Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:19 pm
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Reason for worry in Packer secondary?

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Harris (US Presswire)
In a move that surprises no one, the Green Bay Packers have put cornerback Al Harris on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Jim Corbett of USA Today broke the news after speaking with Mike McCarthy.

The 35-year-old Harris is coming off major reconstructive surgery after blowing out his knee in Week 11 last year. The Packers are comfortable (enough) with Tramon Williams as the replacement No. 2 corner. In filling this role down the stretch last season, Williams proved to be a superb athlete who needs to hone his technique. Penalties were a problem for fourth-year pro.

McCarthy stressed that Harris is “definitely getting better”, but obviously, he’s not well enough to play in the first six games in 2010.

The greater concern in Green Bay’s secondary is at safety. Third-round rookie Morgan Burnett is filling in for injured Atari Bigby at strong safety (Bigby is still recovering from ankle surgery and has also been placed on PUP). Burnett, who left Georgia Tech after his junior year, flashed playmaking potential in offseason workouts and minicamps, but in the preseason, he has been somewhat of a liability in coverage.


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Posted on: August 29, 2010 10:19 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Bulaga won't start after all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s rarely a good thing when a player who has lost a battle for a starting position isn’t informed of the coach’s decision until the media who have been informed of the coach’s decision asks said player about … um … said decision.

Such was the case today when Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy declared that Daryn Colledge (that's his mug shot on the right) had won the starting LG job over first-round pick Bryan Bulaga for the season-opener against the Eagles.

The Green Bay Press Gazette has the story.

After he was told he would not be a starter, Bulaga said, “This is the first I know about it, so we’ll see. I’m sure they have a plan and we’ll just take it day by day. … He won the job, Coach made a decision. That’s what it is. Obviously I’m disappointed I’m not the guy, but been nicked up a little bit. That’s just the way it goes.”

I do love Colledge’s response, though.

“Awesome, I didn’t know I wasn’t the starter originally,” said Colledge.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:11 am
 

Addai suffers concussion in preseason game

Posted by Will Brinson

Joseph Addai, who ripped off a 49-yard run on Indianapolis' first play from scrimmage, suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Thursday night's preseason game against the Packers.

Addai chased down Robert Francois after the Packers' defender recovered a Peyton Manning fumble and, while tackling Francois at the Colts' 2-yard-line, "came down hard."

He then spent a few minutes on the sideline with his head covered by a towel and speaking with trainers.

The oddest part about the injury is that the Colts, who aren't exactly known for leaving their starters in for lengthy periods of time (ahem, 2009 regular season), kept he, Manning and other starters in past halftime.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:01 pm
 

QBs blowing up on Thursday night, Avery hurt

Posted by Will Brinson

We tweeted earlier wondering who would have the best numbers between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Rodgers won the battle (but not by much), throwing up a monster first half line, going 21/29 with 195 yards and 3 TDs. Manning wasn't exactly bad though, going 13/23 with 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.

Elsewhere (well, in New England, actually), Tom Brady and Sam Bradford are having a decent little night of their own.

Brady went 10/12 for 175 yards and 2 TDs including a 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss; Brady also "lost" a series when Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house.

Bradford, in what amounts to an audition for the Rams' starting job, looked superb while going 15/22 for 189 yards and 2 TDs. (Of course, ex-Duke guy Thaddeus Lewis had, as of this writing, ripped the Pats for 74 yards and a TD, so maybe it's a defensive thing.)

Bad news hit for the Rams, though, when Donnie Avery left on a cart after a nasty knee injury.

We'll keep you updated on that as we find out more.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Packers-Colts preseason action: what/why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Some of us are picking these two teams to square off again in Dallas this February. We won’t go so far as to dub any preseason contest a “Super Bowl preview”, but suffice it to say, there are plenty of reasons to watch tonight’s Packers-Colts game (8:00 ET, ESPN).
For one, this is the third preseason contest for both teams. Thus, we’ll see somewhat intricate gameplans and starters on the field for most of the first three quarters.

