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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Holding penalty. Fumbled snap. Aborted screen play. (With a declined illegal formation play.)
So went the final three plays of the Green Bay Packers' opening possession Monday night. It wasn't the crispest of starts, but we learned one thing: quarterback Aaron Rodgers can take a hit. On the aborted screen, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards drilled him in the back and drove him into the turf.
It was about the closest you can come to a roughing penalty without calling it, but Rodgers popped right up and was in the face of several officials, asking for a penalty.