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    Join Packers DE Datone Jones for a live chat on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m. CT. The defensive lineman will answer questions from Packers fans while logged in from Lambeau Field.

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News now! Offensive line working to get healthy

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 1, 2015 – 9:42 am

151201-nn1GREEN BAY — The Packers have a chance to have their starting offensive line together for Thursday night’s game in Detroit, but health-wise, the unit isn’t there yet.

Center Corey Linsley (ankle), who missed the Thanksgiving game, has returned to practice on a limited basis, but right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle), who exited last Thursday in favor of Don Barclay, has not yet practiced this week. Head Coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling him out, though.

“I thought he was going to practice (on Monday), but he’s still working through some things,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “I think you have to be realistic about the time frame these guys are going through. An extra day or two is important right now. With our schedule today, I think all these guys will have a chance to bounce back, and we’ll see how practice goes tomorrow.”

Guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton are also on the injury report as limited participants, but neither has missed any games this season. The Packers will have one final on-field workout on Wednesday before boarding the plane for Detroit.

On defense, linebacker Julius Peppers’ day off from practice on Monday was a “coach’s decision,” McCarthy said.

“He obviously doesn’t like to miss practice,” McCarthy said. “That was a decision I think we needed to make, just give him a day.”

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News now! Andrew Quarless returning to practice Monday

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 30, 2015 – 10:56 am

151130-nn1GREEN BAY — Packers veteran tight end Andrew Quarless, who has been out since injuring his knee in Week 3, will practice for the first time since his injury on Monday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed.

Quarless was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return when he got hurt. Now that he will start practicing, the Packers have a three-week window to evaluate his progress. He must be activated and placed on the 53-man roster sometime prior to the end of the three-week window in order to play in games.

McCarthy gave no timetable for a potential activation of Quarless, but Monday was chosen specifically for his return date because it’s a practice the Packers will conduct in full pads.

“Him coming back today is by design,” McCarthy said. “Andrew being in pads today will benefit as much as anybody.”

Elsewhere on the injury front, center Corey Linsley (ankle) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) got some work in Sunday but will be evaluated more closely in the full-pads workout.

“Ultimately, they need to be able to put their foot in the ground and explode,” McCarthy said. “They’re making progress.”

Receiver Jared Abbrederis (chest/ribs) also is making progress, but fellow receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) is still not practicing. No update was given on cornerback Damarious Randall (knee).

Click here for more from Packers.com following practice and locker room interviews.


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News now! Turnover ratio needs to flip other way for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 29, 2015 – 11:32 am

150930-nn1-650GREEN BAY — Of all the things that bothered Head Coach Mike McCarthy about the loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night, losing the turnover battle 2-0 probably topped the list.

It wasn’t just the fumble by RB Eddie Lacy and interception by QB Aaron Rodgers on a poor slant route by WR Davante Adams. It was also the defense failing to secure turnovers when it had opportunities. Rookie CB Quinten Rollins had a potential interception in his hands but couldn’t hang on. Also, a deflected pass caromed way up into the air and no one could come down with it, and QB Jay Cutler fumbled a shotgun snap but the Packers couldn’t get the ball from him.

McCarthy’s teams have always emphasized being well on the plus side in turnover ratio, and this year’s team is still on the plus side. McCarthy again rattled off all the different ball drills that are done in practice to heighten that emphasis. But Thursday night’s results, particularly at home, didn’t sit well.

“We’d better take care of the football and we’d better take it away when we have opportunities,” McCarthy said on Sunday. “That’s cut and dried. That’s a staple of how we play here.”

On the injury front, McCarthy said C Corey Linsley (ankle) and CB Damarious Randall (knee) were among those who might try to practice on Sunday, but their status remains uncertain. TE Andrew Quarless, who has been on injured reserve with the designation to return, was not scheduled to practice on Sunday but will “maybe” be activated from IR this week.

The Packers are playing the Lions for the second time in four weeks, and it was a win at Green Bay that began Detroit’s current three-game winning streak after a 1-7 start. McCarthy said the changes the Lions have made on offense, going primarily with a three-WR, one-RB, one-TE personnel group, has led to more production, and he felt Detroit has played solid defense all season, losing some close games early on.