Second, we’re talking about two of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, and two defenses that have the stars to create intriguing matchups within the matchups: Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis against Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles; Charles Woodson, the multi-tooled X-factor in Dom Capers’ defense, against Peyton Manning; Colts first-round rookie defensive end Jerry Hughes against Packers first-round offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga in the second half. P. Manning (US Presswire)

This game will also be an important audition for several Packers. Daryn Colledge is looking to solidify his hold on the left guard duties (this will be the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years, that Colledge has successfully held his starting job after being seriously challenged for it in camp). If he struggles, we might see Bulaga or Allen Barbre thrown back in the mix.

With Al Harris still on the mend (knee) and unlikely to be ready come Week 1, Brandon Underwood, Pat Lee, Sam Shields and Jarrett Bush are competing for the No. 3 cornerback job.

Several Packer linebackers are posturing for playing time. If the season were to begin today, the starting lineup would be: OLB’s Clay Matthews and Brad Jones, and ILB’s A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett. Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop have both been in the mix, though Chillar appears set as the versatile nickel backup, while Bishop, much to his chagrin, finds himself having to once again scrapping for a role after Hawk took back the starting ILB job.

P.S. Packers-Colts isn’t the only preseason game tonight. There’s also Rams-Patriots in New England. That game is not nationally televised, so this is a moot point for most people, but there is an obvious reason to watch this one (besides it being the third preseason contest for both teams): Sam Bradford is starting.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 9:30 am
 

Hot Routes 8.21.10: injuries galore

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Atari Bigby, currently recovering from ankle surgery, could be headed for PUP. Doctors are saying the strong safety might need eight weeks to get healthy again.

Falcons fifth-round rookie receiver Kerry Meier is out for the season with a knee injury.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye needs wrist surgery and has been put on Injured Reserve.

Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride are in a hot competition for the Cardinals’ No. 2 corner job. This tells you that the second-year pro Toler hasn’t played up to expectations; the job was supposed to be his to begin with.

Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are building a strong rapport in Washington.

One more Redskins note: despite missing chunks of practice for…whatever ailment he seems to have this week…Albert Haynesworth would like to play Saturday against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson was so proud of his accomplishments in 2009 that he got some new tattoos to commemorate them. Click here to take a look.

The punter position has been a problem for Green Bay (the team tied for last in the NFL in net punting average in 2009). It could just be exaggerated optimism, but coaches think things are turning around.

With safety Louis Delmas’s status for Week 1 in question (groin injury), more and more people are calling on the Lions to acquire disgruntled Chiefs safety Jarrad Page.


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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Rehashing the Brett Favre-Javon Walker drama

Posted by Andy Benoit

Normally, there is little reason to care when a receiver like Javon Walker works out for a team. Once a star, Walker was an injury-riddled non-factor during his two years in Oakland and is now out of the league. Friday, the 32-year-old worked out for the Minnesota Vikings (so did 49ers castoff Brandon Jones). J. Walker (US Presswire)

So why do we care? Because this gives us a chance to rehash the Walker-Brett Favre drama from around a half-decade ago. You may recall, Walker had a 1,382-yard, 12-touchdown season for the Packers in 2004. He held out of minicamp in 2005, which drew the ire of Favre.

"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way. When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."

Walker decided to play that year but suffered a career-alerting knee injury in Week 1. Favre’s comments stung, and ultimately Walker forced his way out of town. ESPN’s Mike Sando republished an excerpt from an old story from Michael Smith on the matter:


Favre offended Walker when he spoke out against the receiver in his contract dispute, saying he should come to training camp and not hold out. (Walker heeded the advice.) Walker believes Favre's comments made living and working in Wisconsin difficult; Walker tells of one instance when he was in a hotel and an employee announced his presence on an Internet message board for "anyone who had something to say to Javon Walker." It also angered Walker that the team allowed its iconic quarterback to interfere publicly in a teammate's business with management. He held his tongue all year.

"There's an unwritten rule that players stick together," said Walker, still biting his tongue on Favre for the most part.


Now, Walker needs to play with Favre, as he has nowhere else to play. Will it happen? Probably not (Jones would be a much better signing). And if it does, Walker would likely be the No. 5 or 6 wideout anyway. But hey, at least we got a chance to relive one of the best quarterback-receiver drama stories in recent years, right?

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