going to continue to be successful. Aaron's a stud. Dude's really fast. If you haven't had a chance to watch his highlight tape from UTEP, please go do yourself a favor. It's phenomenal. ... Just the focus and the resiliency to handle all the injuries. To handle guys stepping up and playing in multiple positions. The defense getting turnovers. We needed a win like that at home, especially against a division rival.
Q: You grew up in a military family as your father and mother retired as sergeant majors in the U.S. Army. What are your thoughts on the national anthem protests given your upbringing? And what do your parents think about the situation?
Jones: In the Army, you have to stand (for the national anthem), so my parents were like, I'm going to have to stand. But they respect anybody who took a knee or who was together. They believe in equality, as well. They're not just going to turn their shoulder on that. They live in society, as well. They didn't have any negative things to say about anybody who took a knee or linked together. They're still supportive.