Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Notebook

Packers' rift grows with QB's comment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — This time, it's a comment — not a tweet — that has created a fissure as the Packers prepare for the Super Bowl.

And it's deep enough that one of their most vocal Twitter users vowed to quit using it.

Injured LB Nick Barnett said Saturday that he's ending his account at the social media site after the uproar over Green Bay's team photo.

Barnett and TE Jermichael Finley took to Twitter last week to complain they weren't going to be in the photo because it was scheduled to be taken Tuesday, two days before injured players are to arrive.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and fellow team captain CB Charles Woodson brought the issue to the attention of coach Mike McCarthy, and the photo was rescheduled for Friday.

Saturday, Rodgers was asked if he feels for his teammates on injured reserve because they can't take part in the run-up to the game. Rodgers made a point of saying that when he spent time on season-ending injured reserve in 2006, he stayed in Green Bay to finish the season instead of going home to California.

He didn't mention anyone by name but said some of Green Bay's 16 players on injured reserve chose not to rehab locally.

"I chose to stick around and finish out the season with my guys and be here every game. Some of those guys didn't," Rodgers said. "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 it's been great to work with the guys we've brought in midseason … and the young guys.

"Some of the guys who were injured, they still are part of this team. But some of them didn't choose to stick around."

Rodgers also was asked if he'd feel closer to the injured players if they had stayed in Green Bay.

"Well, they're part of this team, first and foremost," he said. "But some guys choose to do their rehab in other places."

The comments irked Barnett, who posted on Twitter that he plans to delete his account.

"All I wanted to be is included as a teammate, nothing more," he tweeted. "Looks like it has backfired on me. I guess that was asking too much. Sorry if I offended anyone."

Pouncey update: Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey now is wearing a protective boot on his left ankle instead of the hard cast he wore since last week. Officially, the Steelers say the rookie and first-round pick from Florida sustained a high ankle sprain during the AFC title game. But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported he has a broken bone. He has not been declared out for the game and is listed as questionable.

Packers injury: Only starting LB Erik Walden, who sprained his ankle during the NFC title game, didn't practice. But he still is expected to be ready.

Other NFL news: Ravens QB Joe Flacco is angry over the firing of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn. Zorn was fired after one season, coach John Harbaugh saying he wanted to expand the role of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. "Usually, when you fire a position coach, it's because you're not really happy with how that position did," Flacco said. "I don't think it was a good decision. I'm disappointed, and they know I'm disappointed."

Packers' rift grows with QB's comment 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)

    College

    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  5. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games

    Blogs

    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.