As for his own team, McCarthy said he wasn’t aware of the “players-only meeting” that was reported on the Thanksgiving night TV broadcast, but he said meetings and conversations about the struggles on offense are ongoing, and the first team meeting since Thursday’s loss would be held prior to Sunday’s practice.

“The way we practiced on Tuesday prior to the Thursday night game, I felt very confident about our preparation,” McCarthy said. “When you’re doing the group stuff at a high level and the little things get away from you, everyone of us has to take hard look inside at what the individual is doing, and that will be big part of my message to the team today.”

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Rodgers fastest QB in NFL history to 250 TDs

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 27, 2015 – 12:57 am

– The Packers lost to the Chicago Bears, 17-13, on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is now 7-4 on the season.

– Green Bay rushed for a season-high 177 yards, the team’s highest output since a 179-yard effort on the ground last season in Week 14 vs. Atlanta.

– The Packers will travel to Detroit next Thursday to take on the Lions in a prime-time contest, Green Bay’s fourth straight NFC North game. It will mark the first time Green Bay has played back-to-back Thursday games since Weeks 12-13 in 2007 (at Detroit, at Dallas).


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,488, the 315th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 25-yard TD pass in the first quarter was the 250th of his career. He set an NFL record for the fewest games needed (121) to reach the 250-TD mark, surpassing the previous record held by Dan Marino (128 games).

– RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries (6.2 avg.), giving him back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career.

– Lacy posted a 25-yard TD catch in the first quarter, giving him a TD in all six career games vs. Chicago. He is tied with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (six games vs. Philadelphia) for the longest current TD streak in the league against one opponent to start a career.

– Lacy’s 29-yard run on the opening drive of the game was his longest of the season.

– WR Jeff Janis recorded a 64-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, his second straight game with a kickoff return of 60-plus yards (70-yarder at Minnesota in Week 11). He became the first Packer to post a kickoff return of 60-plus yards in back-to-back games since WR Robert Brooks in 1993 (Oct. 3-Oct. 10).

– WR Randall Cobb posted six receptions for 74 yards (12.3 avg.), giving him a catch in 51 consecutive regular-season games. That moves him past Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and into a tie with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– RB James Starks caught four passes on the evening, giving him a career-high 30 receptions for the season. His previous high was 29 grabs in 2011.

– C JC Tretter started the first game of his NFL career.

– CB Quinten Rollins posted the first sack of his pro career when he brought down QB Jay Cutler for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter.

– P Tim Masthay placed two punts inside the 20-yard line, his career-high fourth straight game with two or more punts inside the 20.

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News now! Rally falls short; Packers lose to Bears, 17-13

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 26, 2015 – 10:50 pm

151126-q4-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Packers’ offensive woes resurfaced in a 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, on a cold and rainy night at Lambeau Field on Thursday.

Aaron Rodgers struggled against dropped passes to throw for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers appeared to have been examined for a left-hand injury in the third quarter, but he didn’t miss a play.

Just inside three minutes to play in the game, the Packers began a drive at their 20-yard line. At the two-minute warning, the Packers had moved to their 49-yard line.

The big play was to follow. Rodgers completed a pass over the middle to Randall Cobb, who completed a catch-and-run, 32-yard gain to the Bears 19-yard line.

On third-and-7, Rodgers threw to Davante Adams for a first down at the 8. Adams had struggled with drops throughout the game.

Rodgers then threw four consecutive incompletions. His third-down pass was in and out of James Jones’ hands.

The Packers fell to 7-4 and out of a first-place tie with the Vikings. The Bears are 5-6.

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News now! Bears cling to 14-13 lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 26, 2015 – 9:53 pm

151126-q3-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers was being examined by the Packers medical team after leaving the field in apparent discomfort following a bad-snap sack in the third quarter. Neither the Packers nor the Bears scored, and the quarter ended with the Bears clinging to a 14-13 lead at Lambeau Field. Rodgers was shown on TV holding his left hand.

