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Nick Barnett wishes he kept his mouth shut

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Nick Barnett #56 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a defensive stop against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nick Barnett

Jonathan Daniel

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley made a “poor decision” by complaining on Twitter about initially not being part of the team’s photo.

Barnett agrees with the sentiment.

“If I knew the trouble it would have stirred I would have kept my mouth shut!!!” Barnett wrote Thursday after finding out how his coach felt.

McCarthy said that he changed the photo date after talking to his team captains, not because of what Barnett said. It’s worth noting McCarthy seemed more annoyed with his players than the media.

It’s a lesson that more than one NFL team has learned over the last two years: Twitter creates fires that the team often needs to put out.

(And with that, we promise to stop posting on this story. On to the next “total overreaction.”)