Se­cret to Pack at­tack? Aaron Rodgers, of course

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Cor­ner­back Leodis McKelvin is back in the Ea­gles’ lineup, a mild con­cus­sion be­hind him, the Green Bay Pack­ers in front.

Never a fel­low to beat around the bush, McKelvin was blunt when asked what made Jordy Nel­son so tough in the red zone, be­sides size.

“Aaron Rodgers,” McKelvin. “That’s it right there.”

Asked to elab­o­rate, the veteran shrugged. And not out of dis­re­spect to Nel­son or any of the Pack­ers’ ca­pa­ble re­ceivers, although some blog­ger al­most cer­tainly will con­vey McKelvin’s quotes out of con­text. Rather, it’s a re­spect thing for Rodgers.

“When you have a quar­ter­back like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or any­body like that, you don’t re­ally need any­body re­ally that ex­cit­ing,” McKelvin said. “You just need some­body run­ning routes, do­ing what they need to do, with enough speed. The quar­ter­back is ev­ery­thing. That’s why most teams try to go get that quar­ter­back.”

McKelvin ex­pects to be ready to roll Mon­day night at the Linc.

Ditto run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les, who says he’s played with a cracked rib be­fore, just not with the iden­ti­cal in­jury he has now.

McKelvin par­tic­i­pated fully in prac­tice Fri­day. Spro­les was lim­ited although he an­tic­i­pates be­ing cleared to play his usual role as a run­ning back and punt re­turner.

De­fen­sive end Connor Bar­win (bone bruise) prac­ticed fully.

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The Ea­gles (5-5) are four-point fa­vorites over the Pack­ers (46), who have lost eight of their last nine reg­u­lar-sea­son starts against the Birds in Philly.

With a 4-0 record at the Linc, the Ea­gles are among three teams un­de­feated at home this sea­son. The Tex­ans (5-0) and Sea­hawks (5-0) are the oth­ers.

MARK TE­NALLY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

When Ea­gles cor­ner­back Leodis McKelvin was asked what makes any one of the Green Bay re­ceivers tough to cover, the an­swer was sim­ple: Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers (12).

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