Trending: Rodgers, shaving cream, Madden

NFL veterans -- and a few highly touted rookies -- who aren't concerned with those final roster cuts got to enjoy this week as the league's version of silly season. The final preseason game means rest for most starters and training camp is winding down. So when is there a better time to nail Aaron Rodgers with a good old shaving-cream towel to the face? For fullback John Kuhn, that time would be now:

There's always film to look at -- but Tuesday brought fun and games to the next level as "Madden NFL 13" had its official release:

Not everyone was happy:

The problem, according to the New York Daily News, occurred because EA Sports used a photo of Marcus Thomas, a running back waived by the Broncos in 2009, instead of the giant Giant, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. A producer at EA Sports tweeted to Thomas that the problem will be addressed:

Then there was the issue of "Franchise Mode:"

T.J., hope this helps.

Four seasons playing in Oakland will have this effect on anyone:

But things may be looking up for the Silver and Black -- at least in the Dodgers' clubhouse:

Sometimes, looks can be deceiving. Maybe the rookie QB, who will sit this week but start Cleveland's opener on Sept. 9, will keep the beard until the Browns win a Super Bowl:

Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald's 1.3 million followers had the chance to get in on the action:

Here's one "Madden 13" fan definitely not on the naughty list. Pure bliss, indeed:

From michaelcolander and EA Sports via Instagram

It was a late night/early morning for some:

"Madden 13" left a royal impression:

James engaged longtime friend and current business partner Frankie Walker Jr. in a "Madden 13" marathon -- with the results carried live via Twitter. James dominated early:

But Walker finally emerged victorious:

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