Jennings, Starks return to practice; status for Monday night still uncertainWisconsin Sports
-- Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday.
GREEN BAY - Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday.
He hit the field for the first time since he injured a groin 10 days ago in Green Bay’s season-opening loss to San Francisco. Running back James Starks also practiced for the first time in a few weeks, as he recovers from a turf-toe injury. Coach Mike McCarthy says he’s not sure if Starks will play in the Packers’ next game on Monday night at Seattle. But Starks and the other walking wounded will get some extra time to heal. The Packer players are off today – and they’ll practice Thursday through Saturday to get ready for their Monday night battle against the Seahawks. Both teams are 1-1.
Green Bay Packers’ receiver James Jones said he had no problem being called out by Aaron Rodgers on national TV, right after he blew a passing route that led to an interception in last Thursday night’s win over Chicago. The quarterback’s outburst has led to a firestorm of media criticism. After practice yesterday, the Packers found themselves defending Rodgers’ character, after the agent for Packers Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop tweeted that Rodgers is a great quarterback -- but not a great leader. Blake Baratz wrote that there’s a major drop-off in field leadership after quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. About Rodgers, Baratz said quote, “Leaders take the blame and make everyone better … He doesn’t.” But Jones said it’s “ridiculous” for people to question Rodgers’ leadership. The veteran receiver called Rodgers a “natural-born leader – not just by what he says but how he carries himself, how he plays the game, how he handles certain situations.” Jones said everyone in the locker room believes in Rodgers. Finley wouldn’t comment directly, but he later tweeted, “Family can disagree – it makes us all stronger.” Baratz later tweeted an apology for Finley, saying the player had nothing to do with his comments. He also took a swipe at Packers’ fans who rose to the defense of the NFL’s reigning MVP. Baratz said, “Life’s too short, people – gotta relax a bit.”