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2011 Super Bowl: Aaron Rodgers, Packers Sniping Over Team Photo Issue

While the Steelers prepare for the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers are squabbling over the scheduling of their team photo, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems to be questioning his teammates’ commitment.

It all started early in the week when [Nick] Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley complained on Twitter that they wouldn’t be in the Packers’ Super Bowl photo because it was scheduled to be taken Tuesday, two days before injured players will arrive in Dallas ...

However, Rodgers and another team captain, Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson, brought the issue to McCarthy’s attention, and they decided to reschedule the photo for Friday ...

Rodgers reignited the debate Saturday when he said some of the team’s 16 injured players chose not to stay in Green Bay and rehabilitate.

Here’s what Rodgers said to set things off.

“I’ll say this, I was on IR back in 2006 and 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. “Some of the guys who were injured, they still are part of this team, but they didn’t choose to stick around.”

Injured Packers Nick Barnett and Jermichael Finley then fired back on Twitter. Rodgers called Barnett to iron things out.

LaMarr Woodley of the Steelers sounds amused by the whole thing:

I can tell u this much-us @steelers would never be tweeting jabs at each other.. over a team picture issue especially LOL

That’s probably true, and it’s embarrassing for the Packers that this went public, but it seems unlikely to be more than just a minor distraction. They’ll still be ready to play the big game.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.