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Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:52 pm

Rodgers tops Pro Bowl voting; Tebow third AFC QB

Aaron Rodgers led the way in all Pro Bowl voting.(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We've wondered whether or not Tim Tebow is a Pro-Bowl candidate before this year and the answer is probably "no." But that doesn't matter when it comes to Pro-Bowl voting, where Tebow was the third-highest vote getter among AFC quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers, named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, was the top vote-getter among all NFL players, pulling in 1,581,982 votes from fans. Tom Brady was second among all NFL players with 1,454,311 votes. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski joined Brady in the top 10, via NFL.com:

Top-10 Pro Bowl Vote Getters
Player Position Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311
Drew Brees
QB Saints 1,188,893
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Steelers 935,535
Adrian Peterson
RB Vikings 925,554
Mike Wallace
WR Steelers 923,073

So, yeah, breaking: the Patriots and Steelers are popular! Also popular? Tebow.

AFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311 Andre Carter
DE Patriots 511,693
Arian Foster
RB Texans 896,804 Haloti Ngata
DT Ravens 592,603
Vonta Leach
FB Ravens 149,801 Terrell Suggs
OLB Ravens 546,851
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787 Ray Lewis
MLB Ravens 413,222
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886 Darrelle Revis
CB Jets 561,986
Michael Oher
OT Ravens 327,644 Troy Polamalu
SS Steelers 230,649
Logan Mankins
G Patriots 337,844 Ed Reed
FS Ravens 198,075
Maurkice Pouncey
C Steelers 376,457 Shane Lechler
P Raiders 228,782
Sebastian Janikowski
K Raiders 244,512 Joe McKnight
KR Jets 140,926

Once again, I'll point out that the Ravens and Patriots are popular (and also good at what they do), along with the Steelers. Brendon Ayanbadejo was the leading "special teams" vote-getter, with 106,515. On the NFC side, well, I hope you like the Packers:

NFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982 Jared Allen
DE Vikings 784,527
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824 Justin Smith
DT 49ers 525,578
John Kuhn
FB Packers 322,260 DeMarcus Ware
OLB Cowboys 581,554
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777 Patrick Willis
MLB 49ers 581,554
Jimmy Graham
TE Saints 725,612 Charles Woodson
CB Packers 763,198
Chad Clifton
OT Packers 392,106 Roman Harper
SS Saints 147,542
T.J. Lang
G Packers 327,740 Morgan Burnett
FS Packers 223,292
Scott Wells
C Packers 436,693 Andy Lee
P 49ers 161,812
Mason Crosby
K Packers 184,665 Devin Hester
KR Bears 268,293

For the NFC, Jarrett Bush of the Packers received the most special teams votes with 134,696. (And yes, I suppose I could have kick returners on the offense side, but I'm not trying to have my tables be all uneven. Oh no I'm not.)

Naturally, none of this means any of these guys are guaranteed to make the Pro Bowl -- the fan vote only counts as one-third of the total. The players vote is worth two-thirds. But there's a good chance that many of these guys will end up in the Pro Bowl.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:54 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 5:07 pm

Neck injury ends Packers S Nick Collins season

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, Packers safety Nick Collins suffered a scary neck injury that forced him to be carted off from Bank of America Stadium. He spent the evening in a Charlotte hospital, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Monday that his season was over.

"We're not far enough along in the evaluation process" to determine if surgery is necessary or if it may be career-threatening, McCarthy said, per our Packers Rapid Reporter James Carlton.

Given the dangerous nature of the injury, it's just fantastic that Collins is OK. And McCarthy indicated that Collins appeared to be doing well after informing the team of his injury.

"He has a neck brace on and he's walking around," he said. "You would never know (he's injured)."

As far as football implications go, this is a pretty huge loss for the Packers, especially given that the talent-filled secondary is currently the subject of some scrutiny, given that they've allowed two-straight 400-yard passing games.

Charlie Peprah is the "next man up" once again, as he filled in for Morgan Burnett last year. The difference, of course, is that when he replaced Burnett in 2010, Peprah had lining up next to him.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:57 am

Bigby, Al Harris still out for Packers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although he was eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list last week, the Packers did not activate SS Atari Bigby and he will not play today. Coach Mike McCarthy already had ruled out CB Al Harris, who’s missed the entire season on PUP as well, from playing in today’s game vs. the Jets.

