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Updated: October 23rd, 2013 5:46pm
Greg Jennings wishes he could rescind shots at Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Greg Jennings wishes he could rescind shots at Aaron Rodgers, Packers

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Greg Jennings will play his former team for the first time Sunday, as the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers.

He directed barbs toward Aaron Rodgers this preseason. And whether it's a product of their respective seasons or not, Jennings said he wishes he could take back his catty comments.

"It's behind me. There are things in life that take place that you wish didn't happen but you grow from them," Jennings said Wednesday when asked about his taunts. "There were things said that if I could take back, I would. I absolutely would. But I can't."

For many years in a Packers uniform, Jennings had the consistency of a Hall of Fame quarterback under center. Through seven weeks with the Vikings, he's seen three quarterbacks. And he's about to see one quarterback - Christian Ponder - for a second go-round.

He said the flux at quarterback in Minnesota has been a challenge and it's taken some adjusting. 

Jennings is not much of a trash-talker, so he says he won't engage Sunday. Nor will he be able to help the Vikings defense much with the Packers' playbook, apparently.

"I just want to tell [the Vikings' defense] how the guys kind of play, the techniques they use, things like that. But as far as plays [and] different things, I can't go into depth with that because plays change."

Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop, the other former Packers player on the Vikings roster, tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. So Jennings is the only one who will face his former team, and as such, the spotlight will be on him.

While that attention is impossible to ignore, Jennings said, he hopes to channel the scrutiny into production.

"Obviously it's a great rivalry. Their fans hate us, our fans hate them. The same goes with players. It's a little different for me because I don't really hate those guys over there," Jennings said.

"I have a lot of love for everyone in that locker room.  I have no hatred. I know this is a rivalry but I don't hate anyone over there. The organization was great to me, the fans were great to me and the guys continue to be great to me."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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