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Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:16 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 3:27 pm

Leonard Weaver still hoping to make comeback

After missing most of 2010 and all of 2011, Weaver won't return to the field in 2012 either.  (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Leonard Weaver, perhaps the NFL’s best fullback in 2009 who suffered a brutal knee injury in 2010 and who missed all of 2011, won’t play in 2012 either. He’s simply not healthy enough, as you can surmise in this Philadelphia Daily News piece that follows Weaver as he fails another physical with the Eagles training staff.

Weaver says his foot doesn’t work right, and though he wants to resume what had been a six-year career, he’s not sure if he’ll ever be healthy enough to do so.

"My heart is to get back," Weaver said. “But it's not going to happen this season. It's tough."

More from the Daily News:
What Weaver doesn't have is the ability to move his left foot fully, even after nearly 18 months of rehab, much of it incredibly painful and tedious. He's as athletic and powerful-looking as ever, within a couple of pounds of his playing weight. If you stood the 2009 Weaver up against the 2012 Weaver, in street clothes, you probably couldn't tell the difference. But the difference is huge.

"As of right now, no, I can't run like I used to," Weaver, 29, says.

Teams have called, he said, but he isn't ready to run for them. After another year away? Well, who will call about a 30-year-old fullback whose last substantive action was in 2009?

The tackle that might have ended Weaver’s career occurred in Week 1 of 2010 when Weaver took a carry and took a helmet to the leg courtesy of Green Bay’s Nick Barnett. Weaver’s body went forward; his leg went backward. And that was it.

"That was the worst pain I've ever felt. I've never been shot, but I'll tell you what, it had to be worse," Weaver said. "It was just all up and down my leg, up and down my back, this burning sensation. It was like somebody lit a match and it went all over my body, and it just continued. It was crazy."

Weaver tore his ACL and suffered nerve damage, a diagnosis that left Weaver sobbing in the locker room afterward. Since then, Weaver has had three surgeries, and though the foot he couldn’t lift after his initial injury has improved, it’s nowhere near NFL ready.

Doctors have told him there’s a 99 percent chance he’ll never play again. For now, Weaver is just happy he can walk.

If you have some time, click the Daily News link and check out the rest of the story. It’s an interesting look at a guy whose dream most likely will not become a reality.

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Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 10:51 am

Eye on Football NFL Awards: Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson

Every week, our NFL experts will hand out the Eye on Football hardware to the best of the best from the NFL week that was.

Week 5 NFL Awards
Expert Offense Defense STeams Coach
Freeman     Cutler  Rogers  Janikowski  Harbaugh
Prisco     Best  Wilson  Novak  Jackson
Brinson Green-Ellis  Allen  Janikowski  Frazier
Katzowitz  R-berger  Wilson  Janikowski  Harbaugh
Wilson  R-Berger  Barnett  Janikowski  Schwartz
Week 5's in the books and so are our ballots -- let's recap exactly why people won what they won.

Jay Cutler got a vote because even though he lost, the Bears offensive line is embarrassing. But Ben Roethlisberger, who plays behind an inept line as well, got more votes for his ability to play through injury and do what Ben do.

On defense, beating the Eagles is still considered impressive apparently, because George Wilson (and Nick Barnett) were mentioned the most and pick up our Eye on Defense awards.

Sebastian Janikowski, aka the Polish Cannon, was nearly a unanimous selection for Eye on Special Teams -- he was one Nick Novak vote away from sweeping the award this week, and it's understandable given he bombed three fifty-yard field goals.

For Eye on Coaching, things were much different -- Hue Jackson was the emotional favorite heading in, but Jim Harbaugh's business-like beatdown of the Bucs garnered him enough support to pick up the award.

Leave your votes in the comments below or scream angrily at us on Twitter @EyeOnNFL.