With the team still missing rookie S Morgan Burnett, who tore his ACL earlier this month and is out for the season, the unspectacular Charlie Peprah will start at strong safety against a New York offense that’s only thrown two interceptions this season.

Bigby and Wilson began practicing last week, and originally, Wilson wanted to be back in time for last week’s game vs. Minnesota. But he’s still recovering from a 2009 season-ending knee injury, and apparently, he’s not 100 percent ready to play.

Bigby impressed coach Mike McCarthy enough where he was teetering on his decision as late as Friday. But the team made no roster moves this weekend, meaning Bigby won’t play.

Bigby and Harris will have to be added to the active roster by next week, or they’ll be ineligible to play this season.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:05 pm

Packers lose safety Burnett for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has announced that third-round rookie safety Morgan Burnett is out with a torn ACL. The underclassman from Georgia Tech injured his knee in the second quarter against Detroit. M. Burnett (US Presswire)

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote Sunday, “How Burnett was injured is just as much of a mystery as the injury itself.
Burnett was last seen on the field with 11:39 left in the second quarter after Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best fumbled, and it was recovered by the Packers. (But) Burnett was not in on the fumble. He did get involved in the post-fumble scrum, so it's possible he tweaked a knee as someone pulled him off the pile.”

Burnett had been filling in for an injured Atari Bigby (the hard-hitting Bigby is on PUP after August ankle surgery). Coaches loved the youngster’s playmaking potential, though he had been somewhat up-and-down in coverage reads.

Still, the loss hurts. Because untested Charlie Peprah has been fighting a quad injury, former Ravens corner/safety Derrick Martin replaced Burnett Sunday. Martin is versatile and experienced, but his lack of athleticism is noticeable (see Calvin Johnson’s second touchdown grab from Sunday).

The Packers hope to get Bigby back October 18. Cornerback Al Harris is also eligible to come off PUP then. If Harris can contribute, the Packers, will at least have some depth to work with. That’s all Dom Capers needs for his diverse coverage schemes.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:19 am

Packers-Bears reaction

Chicago pulled out a victory to get to 3-0 on the season. Chicago WR R. Davis celebrates after the game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Before the season began, I was pretty sure Chicago was overrated. I had never been impressed with the consistency of QB Jay Cutler. I didn’t think RB Matt Forte could be effective. I was weary about offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The defense would be fine – actually, I expected it to be very good – but I didn’t think the offense could keep the team in games.

Through three games – all Bears victories, including a less-than-impressive win in the season-opener against Detroit – there are still plenty of questions for the offense. But then again, the defense has been very good, and Cutler has done well enough to lead Chicago to the top of the NFC North division.

“It’s fun,” Cutler told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber after the game. “That’s all you can ask for. The defense did a great job. We still felt the whole game we were killing ourselves. But we came up big at the end of the night.”

OK, let’s talk about the real reason Chicago won or – more appropriately – how the Packers lost this game.

Green Bay outgained Chicago 379-298, but the Packers blew it for themselves. They tied a club record that had stood since 1945 with 17 penalties for 152 yards. Many of them, especially late in the game, were undisciplined and, frankly, stupid. Frank Zombo had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler that wiped out an interception. There was the bad personal foul penalty by Nick Collins, and there was a horrendous pass interference by Morgan Burnett to give Bears possession deep in Packers territory.

If Burnett’s pass interference was horrendous, the play of Green Bay’s special teams was atrocious. Bears returner Devin Hester ran back a punt return for a touchdown and should have had another (speaking of which, why in the hell are you kicking to him in the first place?). Bears DE Julius Peppers blocked a Mason Crosby FG attempt. Green Bay got nothing with their return game. And let’s not even get into that last-second kickoff return of desperation that featured about 15 forward passes (the flags were gone, and after the officials would finish throwing their hats, they were going to have to start throwing their whistles).

“You can’t play football like that,” Mike McCarthy said in the postgame presser when asked about the penalties.

That’s true, Mike. But let’s not let the coaching staff off the hook here. After James Jones’ fumble with a little more than 2 minutes to play gave the Bears possession near mid-field, for some reason – even though it should have been abundantly clear to whoever was speaking in McCarthy’s ear that the call was good – McCarthy threw the challenge flag.

