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Packers Extend Rodgers

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 18, 2013 at 08:41 PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. -

The Packers made a long-term commitment to quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Friday, signing the first-year starter to a contract extension through 2014.

The team announced the deal after practice Friday afternoon, when Rodgers signed the paperwork. Terms were not disclosed.

"It means a lot," Rodgers said. "I'm very excited knowing that my future is going to be here in Green Bay."

A former standout at California, Rodgers was the Packers' first-round pick in 2005. He then spent three years as the backup to Brett Favre.

His long-awaited opportunity to become Green Bay's starter came when Favre retired in March. Then Favre expressed a desire to return to football, making Rodgers future seem uncertain.

But when Favre finally came out of retirement after training camp started in early August, Packers management stood by its commitment to Rodgers and traded Favre, the NFL's only three-time MVP, to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.

"I appreciate the commitment that they've made, and I plan to reciprocate that commitment in my play and hopefully prove to them that they made the correct decision giving me this extension," Rodgers said Friday.

BILLS: Buffalo will be without three starters when it hosts the New York Jets in an AFC East matchup on Sunday.

Receiver Josh Reed, defensive end Aaron Schobel and right guard Brad Butler are all out with injuries for the Bills.

CHIEFS: Running back Larry Johnson was suspended for Week 10 of the season by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Johnson already was deactivated the past two weeks by Kansas City and also won't play this Sunday against Tampa Bay. He will miss the Chiefs' game at San Diego next weekend under the NFL's suspension.

COWBOYS: Tight end Jason Witten still hasn't been ruled out of playing with a broken rib against the Giants on Sunday, even after missing practice again.

REDSKINS: Receiver Santana Moss was unable to practice again because of a strained hamstring. Moss is a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Steelers.

SEAHAWKS: Pro Bowl defensive end Patrick Kerney is out indefinitely and getting a second look at what's wrong with his surgically repaired shoulder. Kerney is returning to Alabama to see James Andrews, the surgeon who repaired torn labrum cartilage in his left shoulder after last season.

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