Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 4:21 pm

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions at Packers

Good news for Lions fans. RB Jahvid Best (turf toe) practiced Friday and is expected to start.

Detroit WR Nate Burleson, meanwhile, planned to make the flight to Green Bay, but he’s listed as doubtful. That means the Packers can focus even more of their attention on Calvin Johnson. MLB DeAndre Levy finally made his season debut last week, but then he injured his ankle. He’s questionable.

QB Matthew Stafford is out, but it’s looking like he could return for Week 5.

Most of the Packers questionable and doubtful players are backups, so that shouldn’t affect Green Bay all that much. And while DE Cullen Jenkins, who has been making noise about a new contract this week, is probable, there’s a slight chance he won’t play with a broken hand. If that happens, the Packers might have a problem on the right side of their defensive line (Backup Mike Neal is also questionable).

49ers at Falcons

Three important keys for Atlanta are questionable. Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon had to leave last Sunday’s game because he was cramping. But he’s also been nursing an ankle injury, and he didn’t practice at all this week. Meanwhile, S Erik Coleman, who’s missed the past two weeks with a strained MCL, has improved and could play.

WR Michael Jenkins has begun taking more reps in practice, and if he can play, that likely will help the team’s running game because of Jenkins’ blocking abilities. Considering he’s been out since early training camp, the team likely won’t rush him back.

San Francisco WR Ted Ginn Jr. hasn’t played since spraining his MCL in Week 2, and it doesn’t look like he’ll participate this week either, considering he’s listed as doubtful. Assuming he doesn’t play, Dominique Zeigler will see even more reps. The good news about that – according to reports, QB Alex Smith trusts Zeigler more than he does Michael Crabtree.

Panthers at Saints

One of the key cogs of the Saints defense, Roman Harper, is questionable with a hamstring injury. But after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Harper was limited Friday. Pierre Thomas is also questionable, and perhaps in a clue of what his availability is for Sunday, the team added DeShawn Wynn to the active roster today. Without Reggie Bush, though, the Saints would seem to be in desperate need of Thomas – especially since the team is ranked last in the league in rushing.

And of course, notice who isn’t on the injury report. QB Drew Brees, who apparently is battling knee problems, will play Sunday and was not included on the report.

Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has to be somewhat relieved that two of his starting offensive guards, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Travelle Wharton, are probable. RT Jeff Otah, though, still is out with a knee injury.

Seahawks at Rams

The second-most important player on the Rams squad, RB Steven Jackson, is questionable because of a groin injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and was very limited Friday. One of the Rams most important players on defense, S O.J. Atogwe, also is questionable after missing the second half of last week’s game with a thigh injury. He’ll be a gametime decision.

If both of those guys can’t play – and that is a real possibility – the Rams, it goes without saying, could be in big, big trouble.

The big news for Seattle is that rookie LT Russell Okung – who hasn’t played since the preseason because of a high ankle sprain – is probable to play. Assuming Okung plays (coach Pete Carroll downplayed that possibility a bit this week, but come on, he’s got to play, right?), QB Matt Hasselbeck should feel a little more comfortable. After all, Tyler Polumbus had been manning the LT spot in Okung’s absence.

After missing all of the second half last Sunday, because of a shoulder injury, WR Mike Williams is probable. CB Marcus Trufant, whose absence was sorely missed in the second half of last week’s game when San Diego QB Philip Rivers ripped apart the secondary when Trufant had to leave with an ankle injury, is questionable.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 6:41 pm

Packers run game looks pathetic

Posted by Andy Benoit

Monday night’s Bears-Packers game provided copious storyline: Jay Cutler bourgeoning in Mike Martz’s system (even when Cutler, by his own assessment, played poorly, he still looked really good), Julius Peppers proving his worth, Devin Hester rising from the dead, Mike McCarthy making one of the worst coaching decisions you’ll ever see near the end of regulation, etc. B. Jackson (US Presswire)

Lost in all this is that the Packers proved to be a team without a running game. Hate to be harsh, but it’s difficult to put into words just how bad Brandon Jackson looked. His stat line – seven carries, 12 yards – does not tell the whole story. The 2007 second-round pick was painstakingly sluggish – almost as if he were running in four-inches of sand. His stop and start acceleration was closer to stop and stop acceleration.

