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Even though Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need to be at his best to give opposing defenses headaches, it’s possible that he won’t be in top form at any point this season.

Rodgers suffered a knee injury during Week 1’s victory over the Chicago Bears and played Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings with a brace.

Asked whether the injury would get worse if he continues to play on it, Rodgers sounded mildly worried.

“Yeah, obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Hopefully it goes the other way though.”

Rodgers will rehab his left knee leading up to Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

“Obviously it won’t be 100 percent, so I’ll just adjust accordingly to how I’m feeling and try to get through,” he said.

“It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery. Obviously, I’d love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there’s some factors that are out of my control.”

Rodgers hasn’t seemed that much worse for wear since suffering the injury, engineering a dramatic comeback win over the Bears in Week 1 and completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 281 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s tie against the Vikings. That may not be enough to help Packers fans rest easy.

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Nearly a year after the Vadim Shipachyov situation played out, George McPhee says there was a silver lining to the whole fiasco.

The Vegas Golden Knights general manager told The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrunthat as difficult as it was to lose a key free-agent signing, the situation sent a strong message to the team.

“That there’s no entitlement,” McPhee said. “We had a coach from another team who mentioned that he thought that that was one of the best moves we made initially. That we committed to that player, he came here, wasn’t committed to us, wasn’t ready to play, and ownership supported a hard decision to send a $9-million contract to the minors. But the message was clear to everyone that it doesn’t matter what your status is, if you’re to check the ego at the door and compete hard, and be a team guy, then there’s a great opportunity here. If not, we don’t have time for it.”

Shipachyov retired from the NHL and signed with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL last November after the Golden Knights suspended the forward for leaving their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, following his demotion in late October.

The 31-year-old, who was 30 at the time, had signed a two-year, $9-million contract with the Golden Knights in May 2017.

Vegas went on to become the most successful expansion team in NHL history, going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment have several film and television projects in the works, but there’s one that has the Los Angeles Lakers star particularly excited.

As HBO first announced in 2016, James and Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers on a multi-part documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali titled “What’s My Name.”

After HBO shared a trailer for the documentary Saturday, James tweeted, “One of my favorite projects we’ve done!! My GOODNESS it’s so good!”

Other upcoming projects produced by James and Carter include the Showtime documentary series “Shut Up and Dribble,” a competition series for CBS, an NBC comedy series inspired by the upbringing of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, and an NBC basketball drama called “Hoops.”

Be careful what you ask Joanna Jedrzejczyk!

The former UFC women’s strawweight champion recently made an example out of a budding reporter for trying to get a juicy quote on Conor McGregor at a media scrum in Moscow, Russia.

Jedrzejczyk, who was in attendance for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 136 event at Olimpiyskiy Stadium, was first asked to give a prediction on the upcoming lightweight title bout between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“I’m 50/50. I’m a big fan of Conor, and I’m a big fan of Khabib. Two different styles,” Jedrzejczyk answered (h/t Simon Samano of MMA Junkie). “As you saw, I never predict a fight. I don’t like to predict the fights. People can do that. They can predict my fights, but I never do that. Anything and everything can happen in the fight. This is definitely the fight of, what, like the century? In MMA. So I cannot wait to watch two great warriors fighting each other. I’m 50/50.”

But then, the reporter switched the focus to McGregor’s behavior in New York, where the Irishman attacked a fighter’s bus in retaliation to Khabib’s confrontation with teammate Artem Lobov in a hotel.

Jedrzejczyk didn’t like how the reporter was fishing for insults towards McGregor and decided to flip the script and told the Russian to insult ‘The Notorious’ himself, in front of the cameras. It all made for a very awkward encounter.

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WWE NXT Superstar Velveteen Dream was recently profiled by Washington City Paper at this link. The piece includes comments from Dream and some of the people from his indie wrestling days in Maryland and the Washington, DC area.

It was noted that Dream used pro wrestling as an escape and a way to block out the drugs & violence in his Northeast DC neighborhood. Wrestling then became a way for Dream to create a positive legacy, a way to dissociate himself from the troubled world that killed his father when Dream was just two years old.

“Wrestling gave me something outside science, which was my muse before this,” Dream said.

Dream became a standout on the Forestville Military Academy wrestling team. Former coach Rio Thompson told City Paper that Clark was innovative on the mat and was always looking for alternative ways to escape contemporary holds. Maryland Championship Wrestling owner Dan McDevitt was interviewed for the article, and he noted that Dream and Lio Rush were the first two talents waiting in line when the MCW wrestling school opened in 2014. Dream and Rush carpooled together from the DC area to Joppa, MD and slept in the car before early morning training sessions. When they couldn’t drive, the two Superstars would hitchhike the hour-plus trip and stay as long as they could.

