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Rodgers Submitted: 07/26/2013
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Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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GREEN BAY - "I trusted him. And that's the thing that probably hurts the most," Aaron Rodgers reflected in the Packers locker room on Friday.

Rodgers trusted his good friend Ryan Braun when Braun told him there was no truth to the accusations of performance enhancing drugs.

"It doesn't feel great being lied to like that. I'm disappointed about the way it all went down," Rodgers said.

Braun's now suspended from the Brewers for the rest of 2013 for doping.

In the past, Rodgers strongly backed Braun's claims to innocence.

But in the locker room after today's first day of Packers training camp, he might be regretting that.

"In hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be the better course of action," Rodgers said.

While baseball and the Ryan Braun situation by definition had to be the top topic for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the locker room Friday, there was also football, as the Packers took to the field for the first time with a full compliment of rookies on the roster.

"Me and Eddie have a lot of vets as a part of this running back crew that we can learn from and grow from," said rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, a UCLA product.

Franklin was one of two running backs taken by Green Bay in the first four rounds of the draft.

He joins Alabama rookie back Eddie Lacy on the roster.

"We're all good backs. Everybody's going out there and giving it their best shot. At the end of the day, it's the coaches' decision," Lacy said.

Coach Mike McCarthy singled out rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as having a great opening day on the field.

"It's a compliment, but it's day one. We didn't have any defense, any offense, just have to go and try to compete. Tomorrow's not going to mean anything with what happened day one," Hyde said.

Saturday marks Day Two of camp - with just 13 to go before the preseason opener.

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