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Cheese Curds, 12/14: Rodgers says he’s not Packers’ savior for difficult final stretch

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The QB tried to downplay his return a bit, but his comments probably won’t keep fans from expecting football miracles.

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Aaron Rodgers has performed the football equivalent of miracles in the past. Hail Mary touchdowns, absurd escapes of the pocket, impossible throws on the run — all have seemingly become routine for the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

But “savior” isn’t a title that Rodgers will be embracing this season.

In his first lengthy public comments to the media as he prepares to return to the football field, Rodgers discussed how he sees his role on the team upon his return, and dismissed any notion of him returning to save the team. Instead, he is focusing on the team as a whole playing better (with his help, of course), and running the table a second straight time to get a shot at the postseason.

Check out Rodgers’ comments and much more in today’s curds.

Aaron Rodgers believes 'because we've done it before' | Packers.com
Rodgers says that he enjoys having high expectations placed on him, and they certainly will be over these last three games.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he isn't coming back to save the team | ESPN.com
He does not view his role as a savior, however. Here's the direct quote: "Hopefully it gives a lift to some of the guys, but I'm not coming back to save this team. I'm coming back to play quarterback the way I know how to play it. Hopefully, we all raise the level of our play collectively and find a way to win these three games."

Aaron Rodgers agrees: It’s time for Packers to pay Davante Adams | Packers Wire
We've been saying it for a while now, going way back to the offseason. Clearly, Rodgers is on the same page.

Rivera: Panthers expect Aaron Rodgers 'on his game' - NFL.com
Ron Rivera says that "Everybody knew from the beginning that he was coming back for our game." That seems like a bit of an exaggeration, but Rivera is preparing for Rodgers to play without any signs of rust.

Packers notes: LaDarius Gunter intrigues Panthers | Packersnews.com
Remember Gunter? The Packers cut him after week one and he landed in Carolina. However, he has only played in three games for the Panthers, as he has had to pick up a new defensive scheme during the season.

New Orleans Saints season-ticket holder sues team, wants refund over player protests during national anthem | ESPN.com
Okay, sure. Good luck with that.