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November 6, 2013

Packers get ready without Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Seneca Wallace has an unofficial — but well-paid — quarterbacks coach in Aaron Rodgers.

Sidelined by a fractured left collarbone, Rodgers could only watch in green warmups while Wallace ran through drills Wednesday at practice.

The process of getting Rodgers’ presumed replacement up to speed for Green Bay’s game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles has begun in earnest.

“You’re still learning,” Wallace said. “You’re never going to get comfortable. Aaron, he’s learning each and every day, when we come out here, even though he’s been here a long time, there’s always something new.”

But it sure helps being able to practice with the first-team offense, instead of being relegated to just running through a handful of plays a week.

“Everybody will be much better off,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Not only just Seneca being comfortable going through the reps, but everybody else being comfortable with Seneca.”

Wallace is considered a mobile quarterback. He has been around the NFL since 2003, when he was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks. He has played in 63 games, starting 21, and McCarthy doesn’t think recognizing defenses will be an issue.

It’s more about the coaching staff fitting the game plan around Wallace’s skill set, then the backup trying to be the next Rodgers, the 2011 NFL MVP.

“You just have to try to adapt. Like I said, it is up-tempo, fast pace, and try to emulate some of the things he does,” Wallace said. “Obviously, it’s not all going to be the same, but just try to make sure the receivers and everybody (are) on the same page.”

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