Rodgers Better; Others Ailing

It was a painful season for Aaron Rodgers, but unlike several other Packers who wound up on season-ending injured reserve last season, he'll be at OTAs next week. We have the rundown.

Four months after last season ended, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed how it was anything but a pain-free second campaign as the team's starter.

"I didn't make a big deal about it, but I had some pretty substantial foot injuries throughout the season," Rodgers told WTMJ radio in Milwaukee on Wednesday. "I sprained both feet at different times during the year. So, those took a good month to heal. And, my left (non-throwing) shoulder was giving me a little bit of an issue, as well. But, I'm feeling great now."

He was sacked 55 times last season, including a league-high 50 during the regular season.

Rodgers, whose last game action was his debut in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31, has been participating in the Packers' offseason workout program and accompanying quarterback school since mid-March. He is expected to be on the field for the organized team activities, which begin Monday and will be held for 13 days until June 17. The mandatory minicamp will be held June 21-June 23.

Several other players figure to be spectators during OTAs:

T.J. Lang, who is expected to push Mark Tauscher for the starting job at right tackle and possibly join the fray at left guard, needed wrist surgery on April 5 after an injury sustained late last season wouldn't heal. The rehab will keep him out until training camp. Lang started three games at left tackle and played in all 16 games after being selected in the fourth round.

— Safety Derrick Martin, arguably the Packers' best special-teams player last season, had surgery a couple weeks ago on the ankle injury that kept him out of the two season-ending games at Arizona. Like Lang, he's not expected back until the start of training camp. Martin, who was set to be a restricted free agent, was awarded a two-year deal worth $1.9 million.

— Cornerback Will Blackmon, who tore his ACL in the Week 4 game at Minnesota, will not participate in OTAs or the June minicamp. He told ESPNMilwaukee's Jason Wilde that he's running full speed and is "85, 90 percent right now."

— Cornerback Al Harris, whose comeback is being chronicled by NationalFootballPost.com, isn't expected to practice until training camp, at the earliest.

— The third cornerback coming off a season-ending knee injury, Pat Lee, might not participate in OTAs, either. Also not expected to participate are tight end Spencer Havner, who broke a collarbone during an offseason motorcycle mishap, and center/guard Jason Spitz, who missed most of last season with a back injury that needed surgery on Nov. 11.

All players will have a physical before the start of the workouts.

— Finally, unless they sign their restricted free agent tenders, starters Johnny Jolly, Atari Bigby and Tramon Williams will be at home.


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