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Cheese Curds, 9/21: Packers’ injuries won’t limit their offensive strategy

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Don’t expect Mike McCarthy or Aaron Rodgers to scale back the playbook due to injury.

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has a saying: “safe is death.”

That slogan generally applies to aggressiveness on the ice, where the fiery Tortorella would rather see his players take an aggressive, calculated risk and fail than sit back passively and let the game come to them.

In hearing Aaron Rodgers’ comments this week, you’d think it is the Green Bay Packers quarterback who came up with that mantra, though in a different context.

Sure, with the Packers having 13 players on this week’s injury report and a majority of them being key starters, you could almost understand if the team decided to take it a bit easy this week. That might seem even more tempting, considering they host the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, a team that hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season.

Rodgers wouldn’t dream of taking it easy, though.

In his first media availability of the week, Rodgers explained that he plans to play with the same style and aggressiveness as ever this week, even if he has Kyle Murphy and Justin McCray lining up at tackle again. Of course, laying down would never be Rodgers’ style, but it’s still nice to hear that the approach won’t change.

Meanwhile, he and the offense as a whole did get some good news on Wednesday, as Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga practiced fully. Having those two key players back would be a big boost for an offense that struggled without them in the first half against the Falcons last week.

Here’s a look at what’s going on around Green Bay on this Thursday morning.

Aaron Rodgers has no desire to hold back | Packers.com
The QB doesn't care who's in or out of the lineup - he expects to run the same offense with an aggressive approach regardless of who is around him on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers has beaten all NFL teams except Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
We'll save the QB Winz discussion for another day, but let's just say that Rodgers has not been on a team that has beaten Cincinnati, as the Packers have lost both starts he made against the Bengals. He joked about beating the Packers "a few times" too, though, alluding to some bad games he has had in the past.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson expecting to play vs. Bengals | Packers Wire
Nelson called his injury last Sunday "dead leg," and said that the muscle itself was not pulled. Considering he was able to practice fully on Wednesday, it's safe to assume he'll be able to play against the Bengals.

Packers likely to lighten Ty Montgomery’s hefty early load | Packersnews.com
We discussed how much playing time Montgomery has received in the first to games in Wednesday’s curds, and today we see that the team plans to keep him a bit more fresh moving forward. Some of that may be due to the opposing defenses, as Jamaal Williams might give the Packers better matchups with more physical defenses.

Seattle Seahawks Eddie Lacy opens up about his public struggle with weight | ESPN.com
For those who still like to pick on Lacy for his weight, hopefully his first-person account will give you a different appreciation for it. At this point, can we just acknowledge that weight has been and probably will be an issue for Lacy without poking fun at him?