Dream dismissed comments from media and fans that describe his WWE character as gender non-conforming and androgynous.

“I can’t make anything of those descriptions of Velveteen Dream. I don’t consider myself either of those. It’s very hard for a performer to take that outside look. I’m a very introspective individual. It’s hard for me to label myself or characterize myself,” Dream said. “I do believe that current performers in WWE, more specifically in NXT, we have more freedom to be ourselves. I can say the people you see on TV are real-life individuals, not just people playing a role, myself included.”

Trash talking is one area of football that Tom Brady doesn’t excel at, according to teammate Rob Gronkowski.

The New England Patriots tight end was asked to rank Brady’s trash-talking skills during a press conference Wednesday and gave his teammate a failing grade.

“One out of 10,” Gronkowski said.

When asked why Brady is such a bad trash talker, Gronkowski explained, “He’s focused always. He gets going sometimes out on the field, I’ve seen him. Depending on the game, depending on the situation, where he is compared to the defensive players. He hands off the ball, he’s 10 yards back, so it’s not like he can really get after it. I would say usually on his QB sneaks is when he talks trash if he does.”

As seen at All InCody Rhodes defeated Nick Aldis to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. NWA Vice President and producer, Dave Lagana, recently appeared on X–Pac’s podcast, XPac 12360 to talk about the success of All In and where the NWA Heavyweight title will be defended next, among other things.

About the reaction Cody received after winning the NWA title and the build up to the match, Dave said, “We all knew what we wanted. And I think that was the goal of this whole project – and Nick talks about it, and Cody talks about it; we wanted to create the big fight feel — the UFC, boxing event — and every decision we made was to execute that. Even from the walks, and you know, the aftermath. Everybody who was there was a part of this story.

“Everybody that was involved in this project from soup to nuts, as far as our inclusion had a part in being there. And it’s the weird cliché of everybody involved in that match too, at one point or another, decided to say ‘screw the tradition, we’re going to bet on ourselves’. Everyone! From Billy and I, from leaving TNA, to Nick leaving TNA and basically being out of the business, to Cody leaving WWE, we all had something to prove. And everyone’s like, ‘Oh, what a moment when Cody won!’ The moment to us I think as a team felt the strongest was when the bell rung. For whatever it was, 45 seconds, the crowd simply honoured that moment of ‘here’s this dead brand’. Deadspin (wrote) ‘Billy Corgan buys oldest and deadest brand in pro wrestling’, you know, like, to have it be literally 11 months in to get that reaction for a title match — it just, it was so overwhelming. That to me was the greatest success point of the match. Cody winning – yes, the crowd was going to go crazy. But, for them to be that excited for the bell, that was amazing!”

Lagana also said that the NWA World title belt will “have a not to the past of NWA.”

“We’re going to bring back the National Championship with the belt,” Lagana stated. “The belt will have a nod to the past of the NWA and we are going to reveal it till the week of the show if not that night. Because there’s one thing I’ve learned from wrestling fans, they may or not have a lot of hot takes on things (laughs) so we’re gonna have the new championship that week, I look forward to everyone’s hot takes cause there will be them. The people who do know already have hot takes, everyone’s got an opinion on it which means I know it’s gonna work as far as what people want. I’ll say this, there’s nothing like it right now in pro wrestling.

Lagana then went into great detail about where the NWA Heavyweight title could be defended next.

“We did a 10 Pounds (of Gold) when Billy sold out the (Madison Square) Garden and we would love the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship to be available and defended on any stage imaginable. So if it’s Madison Square Garden, if it’s the Barclays Center, if it’s WrestleMania, if it’s the Tokyo Dome… we have put zero limits on how and where, and I think each time we can have that, we are proving our value to be on that stage. Because I remember when the announcement happened at All In, everyone was like, ‘Oh, Aldis versus Cody, I mean I guess the moment when Cody wins, I guess it will be something’ and we over delivered in that moment and I know we can over deliver on any stage. Because I think our success at what we’ve been able to do has proven that.

“We’re not a traditional wrestling company with 50 guys under contract, running all these live events were a promotion more like a Money Mayweather promotion or De La Hoya, you know what I mean? We promote fights and have successfully now promoted I would say two really big ones. Like the first was the Tim Storm fight with Nick (Aldis), we got the attention on two people that they didn’t expect they wanted to see and now with the Cody one we’re a promotional machine. And in reality entertainment is not defined. Go look at traditional entertainment right now and the shifts going on, a sitcom in 1998 had a lot more value than a sitcom in 2010, 2018. So it’s all about what the audience wants to watch and how they want to watch it. And the fact that there are a lot of wrestling companies producing a lot of content that people aren’t paying attention to and we’ve been able to succeed by producing less content, making the content more important.”