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Rodgers Out for the Pro Bowl, Newton to Hit The Books

Aaron Rodgers Out for the Pro Bowl

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on Tuesday that he won’t be going to the upcoming Pro Bowl. He didn’t go into specifics but said his “multiple lower extremities” injuries, they will disallow from playing in the game.

He then added via ESPN, “I didn’t pass my physical” and then commented that his Dec. 16 ankle injury from the Chicago Bears game, “has definitely been a problem.”

Adding to his list of injuries were ones from last Saturday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers as well as a calf problem suffered in the Oct. 14 game vs. the Houston Texans.

Rodgers then opened up a bit, “I did get banged up in the game. I’ve been on the injury report at various times during the season with my ankle (that) was hurting me. I will say that my ankle has definitely been a problem. During the season I’ve been on the injury report at least once with that. But yeah, I’m not going. I’m sorry to the fans, the Green Bay fans that are going to be out there.”

While Rodgers won’t be in Hawaii this year, teammates outside linebacker Clay Matthews and center Jeff Saturday have also been selected. Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff are the coaches for the NFC.

In other Pro Bowl news, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is out and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is in. The player had a career-high season with 72 catches for 1,384 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He led the league with his 19.2 yards per catch.

Cam Newton Returns to School

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will hit the books this offseason and will take classes at Auburn during the spring semester. He is pursuing a sociology degree.

An Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said on Tuesday that the player will not be holding any interviews with the media and “wants to focus on school and be a normal student.”

In his only season at Auburn in 2010, Newton led the team to the 2010 National Championship and won the Heisman Trophy after transferring from the junior college, Blinn College.

Sometimes you forget, but Newton started his football career in 2007 as Tim Tebow’s backup at Florida during that season and 2008 (remember that little computer issue with Newton?). Next, he spent a year at Blinn and the rest you could say is history.

After his great NFL 2011 season, where he was the No. 1 overall pick, he was the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

He got off to a rough sophomore slump this past season but finished strong in the last six games, throwing for 1,474 yards (66 percent), 10 touchdowns and two picks. He likes to run and gained 347 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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