Rodgers Laments AWOL IR Crew

The 'Photogate' saga takes a new and unanticipated angle when Rodgers talked at his locker on Saturday.

As one of the playoff captains, Aaron Rodgers helped convince coach Mike McCarthy that Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley and the other 13 players on injured reserve should be part of the team's Super Bowl photo.

But that doesn't mean Rodgers is gung-ho behind the entire cadre of the walking wounded.

"Well, I'll say this," Rodgers said when asked if he felt some sympathy toward the players on injured reserve missing next weekend's Super Bowl. "Um … I was on IR back in 2006, and I chose to stick around and finish out the season with my guys and be here every game. Some of those guys didn't. And so, we love them, we care about them, we don't wish injury on anybody, but this is a group of guys that's really come together and has been great to work with. It's been great to work with the guys we brought in midseason, some of them, and the young guys. Some of the guys who were injured, you know, they are still part of this team, but some of them didn't choose to stick around."

My full story is at Fox Sports Wisconsin. And my commentary will be in tonight's edition of The Countdown To Super Sunday.

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