GREEN BAY — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called it “silly.”
Coach Mike McCarthy called it “ignorant.”
And tight end Jermichael Finley said he had nothing to do with it.
When Blake Baratz, the agent for Finley and Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, tweeted over the weekend that he didn’t think Rodgers was a great leader, it was worth wondering whether that may have come from Finley.
After all, Finley has talked before about how his chemistry with Rodgers hasn’t always been what he hoped. But Finley insisted on Thursday that none of it came from him.
“I’d say zero percent of it,” Finley said. “Like I said, he’s got his own opinion. He’s an agent. He has tons of clients around the league. It’s not my problem what he sends out. I could (not) care less as long as he takes care of my business at the end of the day.”
Finley said he spoke to Baratz about his comments but wasn’t upset with his agent. He also didn’t think it would get in the way of his relationship with Rodgers.
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“He’s the leader of this team,” Finley said. “He’s the man. I respect him as a player. Outside of the locker room, I’m a fan of Rodgers. We’re all good.”
Baratz, who has not returned messages left by the Press-Gazette, appeared on ESPN radio on Wednesday. While he didn’t retract what he tweeted, he said he shouldn’t have done it.
“I made a mistake,” Baratz said on the radio show. “I’ll take full responsibility, and I’ll be accountable for that just because of what surrounded it and not so much what was actually written. I could (not) really care less. Who really cares what someone’s agent thinks about a player?”
Rodgers said he had no issue with Finley and didn’t think he needed to talk to him about it.
“It’s silly that we’re talking about this,” Rodgers said.
“It’s just people who aren’t in the locker room making comments.”
While Rodgers twice called it “silly” during his regular mid-week session with reporters, McCarthy took on a harsher tone.
“I don’t really get involved with ignorant comments on social media,” McCarthy said. “That is not a locker room issue in my view. We spend a lot of time talking about the culture and more importantly what goes on with the health in our locker room. I feel strongly that we have a very healthy locker room. So that’s something that hasn’t been discussed.”
SETBACK FOR JENNINGS: Receiver Greg Jennings’ availability for Monday’s game at Seattle is in doubt after he experienced a setback while rehabilitating the groin injury that kept him out of last Thursday’s game against Chicago.
Jennings didn’t practice on Thursday after a rehab session on Tuesday didn’t go as well as the team doctors had hoped.
“Well, it wasn’t what we expected Tuesday when we went down to the practice (field),” McCarthy said. “We were going to warm him (up), rehab him before practice and hopefully have him do some work on the practice field, and we didn’t get to that. Maybe we were a little too optimistic, and he’s not quite where we hoped he’d be by now. He wants to go, but we’re just being smart.”
OTHER INJURIES: Tight end Tom Crabtree, who re-injured his shoulder against the Bears, also didn’t practice.
Crabtree first injured the shoulder in the Aug. 23 preseason game at Cincinnati, an injury that kept him out of the preseason finale against Kansas City. Linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) also missed practice.
Outside linebacker Nick Perry was a full participant in practice but wore a protective wrap on his injured left wrist. So was linebacker Terrell Manning, who missed the Bears’ game because of a concussion.
Those who were limited in practice were: receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), cornerback Davon House (shoulder), guard Josh Sitton (knee), running back James Starks (toe) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin).
A SPEEDY ADDITION: The newest addition to the practice squad, rookie cornerback James Nixon, impressed the Packers with his speed during a workout at the Don Hutson Center on Monday.
He said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds, which was the same time he posted during his pro day workout this past spring.
“(Packers scouts) were surprised because they said it’s a slow turf in (the Hutson Center),” Nixon said. “So I guess that was good. They were a little surprised by that, but opportunity came knocking, so I had to show up.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Nixon was cut at the end of training camp by the Arizona Cardinals. He finished his college career at California (Pa.) University last season after spending three years at Temple, where in addition to playing cornerback he also played on offense as a hybrid receiver-running back and returned kickoffs. He averaged 25.8 yards on 41 kickoff returns, had 42 carries for 322 yards (a 7.7-yard average) and 13 receptions for 373 yards (a 28.7-yard average) for Temple.