Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers celebrates after an NFL football game
against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay,
Wis. The Packers won 30-20.
GREEN BAY- The
post-season recognition has begun for the Green Bay Packers, with
quarterback Aaron Rodgers and fullback John Kuhn earning spots on the
2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team.
For Rodgers, Friday's
announcement marked the second time he was picked. He was also was the
All-Pro QB in 2011. Kuhn has never before made the elite first-team,
but was a second-team selection in 2011.
Two Packers made this
year's All-Pro second team, which is based on votes by a nationwide
panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Receiver Jordy
Nelson and offensive guard Josh Sitton took those honors.
The Packers have a
bye week as the playoffs begin this weekend. They will host an NFC
second-round game with the opponent to be determined.
GREEN BAY — The
Green Bay Packers got back to work on Friday without star quarterback
Even though he wasn't
there, teammates still began getting ready for their playoff opener.
"We all have
work to do ourselves, and we have to go out to practice, and we've got
to make sure that we're crossing our T's and dotting our I's so that
if and when he does come back we won't miss a beat," fullback
John Kuhn said.
Rodgers, selected to
the All-Pro team on Friday, was held out of practice as he recovers
from a calf injury.
"It's going all
right," Rodgers said after practice. "The calf is slowly
progressing. I wasn't out there today, but we're right where we need
to be in getting ready to hopefully get on the field next week."
The Packers practiced
after coach Mike McCarthy gave the players most of the week off with
having a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Rodgers injured his
left calf late in the first half of Green Bay's final regular-season
game last Sunday, then returned to the game midway through the third
quarter to lead the Packers to a 30-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
The victory earned
Green Bay a fourth straight NFC North title and the No. 2 playoff seed
in the NFC.
well," McCarthy said. "He's been in treatment during the
practice period, will do the same tomorrow, and I really don't see him
getting on the practice field till Thursday, probably at the
As the Packers await
their next opponent, they have another practice Saturday and then will
shift to a normal week of game preparations starting Monday.
Going by McCarthy's
timetable, Rodgers would miss Green Bay's first of three practice days
next week on Wednesday. That wouldn't give Rodgers much on-field work
before the Packers' division round game Jan. 11 at Lambeau Field.
concerned," McCarthy said. "He's already started the
At least a few
players echoed the sentiment after veteran backups Matt Flynn and
Scott Tolzien took the snaps at quarterback Friday.
"I think he's
good enough to do without (the practice time)," rookie center
Corey Linsley said about Rodgers. "We're going to prepare
regardless for the same opponent, so I don't think it should hamper us
Rodgers is confident
his extended absence in practice won't disrupt the continuity of Green
Bay's potent offense. The Packers scored a league-high 486 points in
the regular season, second highest in team history.
"The rhythm is
established. The play style is established," Rodgers said.
"It's just about working on checks and kind of going through the
plan. That's why you need to practice."
NOTES: WR Jordy
Nelson, an All-Pro second-team selection, also missed practice Friday
for what McCarthy said was a personal matter. McCarthy said Nelson
will rejoin the team this weekend. Also not practicing were LB Sam
Barrington and rookie CB Demetri Goodson because of illness. CB Davon
House returned to practice after being out the last three games with a
shoulder injury. . Rodgers and Kuhn were Green Bay's first-team
honorees in the All-Pro voting. "Since I was a kid, I've been
looking at people who have been All-Pro and saying, 'Wow, man, they're
really good. They're the best at their position.' To have that side by
side with my name, it truly is a blessing," said Kuhn, a
nine-year pro who was a second-team choice in 2011. LG Josh Sitton
repeated as a second-team selection. . The Packers promoted Eliot
Wolf, son of retired general manager Ron Wolf, to director of player
personnel. The younger Wolf has worked 11 years for the team and
previously was its director of pro personnel.