During the broadcast, Jon Gruden more than once offered the excuse that the Packers are unfamiliar with Jackson and don’t quite know what they have in him. The Super Bowl-winning head coach was just being polite. The Packers have seen Jackson in practice for four years. They drafted him to be the long-term starter but quickly abandoned that plan when they realized that Ryan Grant was just plain better (and, believe it or not, but the undrafted Grant, even with his 1,200-yard seasons, is not a dynamic NFL running back himself).

Most telling was that the Packers actually brought in a decaying Ahman Green last season to share the load in the backfield. Never in a million years would Green have been signed if McCarthy, Ted Thompson and company had even a morsel of confidence in Jackson.

If you’re the betting kind, put your money on John Kuhn leading the Packers in rushing in 2010. In fact, even if you’re not the betting kind, put your money on Kuhn. The converted fullback is not 1,000-yard material, but he’s at least an assertive downhill runner. He produced 31 yards on six carries against the Bears. On the season, Kuhn is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Jackson is averaging 2.9.

Jackson can still contribute is a third-down back. He’s a solid, constantly-improving blocker. And, when he’s in rhythm, he can be viable in the screen pass game that Green Bay loves so much. But for the traditional running game – which, thanks to a star-studded passing attack, will only be needed sparingly anyway – there is virtually no choice but to go in a different direction.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 2:43 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

N. Collins got into a dispute with a Chicago fan after the fan allegedly used a racial slur against Collins.

Credit: Fox6Now.com

In a rather disgusting incident, Packers S Nick Collins, in the moments after Green Bay took a disappointing loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football, got into a confrontation with a Chicago fan.

Will got into it in this post, and as seen in this video on SPORTSbyBROOKS.com, Collins can be seen yelling and chucking his mouth guard into the stands.

He might have had a good reason to be upset.

Apparently, a Bears fan hurled the N-word slur at Collins and spit at him, hitting Collins in the face as he tried to give away his gloves to a Packers fan. Predictably – and understandably – that pissed off Collins. Now, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, the NFL is looking into the incident.

"I was made aware of it by our security department," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I have not seen the video. I know the NFL is looking into the matter. I understand Nick's story as far as what happened and what our security people that were there, and I support Nick 100 percent.”

These kinds of fans strike me as cowards of the highest order. Yeah, he could spit at Collins and use a racial epithet against him, because he was in the stands, about 10 feet above Collins.

But do you think if the fan met Collins on Lakeshore Drive, he’d have anything but nice things to say to Collins? It’d be something like, “Wow, Mr. Collins, it sure is great to meet you. I’m a big fan.”

There’d be no N-word, because the fan wouldn’t have a barrier protecting him from what I assume would be an angry, angry NFL player. A coward, I tell you.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 11:58 am

Report: Collins had altercation with Bears fan

Posted by Will Brinson

Credit: Fox6Now.com

Bears-Packers games are always a little bit heated, but according to Fox 6 Sports in Milwaukee , things got especially spicy during Monday night's Bears victory -- Packers safety Nick Collins and a Bears fan at Soldier Field supposedly got into some sort of "altercation" ensued.

Reportedly, a Bears fan called Collins the "N-word" while Collins was in the tunnel towards the locker room following the Bears' victory.

According to Fox 6 Sports, Collins claims that he "stopped, yelled at the fan and threw his mouthpiece at [the fan]" following the alleged racial slur.

About 11:45 PM EST Monday night, the news station tweeted that they were "being told Packers Nick Collins was provoked by a Bears fan (spitting). Collins threw tape (I think) at fan & was corralled by [Donald] Driver."

They also sensationalized the incident saying that "Nick Collins goes 'crazy' on a Bears fan while leaving the field & we have it all on camera !! Only station with it recorded !!"

The above tweet is odd, too, because it comes after the news station claimed that "off camera" Collins mentioned the racial slur and "apologizes to all fans for his actions."

Assuming that the incident happened (they haven't aired the video of it yet, but as you can see from the screen shot above, via the station's website, there is something happening) as reported, there's a good chance that the NFL will investigate it.

There also seems to be a good chance, if the video can prove that Collins was provoked by a racial slur from a fan, that he'll get off lightly from this incident.

