Aaron Rodgers slims down, more flexible

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You know it's a busy day around the Green Bay Packers when starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not have the largest contingent of reporters around his locker.

But with Julius Peppers making his first appearance in a green and gold uniform, some significant changes in defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ plans coming to light, new high-profile tight end Colt Lyerla talking to reporters for the first time since he signed and more news in the comeback attempt by Jermichael Finley, it's almost understandable that the Packers' most important player might fly a bit under the radar.

But there was at least one significant development to come from Rodgers after Thursday's OTA practice, the first that was open to reporters this spring: Rodgers told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman that he has lost 11 pounds this offseason.

That would put Rodgers under 220 pounds, likely the lightest weight of his NFL playing career.

After a season in which Rodgers missed seven starts because of the broken collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears, he said he planned to work to increase his flexibility this offseason. Part of that was an increase in the amount of yoga exercises he does.

"A lot of flexibility's helping with those injuries as you get older," said Rodgers, who turned 30 last December.

Even though Rodgers returned for the regular-season finale and played in the playoffs, he said he had to adjust his offseason training program early on because of the collarbone injury.

"I just had to rest and get into my routine when I did," he said during a session with reporters at his locker. "There were some things I shied away from -- some heavy lifting, especially shoulder stuff in the offseason -- but I did my rehab and took it slow and feel good."