GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Just kidding!
The offseason comments from receiver Greg Jennings questioning former Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers' leadership and whether the quarterback had become bigger than the team? Jennings, who signed with the archrival Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, said they were all made in jest.
What a coincidence — the Packers visit Minnesota on Sunday night in Jennings' first game against his former teammates.
"It wasn't meant to hurt anyone's feelings," Jennings said Wednesday in a conference call. "It was just really messing around initially and then everyone kind of blew it a little bit out of proportion."
As if there weren't enough story lines between the fierce NFC North rivals.
The Packers (4-2) are back atop the division following a three-game winning streak despite being riddled with injuries. The most serious one has been the neck injury to tight end Jermichael Finley, who coach Mike McCarthy said remained hospitalized Wednesday after getting hurt in the 31-13 win last weekend over the Browns.
The reeling Vikings (1-5) could be going back to Christian Ponder at quarterback after Josh Freeman reported to team headquarters this week with concussion-like symptoms following the 23-7 loss Monday night to the Giants.
But back to those thinly veiled shots at Rodgers.
"I probably took it a little too far," Jennings said. "No, I was happy there. Obviously there's things that go on throughout life that you wish would be different. But it is what it is. You have to roll with the punches."
Jennings said repeatedly that he's moved on. As a refresher, a couple lines from Jennings' comments to the Star Tribune in July.
—"For me, I'm such a team person ... I'm going to defer to the team, to the team, to the team. And I think when you reach a point where you're not deferring any longer, it's no longer really about the team."
—"Don't get me wrong, '12' is a great person ... But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, it's hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says, 'Man, come on, you've got to hold yourself accountable for this.' It's hard for someone to see that now because all they've heard is I'm doing it the right way, I'm perfect."