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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Starter Pack: Rust doesn't concern Rodgers

By Rob Demovsky

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – If this is the week quarterback Aaron Rodgers returns from his broken collarbone – and we may know more about that later on Wednesday – then the most-asked question around the Packers will finally be retired.

The most-popular question no longer will be about when he will return but rather how he will play when he does.

Remember last week when receiver Jordy Nelson said there was no reason to even ask that question? At the time, Nelson said: “I don't think the situation is, ‘How is he going to play?' It's, ‘What can he take as far as hits?’”

Rodgers doesn’t sound worried about it, either, even though this has been the longest layoff since he became a starter in 2008.

When asked on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show on Tuesday whether he was concerned about being rusty and out of shape, Rodgers said: “Nah, I don’t really worry about those too much. As far as those two, I would worry a little bit more about conditioning but I’ve actually been doing my workouts and feeling good and practiced last week and took more reps than I had in a while and felt pretty good.

“I think I may have mentioned rust on Thursday last. I think my definition of rust and maybe other people’s definitions are probably a little different. I would rely on the guys, their answers to see how they thought I looked last week. But I felt pretty good.”

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