The quarter ended with the Bears in possession of the ball at the Packers 31-yard line.

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News now! Bears lead Packers at halftime, 14-13

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 26, 2015 – 9:09 pm

151126-Q2-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Packers K Mason Crosby made a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to pull the Packers within 14-13 of the Bears at intermission on Thanksgiving night at Lambeau Field.

The second quarter nearly started with a Packers miscue. WR Randall Cobb muffed a Bears punt, but he was able to recover it himself on the Green Bay 19-yard line. RB Eddie Lacy was stuffed on third-and-1, however, and the Packers had to give the ball back to Chicago.

The Bears then went three-and-out for the fourth time in five possessions when RB Jeremy Langford dropped a pass on third-and-2 when he was wide open in the middle of the field.

Chicago got the ball right back, though, as Lacy fumbled at the end of a 15-yard run. Bears S Chris Prosinski knocked it out from behind and LB Lamarr Houston recovered at the Green Bay 34. Bears QB Jay Cutler then converted three straight third downs to get the Bears in the end zone. He made Packers CB Damarious Randall whiff on a sack and completed a 10-yard pass to TE Khari Lee, he found WR Marc Mariani for 4 yards on third-and-3, and he hit TE Zach Miller for a 3-yard TD to tie the game at 7 with 6:03 left in the half.

The Packers answered right back. WR Jeff Janis returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards, breaking a handful of tackles along the way, to get the ball to the Chicago 33. RB James Starks then ran twice for 17 yards and caught a 10-yard screen pass to make it first-and-goal on the 6. An offensive pass interference penalty on WR James Jones moved the Packers back, though, and they eventually had to settle for a 22-yard FG by K Mason Crosby for a 10-7 lead with 1:58 to go.

The Bears came right back, too. WR Deonte Thompson returned the kickoff 37 yards to the Chicago 42. A 9-yard pass to WR Alshon Jeffery and a 14-yard run by RB Jeremy Langford got the Bears to the Green Bay 31 with 46 seconds left. An 11-yard pass to Jeffery was followed by a pass to WR Marquess Wilson that was initially ruled a 20-yard TD before being reviewed. Replay showed Wilson down on the 1-yard line, making it first-and-goal with 34 seconds left. RB Jeremy Langford ran it in on the next play to give the Bears their first lead of the night, 14-10.

The Packers responded with a 13-yard pass to TE Richard Rodgers and a 23-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb to get to the Chicago 32-yard line with 8 seconds left. After one incomplete pass, Crosby was good from 50 on the final snap.


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Packers defense setting tone; get ready for halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 26, 2015 – 8:52 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfPaul from De Pere, WI

Rodgers has not adjusted to being Nelsonless. Get the ball out! He is a key to our offense, but he is always looking for the big play. Rodgers’ play must improve.

He can’t catch his own passes.

Andy from Clive, IA

Vic, how is the view? Our defense looks like they are playing with 15 guys. I’m loving it.

The defense is the strength of this team right now.

Tyler from Lincoln, NE

Coach McCarthy went for it on fourth down on the first drive. Was that faith in the offense, faith in the defense or setting a tone for the rest of the game?

It was all of those things and it was bold. I was shocked. The defense bailed out the offense on that one.

Randy from Portage, WI

Would have been very happy to be there at the game. A historic event. But glad to be with family tonight, warm and watching the game. Looks real wet out there.

Imagine being squirted with a hose and then put in the refrigerator. I don’t know how these fans do it.

Randy from Lakewood Ranch, FL

The Packers can’t convert short yardage, missing twice already tonight. Why not?

We talked about this in “Ask Vic” the other day. I blame it on zone-blocking schemes. I don’t think they’re especially good in short yardage. I think you need drive blockers for short yardage.

Caleb from Eau Claire, WI

Happy Thanksgiving, Vic! I’m concerned that a press box dinner won’t be adequate. Can we bring you anything?

Frank Shirley over on Melody Lane?

Eric from Champaign, IL

I’m having deer steaks today.

I’d sure like to be out there in my deer stand.

Matthew from Greenwood, IN

Does Aaron trust his receivers right now?

