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  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Jared Abbrederis appearance Jared Abbrederis is scheduled to appear at the Kaukauna Raiders Youth Football Banquet on Tuesday, October 28, from 7-9 p.m., at Van Abel’s Supper Club in Kaukauna, Wis.
  • Wed., Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Schroeder appearance Bill Schroeder is scheduled to appear at the Bellin Health-Wrightstown Clinic in Wrightstown, Wis., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Rolle appearance Jumal Rolle is scheduled to appear at the Bellin Health Cardiac Combine at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m.-noon.
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News now! Burnett questionable, Shields doubtful, Jones out on defense

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 24, 2014 – 11:46 am

141024-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers are listing safety Morgan Burnett (calf) as questionable, cornerback Sam Shields (knee) as doubtful and defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) as out for Sunday night’s game in New Orleans.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that Burnett’s availability will likely come down to what he’s able to do during Saturday’s practice before the team boards its flight south.

“Just get out there and move around better,” McCarthy said of what he’d like to see. “Morgan was in here bright and early going through treatments and he’s going through the Friday routine defensively with the walk-throughs and classroom. He’s making progress.”

If Burnett can’t play, rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde would likely take the bulk of the snaps at safety, while Sean Richardson could work more into the rotation as well. Richardson was in on a couple of short-yardage snaps against Carolina last week.

“He deserves an opportunity,” said McCarthy, who recently tabbed Richardson the team’s MVP on special teams so far this season. “That’s what you’re looking for, players to keep battling and take advantage of the plays they are in.”

Up front, Jones will miss his third straight game due to his bum ankle. He practiced in pads on Thursday on a limited basis.

“He went for it yesterday, and I appreciate him being out there pushing through it,” McCarthy said. “But watching the individual work with Mike Trgovac, our defensive line coach, you can clearly see he’s not ready. He’s not going to make it.”

Shields will likely miss his second straight game. The Packers have a bye after playing the Saints.

On offense, running back James Starks (ankle) is probable after returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday.

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News now! Concern for Burnett injury heightened

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 23, 2014 – 1:52 pm

141023-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Mike McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett is enjoying the best year of his career.

“Morgan has been healthy. He’s having a better year this year than he had last year,” McCarthy said following Thursday’s practice.

The possibility exists, however, that Burnett might not play against the Saints on Sunday. Burnett did not participate in Thursday’s practice due to a calf injury.

“Yeah, my concern for Morgan is higher today than it was yesterday,” McCarthy said. “We feel very good about our depth. Everybody is looking for an opportunity. I think Ha Ha is ready to play a complete game.”

Cornerback Sam Shields (knee) also didn’t participate in practice. Running back James Starks and defensive end Datone Jones, each with ankle injuries, were limited participants.

Click here for today’s Packers.com feature story, on WR Randall Cobb.


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Ron Wolf named finalist for Hall of Fame induction

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 23, 2014 – 10:05 am

Ron WolfFormer Packers GM Ron Wolf has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 in the new “contributor” category. Bill Polian is also a finalist in the category.

The Hall of Fame changed its selection process in creating the contributor category. The finalists will be treated similar to the annual senior nominee(s), voted on separately from the other 15 modern-era finalists. Contributor and senior nominees will need 80 percent of the vote from the full selection committee for induction, but their potential election will not count against the maximum number of five modern-era inductees.

Wolf was the architect who returned the Packers to prominence, and he’s noted mostly for three key moves — hiring Mike Holmgren as head coach, trading for Brett Favre to be QB and signing DE Reggie White in free agency. Holmgren and Favre arrived in 1992, White in ’93. By 1995, the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship game, and in 1996 they won the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 29 years.

“What an honor!,” Wolf said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. “I’m overwhelmed. I realize that none of this would be possible without an awful lot of support from a lot of other people. So, for me, this is more an organizational thing than just one individual.”

The selection committee will vote and announce the Class of 2015 on Jan. 31, one day before the Super Bowl. Mick Tingelhoff is a senior nominee this year, while the 15 modern-era finalists have not yet been announced.


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News now! McCarthy: ‘We’ve got a big one in front of us’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 22, 2014 – 2:13 pm

141022-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy continued to deliver a message on Wednesday that he began to articulate on Monday.

“We’re strapping it up,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got a big one in front of us.”

The Packers are trying to get to 6-2 at their bye week against a 2-4 Saints team that is tough at home, and even tougher in prime time at the Superdome.

“When we watch the video, it’s not a 2-4 football team,” McCarthy said. “Playing in that dome, it’s the loudest or one of the loudest environments we’ll play in.”

McCarthy said the energy of Wednesday’s practice was the best it’s been so far, though the defense was missing three starters in S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle) and CB Sam Shields (knee). On offense, RB James Starks (ankle) also missed practice.

McCarthy had just finished watching Burnett, Jones and Starks go through their rehab workouts at the end of practice, but there’s no telling yet whether they’ll be available to play on Sunday.

“All three look like they’re moving pretty good,” he said. “We’ll see how they come out. I don’t have high concern, but all three of them are working through those injuries. I don’t have a read for you yet.”

Shields also had a rehab workout, but McCarthy hadn’t see a report on it yet. He added that the bye week coming up would not influence the decision on whether or not to play any of the injured players. Jones has missed two straight games and Shields missed last week’s.

