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Now that the season has ended, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' strained left calf has plenty of time to heal.

Rodgers said he plans to let his calf rest for a month to six weeks. It will prevent him from playing in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

"I can't go because of my calf," Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show. "I'm going to need a good month to rest this thing."

Rodgers said the calf wouldn't have been a problem had the Packers won Sunday in Seattle and played New England in the Super Bowl.

"It's kind of where it was after Detroit," Rodgers said. "With a week off there, I would've been ready to go for sure."

Rodgers is considered the MVP frontrunner. He's also a finalist for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Both will be handed out at NFL Honors in Arizona on the night before Super Bowl.

"The NFL Honors is going to be great," Rodgers said. "I've been there every single year they've had it, and enjoy that. It's always fun to meet some of the guys you grew up watching and see your contemporaries as well. It's a great event that's just about football. You go to the ESPYs, it's fun. It's various sports, so there's usually not many football guys there. The NFL Honors is all about football, so it's a good event, and I'm up for a couple of awards, which is pretty awesome."

-rwood@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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