I don’t think his trust is complete.

Dalton from Dubuque, IA

Vic, what do you really expect from Favre’s ceremony?

Genuine emotion. Get ready for it.

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News now! Eddie Lacy leads Packers to 7-0 lead

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 26, 2015 – 8:17 pm

151126-q1-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Eddie Lacy was the star of the Packers’ running and passing games in the first quarter, and the Packers held a 7-0 lead over the Bears after one quarter of play.

The Bears won the toss and deferred. The Packers received the opening kickoff and began their first possession at their 15-yard line. On the second play, Lacy broke several tackles in a 29-yard run. On fourth-and-2 from the Bears 48, Lacy carried and was stuffed. The Bears began their first drive on their 49.

Green Bay regained possession at its 16-yard line. A couple of Bears penalties helped move the ball across midfield. Eventually, the Packers would face a third-and-11 from the Bears 47. Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams in stride on what might’ve produced a touchdown, but Adams dropped the ball.

The Packers defense pitched another three-and-out and the Packers got the ball back at the Bears 49. Rodgers completed a 13-yard pass to the Bears 33. The Packers scored on a 25-yard pass play to Lacy, who slipped through the line of scrimmage to catch Rodgers’ pass and run untouched to paydirt, 7-0, with 5:20 to play in the first quarter.

Chicago didn’t gain a first down in three possessions, and the Packers were back in business at their 38 with 4:06 to play. The quarter ended with Chicago in possession of the ball at its 41.

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Pregame warmup: It’s going to keep raining

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 26, 2015 – 6:33 pm

GREEN BAY — It began raining in the early afternoon in Green Bay on Thursday, and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to stop.

Tonight’s Thanksgiving game between the Packers and the Bears will be played in the wet and wind, with temperatures in the low 40s and high 30s throughout the game, with winds around 15 mph. A tarp was covering Lambeau Field throughout the afternoon and early evening before pregame warmups.

It’s not quite the monsoon conditions for Halloween night in 1994 at Soldier Field, one of the more memorable games of QB Brett Favre’s career, but the weather will definitely be a factor tonight.

The Packers need a win to remain in first place in the NFC North. They’re currently tied with the Vikings at 7-3. The Bears, who had a two-game win streak snapped last Sunday, are 4-6 and fighting to stay in the playoff hunt. Minnesota plays at Atlanta on Sunday.

First career start: Packers C JC Tretter gets his first career start tonight in place of Corey Linsley, who is out with an ankle injury. Tretter replaced Linsley for the final three quarters of last week’s game at Minnesota for the first extended playing time of his career and played well.

Tretter, a third-year player out of Cornell, has taken a long road to get to this point. A broken ankle suffered during his first OTA practice as a rookie wiped out most of his 2013 season, and then last year, after working all offseason and most of training camp as the starting center, he injured his knee in the third preseason game, which opened the door for Linsley to take over.

Elsewhere on Green Bay’s injury report, rookie CB Damarious Randall is active after being questionable with a hamstring injury, but DB Micah Hyde (hip) is out, which will likely lead to snaps in the dime defense for rookie CB Quinten Rollins and/or S Chris Banjo.

For the Bears, both RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery are active, but TE Martellus Bennett and S Antrel Rolle are not.

Hot team: Regardless of what happens tonight, the Packers will be facing a hot team next Thursday in Detroit. The Lions won their third straight game earlier on Thanksgiving, blowing out the Eagles, 45-14. Detroit’s three-game winning streak began with a victory at Lambeau, 18-16, over the Packers when they were 1-7. They’re now 4-7 and looking a lot more like the team that made the playoffs last year than the one that began this year with so many struggles.

Trying to get even: The Packers-Bears all-time series hasn’t been even since the early 1930s, with the Bears leading by nearly two dozen games before Favre took over as Packers QB in 1992. A win on Thursday would even the all-time series, and if QB Aaron Rodgers is able to get it, he would make it an even 50 total victories against the Bears by Bart Starr, Favre and Rodgers, all of whom are in the house tonight.

For more on the three Packers QBs and their history against the Bears, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”


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