Aaron Rodgers: Sucker punch to Jets QB 'the worst thing you can think of' in a fight

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers doesn't think what happened to New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Tuesday would ever happen in the Green Bay Packers' locker room.

To be sure, Rodgers spoke before all the details were revealed about the altercation between Smith and Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali, who punched the quarterback in the face and broke his jaw.

But Rodgers credited Packers coach Mike McCarthy with establishing ground rules for the locker room.

"The thing that Mike's always stressed -- which I think is very important -- is it's a professional environment; it's not a personal environment," Rodgers said. "So when you get back in the locker room, that's where you're a team again. Being a professional is about leaving stuff on the field and not bringing it in the locker room. Leadership helps with that, but also I think it comes from the top. It's a mindset that you leave the stuff on the field. You don't bring it back in the locker room."

Perhaps the part that troubled Rodgers the most was that Jets coach Todd Bowles said Enemkpali "sucker punched" Smith.

"It's unfortunate, because any time you hear about a sucker punch, that's like the worst thing you can think of [in a fight] and obviously not a big sign of toughness there," Rodgers said. "But I think in this locker room we do a good job of leaving things on the field. We haven't had a major scuffle in camp. You've seen the stuff that happened with Cam Newton and the fights at the Redskins' practice. Those are part of training camp, but at the same time, you've kind of got to rise above it. When you get in the locker room, you're going in the same direction. So you've got to be a pro."

Packers backup quarterback Scott Tolzien said he wasn't even aware of what happened with the Jets, and seemed genuinely astonished when told of the events.

He couldn't fathom what would happen if someone did that to Rodgers.

"They'd probably be in a lot of trouble," he said.