Eye on Offense Award
Mike Freeman Ryan Wilson
Jay Cutler Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
He didn't the win game. His statistics weren't great but it's rare to see a quarterback get the living hell beat of him like that and keep fighting. Fighting. That's not a word commonly associated with Cutler especially since half of league went on Twitter and trashed his toughness during that debacle of a playoff game last season. The only guy I saw get beat up more was Mark Sanchez against Baltimore. Cutler and Matt Forte almost single-handedly kept the Bears in the game.
Darren McFaddenBen Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
It took a sprained left foot to the franchise quarterback and injuries up and down the roster, but the Steelers' offense -- and Roethlisberger -- looked crisp and efficient against the Titans. Big Ben finished with five touchdowns, and 24 of 34 passing, with many of the completions coming on three-step drops. Funny how that works.
Pete Prisco Will Brinson
Jahvid Best Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Best ran for163 yards on 12 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown run against the Bears Monday night that helped give the Lions a 21-10 win. He averaged 13.6 per carry. Best has big-play ability that compliments the Lions' wide-open passing game.
BenJarvus Green-EllisBenJarvus Green-Ellis
"The Law Firm" was supposed to lose carries to Stevan Ridley heading into the Jets game. So much for that -- Ellis won on summary judgment against Rex Ryan's defense, running for 136 yards and two TDs on 27 carries, using a punishing physicality to help the Patriots seal a crucial division victory.
Josh Katzowitz
Ben RoethlisbergerBen Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
We got word that Roethlisberger and his bad foot were limping around the locker room before the game. But after throwing for five touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s blowout win, Roethlisberger was either faking or it was just another “too tough to know any better” performances. He also did a nice job of adjusting in order to make up for a beat-up offensive line.
Eye on Defense Award
Freeman Wilson
Carlos RogersCarlos Rogers, CB, 49ers
He returned a Tampa Bay interception 31 yards for a touchdown. It was a good play but the truth is that entire 49ers defense deserved the award. They gave up just three points and you can see the 49ers start to take on the no-nonsense personality of the coach. This is what the 49ers had hoped to do when the organization hired Mike Singletary.
Nick Barnett Nick Barnett, LB, Bills
He intercepted Vick twice, including a pick-six. Of course, beating the Eagles isn't quite as prestigious as it was a month ago, but given the Bills' recent history, I'm guessing they won't quibble.

Prisco Brinson
George WilsonGeorge Wilson, S, Bills
Wilson doesn't get a lot of due, but he should. He was all over the field against the Eagles. He had 11 tackles, three passes defensed, an interception and a tackle for loss. He was everywhere in the Bills upset of the Eagles.
Jared AllenJared Allen, DE, Vikings
Allen did what he's done all year -- disrupt the passer. But this time, the Vikings finally won. Allen harassed Kevin Kolb into an absolutely horrible game, sacking him twice, picking up three tackles, three QB hits and recovering a fumble. Give Minny's D credit for finally holding a lead.
George Wilson George Wilson, Nick Barnett, Bills
The Bills just keep on winning, and Sunday’s victory was a credit to their D. Wilson was all over the field with 11 tackles and a pick, and Barnett returned a Vick interception for a TD and then picked Vick again in the fourth quarter as the Eagles were driving for a potential game-tying touchdown.
Eye on Special Teams Award
Freeman Wilson
Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski, K, Raidersy K
Janikowski tied an NFL record with three field goals of 50 yards or more. Not bad for a former fat boy party dude. Few players not named Vick have improved their public image over the years better than Janikowski. He's always had a strong leg but these days he's more disciplined and his accuracy and ability to boot long kicks makes him a terrific scoring threat.
Sebastian Janikowski Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
He was 4 for 4 on field-goal attempts, none closer than 42 yards. Janikowski also converted from 55, 54 and 50. We almost expected him to run on the field and intercept Matt Schaub in the end zone on the last play of the game, too.
Prisco Brinson
Nick NovakNick Novak, K, Chargers
When the Chargers lost Nate Kaeding for the season on opening day with a knee injury, there was great concern about the kicking game. Novak has alleviated those fears. He made all five of his field goals against Denver and hasn't missed this season.
Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
As awesome as the Polish Cannon's headshot is, I might just name him special teams player of the week every week from here on out. But he deserved it in Week 5, accounting for 13 of the Raiders 25 points with a 4-4 day, including three field goals longer than 50 yards each.
Sebastian Janikowski Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
He kicked a 54-yard field goal and followed that up with a 55-yarder. Then, one from 50 and one from 42. It was fitting on this day in particular because he had been selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft. By Al Davis.
Eye on Coaching Award
Freeman Wilson
Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh, 49ers
The 49ers are 4-1. Repeat: the formerly sorry ass 49ers and their formerly sorry quarterback Alex Smith are 4-1. Harbaugh has been able to make Smith into a viable quarterback threat. Repeat: Alex Smith is good. How'd that happen?: Harbaugh, that's how.
Jim SchwartzJim Schwartz, Lions
The Lions are 5-0, including Monday night's win over the Bears in their biggest game in more than a decade. For some perspective, Detroit won five games in a season or fewer six times during Matt Millen's eight-year reign of terror.