“I don’t keep players out for games,” he said. “If a player can play, he plays. Sam is going through medical situation and if he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”

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Four Packers awarded game balls vs. Carolina

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 22, 2014 – 10:36 am

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GREEN BAY — Four Packers players were awarded game balls by the coaching staff for their performances in Green Bay’s 38-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

On offense, the game balls went to offensive tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari. Their blocking on the edges contributed to RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks averaging better than five yards per carry each, while QB Aaron Rodgers posted a lofty 154.5 passer rating.

On defense, a game ball went to CB Casey Hayward, who intercepted a pass for the second straight game. Hayward now has eight interceptions in his career.

On special teams, a game ball went to veteran Jarrett Bush, who played 26 snaps on special teams alone and posted a season-high three coverage tackles.


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What will it take to win in New Orleans? Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 21, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat with readers, looking ahead to this weekend’s trip to New Orleans. If you missed it, you can read the transcript here:

If you’re having trouble reading the transcript, click here.

 


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2015 Pro Bowl voting underway

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 21, 2014 – 12:26 pm

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Online voting for the 2015 Pro Bowl is already underway. Fans can begin voting to select players for the game on Packers.com. Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 15. The Pro Bowl players will be announced Tuesday, December 23 live on NFL Network.

Players will later be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft during the week leading up to the game, which will also air on NFL Network.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2014 and televised live on ESPN at 7 PM CT from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX.

To fill out a ballot, click here.

Pro Bowlers in the McCarthy era
2006: WR Donald Driver, DE Aaron Kampman

2007: T Chad Clifton, WR Donald Driver, *QB Brett Favre, CB Al Harris, DE Aaron Kampman

2008: S Nick Collins, CB Al Harris, *CB Charles Woodson

2009: S Nick Collins, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers, *CB Charles Woodson

2010: *T Chad Clifton, *S Nick Collins, *WR Donald Driver, *LB A.J. Hawk, *WR Greg Jennings, *LB Clay Matthews, *CB Tramon Williams, *CB Charles Woodson

2011: WR Greg Jennings, *FB John Kuhn, LB Clay Matthews, NT B.J. Raji, QB Aaron Rodgers, C Scott Wells, CB Charles Woodson

2012: *LB Clay Matthews, *QB Aaron Rodgers, C Jeff Saturday, G Josh Sitton

2013 — RB Eddie Lacy

*—selected, but did not play
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Wisconsin Favorites: Packers talk bye week

Posted by Paige Curtis on October 21, 2014 – 11:24 am

 

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141016-week-7-bye-week-photo-1Fill in the blank: My ideal bye week would be spent in Wisconsin doing _________.

No. 84 Jared Abbrederis – Hunting. Should be a good time for deer hunting around the bye week.

No. 42 Morgan Burnett – Hanging out with my 5 year-old son.

No. 10 Matt Flynn – Hunting.

No. 33 Micah Hyde – Eating some cheese curds. I love those things. Those things are great.

No. 8 Tim Masthay – I would spend a few days in Door County doing all the touristy things. I would also go golfing and spend a few days in Milwaukee.

No. 12 Aaron Rodgers – Golf at Whistling Straits, The Bull, the River Course, and a round at Green Bay Country Club. And maybe head up to Door County and get a round in at Horseshoe Bay.

No. 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – I’d go fishing.

141016-week-7-bye-week-photo-2Wisconsin offers four seasons of exploring, adventuring, and enjoying all there is to do in Wisconsin. Who knew Wisconsin was a premier destination for lighthouses, waterfalls, caves, world class fishing, re-living (and making) history, professional sports, and the arts at their finest? Each season has something special to offer, but there’s something very magical about witnessing fall in Wisconsin and viewing Mother Nature’s spectacular colors. Wisconsin’s true colors shine September through October. Leaves start to change in Northern Wisconsin first, traditionally mid-September through early October. Earlier fall destinations include scenic Door County, Eagle River, Hayward, and Bayfield. As colors make their way down the rest of the state, it’s truly a sight to see from the Great River Road National Scenic Byway to the beauty of the Wisconsin Dells. Fall festivals celebrate everything from red cranberries to amber ales.

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News now! Packers heading into ‘hot box’ in New Orleans

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 20, 2014 – 4:31 pm

141020-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — The Packers will take a 5-2 record into New Orleans next Sunday night for their final game before the bye week, and from the sounds of it Monday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy won’t be letting his team bask in its current four-game winning streak.

“I’d like to think our whole team understands we’re getting ready to go into a hot box down there in New Orleans,” McCarthy said in his Monday press conference. “A big-time environment, a big-time game. These are the games you like to play. Everybody wants to get this one and get to 6-2.”

The game will be in prime time in the noisy Superdome against the 2-4 Saints, who have yet to win on the road this season but who have been incredibly tough over the last several years at home.

New Orleans could be desperate for a victory, though they’re only one win behind NFC South leader Carolina (3-3-1), so they’re far from out of the playoff race. McCarthy said his team this week won’t be focused on any of that, just what they see in their film study.

“I don’t ever put the opposing team’s record up,” McCarthy said, referring to preparation meetings. “They’ve had some tough losses. The one at Detroit yesterday was a tough loss. They were leading most of the game. But we stay in tune with what we see on the video. That’s what we get ourselves ready to get lined up to.”

Click here for Packers.com’s full report from McCarthy’s press conference.


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Packers take 2014 team photo

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on October 20, 2014 – 3:57 pm

GREEN BAY — After rolling to a 38-17 win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Packers returned to Lambeau Field on Monday afternoon to take their 2014 team photo. The players and coaches had plenty to smile about, as Sunday marked the Packers’ fourth consecutive victory and 10th straight win in the month of October.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Packers’ team photo day by viewing this photo gallery and exclusive video.


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