Absent that proof, though, expect him to get leveled with a pretty hefty fine -- he's already apologized for (read: admitted) his actions and since player-fan interactions at games are a serious deal for any sports league, it's hard to imagine that the NFL would just let this one slide.
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 27, 2010 10:20 pm

Three things about CHI-GB first half

Green Bay has been pressuring J. Cutler in the first half (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three things I noticed from the first half of the Green Bay-Chicago game:

1. No running game means no problem for Packers: John Kuhn has rushed four times for 11 yards; Brandon Jackson has rushed three times for minus-three yards. But when Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his game, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Besides, Kuhn and Jackson have been relatively effective in the pass game, and Green Bay is doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball. Would Ryan Grant make this team better? Almost assuredly. But without him, the team might be OK, too.

2.The Bears OL can’t stop the Packers pass rush: Even though Green Bay, at times, was rushing one defensive lineman, the Packers still managed to sack Chicago QB Jay Cutler three times. But it’s not only the sacks. It seems the Bears are barely managing to give their QB any time to throw on any snap.

3.Bears still in it after looking bad: As mediocre as the Bears have looked this game – they’ve been outgained 180-159 in total offense (I actually thought it was much worse than that) – they’re still right in it. A bad line drive punt by Tim Masthay to Devin Hester, who made a nice return, and a long pass from Cutler to Johnny Knox set up a nine-yard TD pass from Cutler to Greg Olsen late in the second quarter. That makes it 10-7 heading into the halftime, though it should be much worse for Bears.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:03 pm

Bears v. Packers: MNF Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some fooooootball?

How about some poooooooodcast?

If your answer to both of the above questions is "yes" well, boy, are you in luck, because Andy and I are here to talk about our favorite storylines from Week 3 and get you ready for Monday night's Packers/Bears matchup.

Did kickers give themselves a bad name this week? How did so many quarterbacks manage to throw up monster numbers while still managing to lose games? Did Dallas "justify their hype" by finally winning a game? And are the Falcons the new cream of the crop in the NFC South?

All that plus a discussion of whether or not the Bears can hang on against the Packers tonight when the two teams face off, just by clicking play below. And be a friend and go ahead and subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:22 pm

Week 3 injuries & analysis III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders @ Cardinals

Both teams are missing wide receivers – Chaz Schilens (knee) for the Raiders and Early Doucet (hernia) for the Cardinals. The only other major injury of note is guard Robert Gallery, who is still dealing with a bad hamstring. Cardinals guard Alan Faneca is also listed on the injury report (questionable with a back).

Michael Bush is probable after missing the first two games with a fractured thumb (you wonder if Darren McFadden’s early success hasn’t somehow inspired Bush to get healthy).

Raiders corner Chris Johnson is fighting to keep his starting job. His neck injury (questionable) won’t help that caR. Mathews (US Presswire)use. What could help that cause, however, is Steve Breaston’s sore knee. The speedster is listed as questionable.

Chargers @Seahawks

Ryan Mathews is doubtful with a high ankle sprain. It’s 99 percent certain that the rookie running back won’t play Sunday. Three Chargers linebackers are listed as questionable – run-stopping thumper Stephen Cooper (knee) and backup pass-rushers Jyles Tucker (missed practice, undisclosed reasons) and Larry English (foot). Cooper will play (just like last week when he battled the knee); English sounds iffier.

The Seahawks will be without LB Leroy Hill (calf/Achilles), but they probably didn’t figure to have him in 2010 anyway. Seattle’s offensive line is getting healthier. Russell Okung is not back from a high ankle sprain, but Ben Hamilton, Sean Locklear and Chester Pitts are all expected to be available Sunday.

Jets @ Dolphins

No Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and no Calvin Pace (foot) for the Jets. No Jared Odrick (ankle) for the Dolphins. None of this is breaking news.

Miami ILB Channing Crowder is expected to make his season debut after nursing a groin injury. Dolphins starting guard John Jerry has an illness and is doubtful.

Most interesting is whether a Jets receiver will conveniently get injured early on. Rex Ryan would probably never do this, but wouldn’t it be clever to tell David Clowney to fake a hamstring pull (or something) so that the Jets can pretend they have no choice but to play Braylon Edwards?

Packers @ Bears

Packers guard Daryn Colledge hurt his knee in practice, but the injury does not appear to be serious. His status for Monday night is up in the air. Charles Woodson was limited in practice with a toe injury, but that’s par for the course with him.

The Bears will be without rookie safety Major Wright (hamstring) for at least a few weeks. Wright missed a lot of preseason action, too, with a finger injury. OT Chris Williams (hamstring) was the only other Bear to not practice. He is a no-go for Monday.

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