Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Kolb fails concussion test, Vick with 1st team

Posted by Will Brinson

The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.

Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.

"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.

Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.

The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.

But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.

It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Report: Ryan Grant out for the year

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Grant According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer , the Packers will place RB Ryan Grant on IR with severe ankle and leg injuries, ending his season.

There seems to be some debate, though, about what exactly is going on with Grant. Tweeted SI.com's Will Carroll, "Glazer's reports directly conflict with what I was told regarding Ryan Grant's ankle sprain. We'll have to see how this comes out."

Grant is coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons, and he'll surely be missed if his season is over. Now, it appears Brandon Jackson (626 combined yards in the past three years) will take over the starting role.

This ordeal might lead to some regret in the Packers organization about their decision to keep only two RBs on the 53-man roster (to go with three fullbacks). That said, FB John Kuhn also could double as a RB.

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.): A second source has emerged to back up Glazer. It's Tom Silverstein from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . According to Silverstein, Grant will need surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.13.10: first Monday of the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

A lot of people are wondering why Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley got back in for a few plays after suffering concussions. Fair question.

Pat Yasinkas points out that the Saints have a chance to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have to beat the 49ers in order to do it.

The huge Week 1 television ratings pretty much confirm that anyone who doesn’t watch the NFL is a loser.A. Hawk (US Presswire)

We’ll join the Revis vs. Moss hype later this week, but here’s a little taste to let you know that, even with the Jets still yet to play, it’s already starting.

Roddy White caught a career-high 13 passes against the Steelers. Matt Ryan targeted him 23 times!

A.J. Hawk did not see the field Sunday against the Eagles because Green Bay spent the entire game in nickel defense. Brandon Chillar is the club’s nickel linebacker.

Here’s another reason to like star running back Ray Rice.

The Giants may want to consider lowering their ticket prices.

Marshall Yanda will start at right tackle for the Ravens Monday night. Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins are both injured.

The Redskins might still be trying to figure out their offensive line personnel.

Vince Young says he “definitely wants the Heisman” and that he wouldn’t turn it down. But Young also said that Reggie Bush won it “fair and square”. (Of course, if Bush won it “fair and square”, no one would be talking about Young getting the Heisman.)

The Browns started fullback Peyton Hillis ahead of Jerome Harrison at tailback against the Bucs. Hmmm…


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Posted on: September 13, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Justin Harrell out for season (again)

Posted by Andy Benoit

It just wouldn’t be football season without a Justin Harrell injury. The Packers have announced that defensive end Justin Harrell is out with a torn ACL.
J. Harrell
Harrell, a first-round pick in 2007, has played in just 14 games in his NFL-year career. He’s battled lower back problems in recent years, missing all of ’09 and a big chunk of ’08. Given that Green Bay drafted Mike Neal in the second round this past April, it’s likely the franchise will move on from Harrell after this season.

The Packers also announced that running back Ryan Grant is out at least this next week with an ankle injury. Brandon Jackson will start at running back in the home opener against Buffalo. (By the way, did you happen to see how fast Grant hopped on one foot into the locker room after the injury Sunday? If it’d been a 40-yard dash, Grant would have been fast enough to get drafted in one of the middle rounds.)

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Reid: Kolb will start if he's healthy

Posted by Will Brinson

The first and second halves for the Philadelphia Eagles were about as different as the two quarterbacks who led them -- Kevin Kolb struggled mightly (24 yards passing!) in the first and as Josh wrote, Michael Vick reminded us of the Vick of old during the second half as Philly nearly stormed back on the Green Bay Packers.

That second half performance won't matter though, if you believe Andy Reid, as the head coach indicated following the game that regardless of how well Vick played, Kolb would remain the starter provided he's cleared to play.

Reid's decision isn't all that surprising, really. After all, while Vick looked great in relief duty, Kolb is still his quarterback of the future, and just because he got booed by Philly fans doesn't mean, well, anything.

Creating a quarterback controversy would be foolish right now, in that it wouldn't benefit Kolb's confidence, it would undermine the team's confidence in Kolb, and it would immediately make people wonder why Donovan McNabb -- and not Kolb -- was the player traded in the offseason.

Additionally, if Vick came plummeting back to Earth the next week, Reid's quarterback situation would be completely untenable. The worst case now involves Kolb not being cleared and Vick starting against Detroit.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Kevin Kolb out for 2nd half with concussion

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb's first half wasn't exactly pretty -- the new Eagles quarterback threw for 24 total yards and left at halftime to boos from the Philadelphia crowd. He didn't return to the field, either, and the reason is that he's out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Kolb suffered the injury near the end of the first half when he face-planted into the turf and was seen

Michael Vick took Kolb's place under center and on his very first play, did what, well, Vick does -- a meandering 23-yard sprint around defenders that was reminiscent of something out of a video game.

Kolb's absence is obviously devastating for an Eagles team that was desperately seeking a good start with their new identity -- they're not necessarily done with Vick back there, but losing Kolb drastically changes their game plan for the second half against the Packers.

The Eagles also believe that Leonard Weaver, who left the field after a gruesome leg injury, could be out for the remainder of the season.
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Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Podcast: Week 1 late game previews

Posted by NFL Facts & Rumors staff

Andy Benoit joins Will Brinson to preview the second slate of games on the first NFL weekend. Can the numerous ex-Niners among the Seattle crew help the Seahawks overcome inexperience? Will the Aaron Rodgers v. Kevin Kolb matchup be the most exciting quarterback battle of the first week? Would you rather have Derek Anderson or Sam Bradford starting? All those questions -- and more -- answered for your previewing pleasure.


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Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:41 pm
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