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Thursday Cheese Curds: Focusing on the present

Aaron Rodgers’ injury status keeps the focus on the here and now even as questions about his future loom

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This Packers season has been an exercise in maintaining short-term focus. With big, long-term questions looming, it’s been tempting to look at the big picture at the expense of what’s right in front of us.

But in a way, the Packers’ ongoing injury struggles have helped keep the conversation centered on the here and now, if only because we have to figure out who’s going to be lining up in Green Bay on a given week.

That’s how it should be, though. Tomorrow’s problems will take care of themselves, and the questions posed over the summer will have their answers soon enough. Falling back on the football coach cliche of not looking past a given week turns out to be good advice for fans, too.

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