Prisco Brinson
Hue JacksonHue Jackson, Raiders
With the death of owner Al Davis hanging over this team, Jackson got his team ready to upset a good Houston team on the road. That takes keeping the focus. The Raiders are playing much better this season, and Jackson deserves the credit.
Leslie FrazierLeslie Frazier, Vikings
Good on Frazier for holding onto a lead and winning his first game as a full-time head coach in Minnesota -- Frazier's tenure with the Vikings started off ... interestingly, with the Vikings blowing a slew of double-digit leads. Sunday was a critical win for Frazier and the Vikes.
Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh, 49ers
I thought about giving this award to Hue Jackson, just because of the emotion of the weekend with Al Davis’ death, but the 49ers are 4-1 and coming off a 48-3 destruction of pretty decent Buccaneers squad. You read that right: 4-1 and 48-3. That’s on Harbaugh.

Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:47 am

Harris will get his Super Bowl ring

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although the Packers last season released CB Al Harris, who then found work with the Dolphins, Green Bay CEO Mark Murphy said Harris will receive a Super Bowl ring nonetheless.

Harris never actually played a down for the Packers. He started the season on the physically unable to play list, and he began practicing in October. But rookie CB Sam Shields was playing well enough as the No. 3 CB that the team felt comfortable enough in saying goodbye to Harris – who had spent eight seasons in Green Bay.

So, this reward is more of a thank you for nearly a decade of service and helping the Packers in the leadup to a Super Bowl run rather than being a direct contributor last season.

Which, as linebacker Nick Barnett said, is a pretty classy move.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:53 pm

Hot Routes 3.30.11 Rusty Smith self confident?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 5:55 pm

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a move that seemingly was made only for financial reasons, the Packers released LB A.J. Hawk this afternoon.

Hawk You might not realize this, but Hawk led the Super Bowl champs in total tackles this season with 111 (his best number since his rookie season), and he’s been a full-time starter since Green Bay drafted him in 2006.

But Hawk also was slated to make a guaranteed $10 million for 2011, and clearly, Green Bay wasn’t interested in doling out that kind of cash, particularly when the Packers have a glut of inside linebackers (Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar) on their roster.

That, however, doesn’t mean Hawk is done in Green Bay. He certainly could be tempted to return to the Packers if he’s willing to accept a reduced deal.

Of course, for a team that needs help in its 3-4 defense and wants to spend some cash at the ILB position, Hawk could make a pretty great addition.

Said Packers GM Ted Thompson in a statement released by the team: "With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision. We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future."

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:58 pm

Packers learning to deal with Twitter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

IRVING, Texas – In the heat of the moment, Packers LB Desmond Bishop has logged on to the Internet, clicked on his Twitter page and prepared himself to spill his thoughts online to the 14,000 or so who follow his feed.

Then, sometimes, he takes a breath, thinks about the possible ramifications and deletes the words he’s just written.

“All the time,” Bishop said Wednesday during the media’s morning availability at the team’s Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas hotel.

Really? All the time?

“Yeah, you have to realize what you’re writing before you put it out there,” Bishop said today. “There were times when I was going to write something in the heat of the moment, and I read it, and I was like, ‘I better delete this, because it wouldn’t be good.’ Sometimes you get that backlash when you press send, and then it’s too late. It’s out to the world.”

