Rookie update: Safety Aaron Rouse

Third round pick has seen limited action thus far for Packers

Aaron Rouse is healthy and waiting in the wings for his turn to play safety with the Green Bay Packers. Thus far, he has filled in for Nick Collins and Atari Bigby in spots, but mainly has been a key figure on special teams.

Rouse's progress was slowed at the end of training camp when he sustained a hamstring injury during the last week of practices. He did not play in the final preseason game, and missed the first three regular season games.

Rouse, the 89th overall pick of April's NFL draft by Green Bay, suited up for his first game Sept. 30 at Minnesota, playing nine snaps on defense, in addition to his role on punt and kickoff special teams units. Rouse entered the game against the Vikings in the second quarter for an injured Nick Collins (knee), and played a few plays for Atari Bigby (cramp) later on in the game.

Rouse continued to play on special teams against Chicago and Washington, but did not play any snaps from scrimmage. He has yet to make a tackle on special teams and has one assisted tackle during his plays from scrimmage.

"It's been great just to get in there and get an opportunity to play," Rouse said. "It shows that the coaches believe in you and have a lot of respect in you. They're looking for great things from me, so when I get in there, I try to do the best that I can.

"We're winning. Everybody here has a job and is pulling together as a team. It's important as a rookie to come in there and not let those veterans down."

Rouse admitted the hamstring injury was a setback, but says he is 100 percent healthy and plans to make the most of any playing time he gets.

"I try not to look at the negatives," Rouse said. "I'm an optimistic person and try to go forward."

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