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  • Fri., Aug. 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers vs. Oakland Raiders (Gold Pkg.) (Midwest Shrine Game) Packers vs. Oakland Raiders (Gold Pkg.) (Midwest Shrine Game)
  • Fri., Aug. 22, 2014 10:15 PM - 10:45 PM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium following the Packers' preseason game against the Raiders.
  • Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM CDT Green Bay Packers Training Camp Blood Drive Green Bay Packers Training Camp Blood Drive
  • Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Tue., Aug. 26, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Chris Jacke appearance Chris Jacke is scheduled to appear at the grand opening of Bellin Health Home Care Equipment on Tuesday, August 26, from 6-8 p.m., at 508 S. Military Ave., in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

News now! Colt Lyerla waived injured; IR would be opportunity

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 20, 2014 – 11:47 am

140820-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said undrafted free agent tight end Colt Lyerla has been waived, and McCarthy’s comments at Wednesday’s press conference would suggest Lyerla would be assigned to the team’s injured reserve list if he clears waivers.

“I know Colt was waived injured. That’s his status right now. You have to take it as an opportunity to improve yourself,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.

Lyerla sustained a knee injury while attempting to hurdle a defender during the Packers’ “Family Night” practice. He hasn’t practiced since.

The Packers signed Lyerla following last spring’s draft. He was a top prospect at Oregon until off-the-field difficulties derailed his college career.

“What he’s been through in the past, it’s a learning process. I feel like we have him on a good path,” McCarthy said.

Because the Packers waived Lyerla instead of assigning him directly to injured reserve, he wouldn’t count against the Packers’ 90-man roster should he clear waivers and then be assigned to IR.


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Former Packers safety Nick Collins announces retirement

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 20, 2014 – 9:55 am

Nick CollinsFormer Packers safety Nick Collins announced his retirement on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.

Collins, a second-round draft pick in 2005 and three-time Pro Bowler (2008-10) suffered what turned out to be a career-ending neck injury while making a tackle of Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart in Carolina in Week 2 of the 2011 season.

He was placed on injured reserve and released at the end of the season. He was never signed by another team.

Collins returned to Lambeau Field last season for the NFC Wild Card playoff game against San Francisco and was introduced to a loud ovation from the home fans.

He tied a single-season team record in 2008 with three interception returns for touchdowns, and he’ll be best remembered for his interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, a key play in the 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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News now! Game 3 is still the best of the preseason

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 19, 2014 – 2:36 pm

140819-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–In terms of the preseason, Friday’s game against the visiting Raiders is as good as it gets.

“I don’t think it lines up like it used to, like it’s a full-blown game situation, but I think it’s the most important game still because you have to cut to 75. This will be the longest the starters play,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said following Tuesday’s practice.

“I look at play style and get the whole team to play the right way. Then you look at communication, obviously production. Special teams is always a little more challenging. I just want to see us make progress and ultimately win the game,” McCarthy said of his goals for Game 3 of the preseason.

The league is expected to increase the size of practice squads from eight to 10 players, which would help soften the blow of the final roster reduction.

“I think it’s awesome. They can give us as many as they want. I’ll be thrilled if it goes to 63,” McCarthy said.

Packers.com has provided a full practice report following locker room interviews.


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News now! Julius Peppers pops in Tuesday’s practice

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 19, 2014 – 1:16 pm

140819-news-now-tc-300GREEN BAY–In what might’ve been a farewell performance of the ever-popular training camp half-line drill, Julius Peppers punctuated the moment with one of the most resonant thumps of the summer. For good measure, he did it again.

Peppers’ pop earned a smack on the back of his helmet from his position coach, Winston Moss. Peppers’ for-good-measure encore had Moss hopping with excitement.

Was this moment in Tuesday’s practice a preview of what lies ahead in the regular season? The answer is dead ahead.

As training camp practices continue to pass and the Packers’ Sept. 4 opener in Seattle nears, Tuesday’s practice was likely one of the more physical that remain between now and “Kickoff.” The Packers won’t practice on Wednesday and will work lightly on Thursday, leading up to Friday’s Game 3 of the preseason, against visiting Oakland. Next week’s practice schedule will be even more abbreviated, as the Packers close the preseason on Thursday and then turn their attention to the Seahawks.

Other than for Peppers’ resonant thumps, the most noticeable fact of Tuesday’s practice was an emphasis on the tight end position. Richard Rodgers and Jake Stoneburner made big-play type catches.

Packers.com will provide a report from Coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice press conference.

 


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News now! Penalties not alarming to Ted Thompson

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 19, 2014 – 11:01 am

140819-news-now-thompson-300GREEN BAY–Packers General Manager Ted Thompson is not alarmed by the league’s new major point of emphasis and the avalanche of penalties it’s produced in this preseason.

“It’s just the way it is. The league has deemed it appropriate to cut back on some of the contact on the outside. Pay attention to it and call it pretty strict. Players will adjust to it over a period time, just as players always do,” Thompson said at his weekly training camp press conference on Tuesday.

“We’ve got an important two weeks right in front of us,” he said, referring to the Packers’ final two preseason games, against the Raiders and Chiefs. The Packers open the regular season in Seattle, which means the Packers will be facing three consecutive teams whose personnel director formerly worked under Thompson.

