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Remembering Steve Sabol

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 18, 2012 – 5:04 pm

Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, has died at the age of 69. He had been battling brain cancer for the past 18 months.

NFL.com has both a story and video tribute to Sabol. To see them, click here.


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Jennings back at practice

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 18, 2012 – 4:50 pm

WR Greg Jennings, who missed last Thursday’s game with a groin injury, was back at practice on Tuesday in the portion of the workout open to the media. The Packers practiced in pads.

DE C.J. Wilson (groin) and RB James Starks (turf toe) also were practicing. The team periods (11-on-11), however, were not open to reporters so how much Jennings, Wilson and Starks participated in those isn’t known.

LBs Terrell Manning (concussion) and Jamari Lattimore (ankle) were not practicing on Tuesday.

The players will get Wednesday off and then begin their usual three-day practice regimen to prepare for the next game on Thursday. The first official injury report of the week will be released then.


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Jones not upset with Rodgers

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 18, 2012 – 2:30 pm

WR James Jones said on Tuesday that the sideline scolding he received from QB Aaron Rodgers against the Bears last Thursday was not a problem between the two. After Rodgers threw an interception in the fourth quarter on a pass intended for Jones, TV cameras showed Rodgers visibly upset with Jones for turning one way on his route when Rodgers expected him to turn the other.

“Me and A-Rod are way closer than that to let something like that come in between us,” Jones said. “We’re out there trying to win the ballgame. It was my fault. I gave him mixed signals. We’re all emotional out there.

“I’m not mad at him. We’re trying to win. Get on me. I messed up.”

Jones chalked it up to a family squabble, heightened by the frustration many were feeling for the offense’s struggles through the first two weeks. He said Rodgers later apologized to him for calling him out in front of everyone like that, but he told Rodgers there was no need to do so.

“I messed up. Frustration happens,” Jones said. “It’s all good, no love lost. We’re teammates, we’re family in here. We’re all trying to win.”

Jones added that questioning Rodgers’ leadership abilities in the wake of the incident was “ridiculous.”

“He’s a natural-born leader, not just by what he says but how he carries himself, how he plays the game, how he handles certain situations,” Jones said. “Everybody in this locker room looks up to him as a leader. Everybody in this locker room believes in him.”


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