Brett Favre started a firestorm on Atlanta radio station 790 The Zone on Tuesday with what could be taken as back-handed compliments toward Rodgers. While Favre noted Rodgers' "tremendous talent" and intelligence, Favre said the "biggest surprise" was that it took Rodgers "so long" to win a Super Bowl and that his successor "fell into a good situation" — comments that could be construed as an attempt to diminish Rodgers' achievements.
Anyone looking for a war of words was left disappointed.
"You know what, the only thing I want to say, I'm just really proud of our guys and what our team did last season," Rodgers said at his locker. "It was a great accomplishment. It took all 53 of those guys. Obviously, it got the attention of a lot of people and we're proud of the fact that we achieved the ultimate goal as a team."
Rodgers won Super Bowl XLV as a third-year starter and sixth-year veteran. Favre won Super Bowl XXXI as a fifth-year starter and sixth-year veteran.
After breaking his scapula before playing much of the Aug. 19 preseason game against Arizona, outside linebacker Frank Zombo returned to practice.
Zombo said he didn't feel any pain.
"Being out for six weeks, I felt a little rusty and not my normal self, but I could tell the difference between the beginning of practice and the end of practice because I was already feeling more coordinated," said Zombo, who was battling Erik Walden for the starting job during camp. "I think it's going to take a few days and I'll be back to where I was."
Zombo said he began running about two weeks after the injury and working out a week after that. He said he could "easily" play on Sunday against Atlanta, and took reps with the scout team at practice for extra work.
"I'm in no position to be picking my reps," he said. "I'm going to take whatever reps I can get. I just wanted to get back out there and try to get back in football shape, so I was taking whatever rep I could get. I was trying to steal as many special-teams reps, scout-team reps as I could. It didn't matter. When Coach put me in with the defense, i was pumped. I was excited to get back out there, so I was taking advantage of anything I could get."
Packers injury report
Out — S Nick Collins (neck); DE Mike Neal (knee). Did not participate: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee); WR Donald Driver (shin); LB Clay Matthews (quad); TE Andrew Quarless (knee); CB Charles Woodson (foot/knee). Limited — LT Chad Clifton (knee); LB Brad Jones (hamstring); LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder); CB Pat Lee (back); TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder); CB Tramon Williams (shoulder); LB Frank Zombo (shoulder). Full — RB Ryan Grant (kidney).
Bulaga is getting antsy, though the early feeling is Marshall Newhouse will make his second consecutive start.
"He's not real happy with our doctor right now," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's ready to go. He's champing at the bit. We're going through the process of him going through the hurdles of rehab. Bryan feels very good. He's getting close. I think if you went in there and asked him how he felt, he'd probably feel (he can play)."
Falcons injury report
Did not participate — DE Cliff Matthews (knee); C Todd McClure (knee); TE Michael Palmer (ankle); WR Roddy White (thigh). Limited — DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee); S William Moore (neck); LB Stephen Nicholas (calf); CB Christopher Owens (ankle); RB Jason Snelling (concussion).
Babineaux and Nicholas are starters who have been missed. Babineaux partially tore a MCL in the Week 1 loss at Chicago; Nicholas has missed the last two games with an injured calf.
— Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Rodgers, the reigning player of the month, completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 408 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 134.5 passer rating. He also rushed for 36 yards and two scores. Washington's Brian Orakpo (2.5 sacks vs. St. Louis) and Chicago's Devin Hester (record 11 punt return touchdowns) won on defense and special teams, respectively.
— What does general manager Ted Thompson do on, say, a Wednesday in October? In this case, he was scouting at Florida State's practice, according to Scout.com John Crist. It's obviously early, but one prospect who could draw attention late in the first round is Brandon Jenkins (6-3, 265), who projects to outside linebacker in a 3-4. "He stood up exclusively in high school and does the same at Florida State from time to time when defensive coordinator Mark Stoops mixes in the occasional zone-blitz stuff. He has first-round talent," Crist said.
— According to Scout.com NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the Packers worked out center Colin Miller, an undrafted free agent who spent training camp with the Steelers. He was a teammate of Zombo's at Central Michigan. Miller started 46 games, including 42 at center, where he was a two-time all-MAC second-team selection. Miller worked out for the Patriots two weeks ago.
— Suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was arrested and charged last Saturday with possession of a narcotic compound containing codeine and other substances and tampering with evidence, according to the Houston Chronicle. "All of us were talking about it," defensive end Ryan Pickett said. "We all miss Johnny. We were all hoping there'd be a time where he might come back and help us. We don't know that's going to happen now.
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