It was pretty obvious after looking at one replay that the fumble recovery was legit. Yet McCarthy challenged and lost a timeout. It helped his squad lose the game (hey, at least the Packers would have had more time after Robbie Gould's field goal).

This was a game Green Bay should have won. This was a game the Bears should have lost.

And you know what? I still think Chicago is overrated.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:01 am

Morgan Burnett gets off to rough start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was not a great first day at work for Packers safety Morgan Burnett. He didn’t look good tackling against the Eagles, he didn’t look aggressive and he dropped a potential interception. Overall, while taking the place of Atari Bigby (on PUP after offseason ankle surgery), he looked less than impressive.

Burnett Still, Green Bay’s coaches don’t seem concerned.

"I'm not worried about his physical play right now," safeties coach Darren Perry told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't think anybody on our defense is worried about his physical play."

Perhaps not, but his first game provided more questions than answers.

From Greg Bedard’s story:

Perry said he was "completely aware" of why questions would be asked. The Eagles' two longest completions, both 27 yards, were successful largely because Burnett didn't attack the man with the ball, and a 12-yard touchdown run straight up the middle exposed Burnett's inability to make what should have been a routine tackle.

"I want him to be more aggressive," said Perry. "I'd like to see him play with a little bit more recklessness, and we can get that."

But Perry didn't think Burnett was timid against the Eagles.

"No, I wouldn't say that," he said. "I think probably more cautious than anything else."

Perry admitted that when Bigby returns to health, he would have a chance to win back his job, but Green Bay has liked Burnett for a while. He keeps himself around the ball, has good range and makes interceptions. But scouts also wondered about his physicality, and so far, they’ve been proven right (though with a tiny sample size).

"The main thing for him is to keep growing as a player," said Perry. "Understand his role in the defense. We don't want him to be tentative back there. First time out of the gate, I think there was a little tentativeness in terms of reacting."

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:28 pm

Packers could place Bigby on PUP

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Originally, Packers S Atari Bigby wasn’t supposed to be out this long. He had surgery on his left ankle Aug. 6 to clean out some scar tissue, and at first, he thought he might be out four weeks. That prognosis, though, has been stretched to eight weeks, and now, it’s unclear what Green Bay should do with the five-year veteran.

Wait for his ankle to heal and hold his spot on the 53-man roster? Or put him on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning he couldn’t return for the first six weeks of the season?

That's the conundrum, writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . From the story:

Bigby is due to have his stitches removed in a few days. If he is cleared to practice in the four-week timeframe, he would be able to work out the week of the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 12. It's doubtful he would be able to play in that game, but he could contribute soon after.

If Bigby's recovery time is closer to eight weeks, that puts him on pace to be out at least the first four games.

In that case, it would make sense for the Packers to place Bigby on the physically unable to perform list. He wouldn't count against the 53-man roster but would be ineligible for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Bigby said the PUP possibility would be "very disappointing. Extremely."

Bigby’s absence means rookie Morgan Burnett will start in his place. Although he's inexperienced, Burnett got some much-needed reps in the offseason, considering Bigby refused to sign his restricted free agent tender and missed OTAs and mini-camp.

So, why didn’t Bigby get the ankle surgery earlier in the offseason. Like, say in April instead of August?

"I just thought I was beat up after the season," Bigby told the paper. "I went through the whole off-season, I rested on it, and I thought I would be able to come back and be 100 percent. Of course, I wasn't."

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:54 pm

Things look iffy for Atari Bigby

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Bigby (US Presswire)
Packers safety Atari Bigby underwent a cleanup procedure on his bothersome ankle today. Bigby had passed the team’s running test, and the pain he’s experienced has been only sporadic. But it was decided that surgery gave the hard-hitting safety the best chance at being effective in 2010.

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Post Gazette writes:

We’re starting to learn more about how Bigby’s latest ankle problems popped up. He said he felt some pain after last season ended but figured it was the usual post-season soreness. After taking some time off, he said he resumed workouts during which the ankle game him little or no trouble.

But because he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender — he was seeking a long-term deal that he never got — he was never at Packers headquarters, therefore the team couldn’t monitor his health.

Bigby’s health issues certainly don’t help his already-tenuous job status. He’ll need roughly four weeks to recover from his operation. The Packers used third-round rookie Morgan Burnett in Bigby’s strong safety slot all offseason. Burnett is touted as a natural playmaker.

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