Some of the Packers know about Twitter backlash.

Like last week, when TE Jermichael Finley and LB Nick Barnett – both of whom are on Injured Reserve – complained that the Packers injured players wouldn’t get to sit for the team photo because of travel logistics.

It caused a mini-controversy for the team, and it prompted coach Mike McCarthy to talk to his team about the ramifications of social media.

“I wouldn’t classify that as a major issue,” McCarthy said. “It was really a situation we dealt with, and as long as our football team is not distracted by it, I don’t feel like it’s an issue. But it was talked about.”

Said Bishop: “He basically told us to have common sense. You know what’s right to say and what’s not right to say. Sometime you’re giving an option and you don’t expect it to be blown out of proportion.”

While a guy like G Josh Sitton won’t bother messing with social media – “I don’t even think about it. I don’t care,” he said – it’s still relevant on his team and in his league. Even though McCarthy isn’t a fan of Twitter and Facebook as either, he also has to deal with it.

“I won’t even let my daughter have a Facebook account, so I think that tells you what I think about Twitter,” McCarthy said. “I wouldn’t even know how to access a Twitter account right now. I understand it’s an important part of the network, but that’s something personally I have zero interest in.”

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:37 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:37 am

Rodgers, Barnett clear the air

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers and Nick Barnett exchanged a few barbs this week, but the quarterback is claiming it is water under the bridge now. Rodgers recently called Barnett and the two spoke directly. 

“I initiated the conversation; we ironed things out,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN.com. “I didn't think there needed to be an apology on either side. I reminded him I was the one who went to the third floor and lobbied to have everyone in the team photo. I realize people are going to want to talk about this at the Super Bowl, but everything is cool."
Nick Barnett
Their little public rift began when Rodgers irked Barnett by subtly complaining about players on injured reserve not sticking around and being near the team.

Barnett, one of 16 Packer players on IR, responded via Twitter (he has since deleted his Twitter account), saying, "All I wanted to be is included as a teammate nothing more. Looks like it has backfired on me. I guess that was asking too much... Sorry if I offended anyone."

If he did, all is well is now (according to Rodgers).

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 8:51 pm

Rodgers talks IR issue, Barnett bails on Twitter

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember that whole Packers picture controversy? The one where several members of the team on IR were upset that the team wouldn't let them take part in the picture ? And then the team relented and let them be in the pic after all ?

Yeah, Mike McCarthy didn't like it (he thought it got overblown) and you have to think Packers fans didn't like it either. But Aaron Rodgers talked about it Saturday, and there's a good chance his words could stir the pot again.

"Well, I’ll say this," Rodgers said per Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee . "I was on IR back in 2006, and I chose to stick around and finish out the season with my guys and be here every game. Some of those guys didn’t. And so, we love them, we care about them, we don’t wish injury on anybody, but this is a group of guys that's really come together and has been great to work with. It's been great to work with the guys we brought in midseason, some of them, and the young guys. Some of the guys who were injured, you know, they are still part of this team, but some of them didn’t choose to stick around."

Those comments are just vague enough to avoid any public perception that Rodgers is pointing fingers, but it's pretty obvious that he is at least speaking to Nick Barnett and Jermichael Finley.

Both those players were on IR, both were absent from the Packers' facility after their season-ending injuries, and both were quite active on Twitter following their exclusion from the picture.

It remains to be seen whether Rodgers' comments actually create any sort of stir, but Nick Barnett (not-so-coincidentally) is deleting his Twitter account.

"Goodbye Twitter ... It was fun while it lasted ... But we need to focus on important things," Barnett tweeted. "Before I delete this page I just want to say I was never trying to be a distraction ... I am [a] Packer have been one for 8 years going on 9 years."

Look, everyone will tell you that this "controversy" isn't a big deal. And it probably isn't. But there's certainly something a little discomforting for Green Bay and Packers fans when the biggest story surrounding the team is a totally meaningless team photo distraction that it can't seem to shake.

Oh yes, and all of this happening before media week starts. Which means it's not the last that we've heard of it.

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