Notebook: Rodgers not on Favre's speed dial

The Packers icon offers words of encouragement for Tony Romo but not his former teammate; Lambeau Field wins SI poll; injury reports; and more from Wednesday.

On Tuesday, ESPN reported that Brett Favre called Tony Romo about the Dallas quarterback's broken pinkie.

"The only thing I said was, it's worth trying (to play) if you can deal with the pain and can function good enough with a splint," Favre said. "If not, don't try."

Informed of the conversation on Wednesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who has played the last two games with a shoulder injury — flashed his typically coy smile.

Reporter: It was nice of him, wasn't it? Rodgers: "Yeah."

Reporter: Did you ever get any sort of call like that? Rodgers: "No."

Reporter: Does that matter to you? Rodgers: "Nope."

Reporter: Not an issue? Rodgers: "No."

Reporter: Were you surprised that Brett called Tony and you haven't heard from him? Rodgers: "It doesn't really bother me, at all."

Perhaps that's because Rodgers has played so well the last two weeks despite limited reps at practice. In a loss to Atlanta, Rodgers completed 25-of-37 passes for 313 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. He followed that last week in a win at Seattle by completing 21-of-30 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns.

"You need to be out there on the field. Every Sunday," said Rodgers, saying there's a difference between playing while injured and playing with pain. "Guys know in this locker room, everybody is dealing with some level of pain, injury, but playing with pain and being effective with pain is pretty admirable, and you can't help but respect that."

Rodgers threw a few passes during the jog-through portion early in Wednesday's practice, which he hadn't done the previous two weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy said the plan for Rodgers is to possibly throw during 11-on-11 drills on Thursday but not Friday.

"They just felt, the medical staff, the closer to the game that he throws that he would encounter more of a negative effect on his shoulder," McCarthy said.

Rodgers said the pain is less now than the previous two weeks and said he's feeling "a lot better." He hopes to be back to a regular practice schedule after next week's bye.

To keep Rodgers as sharp as possible, McCarthy said an emphasis at practice is on Rodgers' footwork.

"He's doing everything except throwing the football, because in my experience, if you don't practice very long, the first thing that goes is fundamentals," McCarthy said. "Coaching the quarterback, it shows up first in footwork, and that's the thing that we need to keep on top of. It's like anything; you start overcompensating for one part of your body, it's going to affect something else. So, we're just trying to spend more extra time on his footwork."

Lambeau Field wins SI poll

Lambeau Field is 2-0. The venerable stadium won Sports Illustrated's second-annual NFL Stadium Rankings for the second consecutive year.

The magazine's Web site,, asked readers to fill out a 19-question survey about their hometown stadium based on five categories. Lambeau topped the rankings on affordability and food and atmosphere, ranked second in tailgating, fourth in accessibility and fifth for team quality.

Pittsburgh, Denver, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Seattle, Buffalo, Tennessee and Philadelphia rounded out the top 10.

Crosby's long shot

During the first quarter last week at Seattle, kicker Mason Crosby trotted on the field for a 60-yard field-goal attempt. McCarthy wound up calling a timeout and decided to punt.

Crosby said it wasn't a ploy to confuse the Seahawks. He said all 11 members of the field-goal unit weren't on the field, leading to the timeout.

The team record for longest field goal is 54 yards, accomplished most recently by Dave Rayner in 2006. Crosby booted 60-yarders during pregame warmups against Atlanta and Seattle, and said it would have been "cool" to try.

"You get fired up, but at the same time, I went out there and took that breath to make sure you hit it the same way as every other kick," Crosby said. "You can't overswing it and try and hit it any harder, because you tend to mis-hit those."

Packers injury report

Did not participate — Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring); defensive end Jason Hunter (hamstring); cornerback Patrick Lee (back); defensive end Michael Montgomery (ankle); defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (tricep); cornerback Charles Woodson (toe).

Limited participation — Tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring); cornerback Al Harris (spleen); receiver James Jones (knee); quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder).

Full participation — Linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin); safety Aaron Rouse (concussion).

Update — McCarthy said Bigby tested on Wednesday and is "a lot" closer to playing this week than last week.

Colts injury report

Did not participate — Running back Joseph Addai (hamstring); defensive end Dwight Freeney (not injury related); receiver Roy Hall (knee); defensive back Kelvin Hayden (knee); linebacker Freddy Keiaho (groin); defensive end Robert Mathis (not injury related); tight end Gijon Robinson (ankle); safety Bob Sanders (knee).

Havner added to practice squad

The Packers filled their eight-man practice squad by signing linebacker Spencer Havner. Havner spent all of last season and the final 13 games of 2006 on the practice squad. He was a four-year starter at UCLA, where he was the captain and a second-team all-Pac 10 selection as a senior in 2005.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and E-mail him at

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