Rodgers' Haircut Becomes Talk of Minicamp
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Now that he's taking over for Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has to get used to all the trappings of fame. Even the weird kind.
Rodgers' decision to get his mangy mane of hair trimmed was big news in the NFL's smallest market this week -- but not as big as the reports of his decision to sneak off for a secret wedding over the weekend.
The part about his haircut? True.
His nuptials? Not so much.
Indeed, Rodgers did cut his hair for a wedding. But it was his sister's wedding, not his own, as had been reported locally.
"It was not my own," Rodgers chided, playfully. "And you will not be the first to know if I ever do get married. But thanks for breaking it. I appreciated the text messages and the calls I got about that."
While he cut his hair at his sister's request -- and briefly considered fashioning it into a mullet -- Rodgers says that when it comes to hair care, less is more.
"It was just too much maintenance," Rodgers said. "It got to the point where combing it every morning I really got to feel what the female sex has to go through on a daily basis. I have a lot more respect for them, combing your hair and getting knots in your hair and it's always in your face. I just wanted to clean it up."
Wide receiver Greg Jennings said Rodgers has been talking about cutting his hair for weeks.
"His sister actually made him cut it," Jennings said. "That's the story I hear. But it's cut, it's done, it's over with. Thank goodness."
After seeing the result of Rodgers' haircut, linebacker A.J. Hawk decided to keep his flowing locks.
"He looks like he's about 13 years old now," Hawk said. "So I don't think I'm going to be doing it anytime soon."
Jennings said Rodgers has to get used to his new high-profile position.
"That's the kind of attention quarterbacks get," Jennings said. "He's going to be used to it by training camp, all the attention. I think he handles it well."
But Rodgers wasn't complaining -- except for the fact that reports of a wedding would "kill my game" in terms of dating.
"It's fun being in the public eye and I know I have a responsibility there," Rodgers said. "I'm just going to try to keep it positive information."
WELLS NOT WELL: Packers center Scott Wells sat out Wednesday morning's practice and is likely to miss Thursday morning's final minicamp practice because of nagging pain in his back and hip.
Wells said he should be fine for training camp.
"It's not like an injury," Wells said. "It's just sore and I needed some time for the inflammation to come down. It was nagging."
Wells said it has bothered him for a few weeks, but shouldn't need surgery and shouldn't be a problem during the season.
"It's one of those things where if you take care of it now, then it shouldn't linger on," Wells said. "If you ignore it now, it will linger on."
Jason Spitz filled in at center during Wells' absence.
NOTES: Packers coach Mike McCarthy canceled Wednesday afternoon's scheduled minicamp practice for a "team-building exercise." A team spokesman said they went out to play paintball. ... RB Ryan Grant was present for practice but continued to sit out while he and the team work on a long-term contract. ... WR Shaun Bodiford sat out with a back issue, while G Junius Coston, OT Chad Clifton and DTs Justin Harrell and Johnny Jolly continued to nurse injuries.
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