“We play Reggie McKenzie’s team, John Dorsey’s team and John Schneider’s team. I’m looking forward to seeing those guys,” Thompson said.

Thompson spent last Saturday’s preseason game in St. Louis on the Packers sideline.

“You can see the glassiness of the eyes. I can see things that are important to me in terms of character and mental toughness. There are little tidbits I’m able to pick up on,” Thompson said.

 

 


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News now! Brandon Bostick back in a ‘couple of weeks’

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 18, 2014 – 1:57 pm

140818-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Coach Mike McCarthy delivered good news at his post-practice press conference on Monday. Tight end Brandon Bostick’s lower leg injury is not season ending.

“He’s going to be a couple of weeks,” McCarthy said, adding that surgery is not necessary.

McCarthy defended the play of tackle Derek Sherrod.

“We have two more weeks to get ready. Derek Sherrod did a lot of good things. He had a couple of plays he’d like to have back. We’re progressing nicely there,” McCarthy said.

The Packers are in Week 3 of the preseason, which is traditionally a game in which starters play the longest and teams game plan as they would in a regular-season week.

“I don’t think it’s as big an emphasis for us this year because of how early we went to an in-season schedule,” McCarthy said.

The Packers head coach said Monday’s practice “was our best tempo of the year.”

Rookie Jayrone Elliott registered three sacks in Saturday’s game in St. Louis.

“Young man that’s taken advantage of every opportunity he’s been given,” McCarthy said.

Packers.com has provided a full practice report following locker room interviews.


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News now! Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepts two passes in Monday practice

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 18, 2014 – 1:17 pm

140818-news-now-tc-300GREEN BAY–For the first time in this training camp, the Packers moved inside to avoid rainy weather. Then, the air inside the Don Hutson Center rained pass completions, as the Packers offense picked up where it left off on Saturday in St. Louis.

First-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted a Chase Rettig overthrow early in practice and later an Aaron Rodgers short pass that was twice deflected. Otherwise, Packers quarterbacks had their way throwing the football through the halfway point of Monday’s practice.

Tight end Brandon Bostick, who sustained a lower leg injury in Saturday’s game, did not practice.

The Packers are scheduled to practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday and Thursday, and both practices are to be open to the public.

Packers.com will provide a “News now!” report from Coach Mike McCarthy’s Monday post-practice press conference.

 

 


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Monday’s practice closed to the public due to rain

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 18, 2014 – 10:41 am

Due to the weather, the Packers are moving Monday’s practice indoors. Players will not ride bikes. The next practice scheduled to be open to the public, weather permitting, is Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 11:45 a.m. CT.


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News now! No. 1 offense impressive in Packers win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 16, 2014 – 6:05 pm

Packers WR Jeff JanisST. LOUIS–Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 offense were at peak performance in two possessions that were halted only by a penalty that nullified what would’ve been the Packers’ second touchdown in as many drives. The Packers settled for a 10-0 lead en route to a 21-7 victory over the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday afternoon.

Rodgers completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown — an apparent touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was nullified. Randall Cobb caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Eddie Lacy rushed five times for 25 yards. With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers marched 86 and 80 yards, each in 12 plays.

Scott Tolzien replaced Rodgers in the second quarter and completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards over the next two quarters. He pitched an apparent touchdown pass to Myles White that would’ve capped an 86-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, but the touchdown was nullified by a hands-to-the-face penalty against rookie lineman Corey Linsley.

Matt Flynn took a step toward securing the backup quarterback job by throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis on the Packers’ final possession of the third quarter.

Mason Crosby added a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Packers, 1-1, host the Raiders next Friday in game three of the preseason.

 


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Tolzien gets long look; Flynn completes TD pass to Janis

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 16, 2014 – 5:18 pm

Packers QB Scott Tolzien

ST. LOUIS–Scott Tolzien got a long look into the third quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams, but Matt Flynn came off the bench late in the quarter to complete a touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis that left the Packers leading, 18-7, at the end of the quarter.

Tolzien’s first pass of the half went for 18 yards to Kevin Dorsey. Two plays later, DuJuan Harris burst through a hole in the middle of the line, but just as Harris was breaking into the clear he fumbled the ball and the Rams recovered.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix killed the Rams’ next possession with a third-down sack. The Packers took over and on third down Dorsey dropped a perfectly thrown bomb by Tolzien, but a defensive holding penalty gave Tolzien and the offense a first down at the Packers 25.

A Tolzien strike to Davante Adams gained 14 yards to the 40. Tolzien followed that play with a screen pass to Michael Hill that gained 27 yards to the Rams 22. Tolzien then pitched a 9-yard strike to Andrew Quarless, and Hill ran nine yards for a first-and-goal at the Rams 5-yard line.

An apparent touchdown pass from Tolzien to Myles White was nullified by a hands-to-the-face penalty against Corey Linsley. Eventually from the 19, Tolzien found Adams for 14 yards to the 5-yard line. Coach Mike McCarthy, possibly testing Tolzien, nixed a field goal attempt and Quarless was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-down pass.

Flynn replaced Tolzien at quarterback for the Packers’ final possession of the third quarter. The drive began at the Rams 43. On third-and-one, Flynn found Janis over the middle for an easy, 34-yard, catch-and-run touchdown. Flynn threw to rookie Davante Adams for the 2-point conversion.


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