The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
59 LB Brad Jones
72 C Garth Gerhart
The Packers have just six inactive players because the current roster is at 52 players.
57 LB Jamari Lattimore will start in place of Jones.
27 CB Sherrick McManis
50 LB Shea McClellin
63 C/G Roberto Garza
68 G Matt Slauson
69 DE Jared Allen
72 T Charles Leno, Jr.
90 DT Jeremiah Ratliff
On defense, 93 DT Will Sutton starts for Ratliff, 97 DE Willie Young starts for Allen and 57 LB Jonathan Bostic starts for McClellin. On offense, 70 G Michael Ola starts for Slauson and 64 C Brian de la Puente starts for Garza.
Also, FB 43 Tony Fiammetta was cut by the Bears this week. His roster spot was taken by LB Darryl Sharpton, who is active for today’s game
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).
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GREEN BAY–Clay Matthews was listed as probable on Friday to play in Sunday’s game in Chicago.
“So far so good. The medical review today was good,” Coach Mike McCarthy said of his star linebacker. Matthews had been limited through practice this week with a groin injury he sustained in the second half of last Sunday’s game in Detroit.
Also probable are Davon House (knee), Bryan Bulaga (knee) and Nick Perry (wrist). Questionable are Jarrett Boykin (knee and groin) and Brad Jones (quad).
“We have to get first downs and create opportunities for all of the guys,” McCarthy said of his offense’s task on Sunday, following a 19-7 loss to the Lions in which the Packers were shut out in the second half. “We’re focused on improving as a team and I thought our guys did a good job of it yesterday (in practice).”
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GREEN BAY — Most of the time in Mike McCarthy’s tenure, the Packers have traveled to play the Bears in Chicago late in the season in the cold, crummy weather.
This year it’ll be different, with the first meeting in Chicago in September (as it was in 2010) and the second meeting back in Green Bay. That’ll be in early November this year, so there may not be a true cold-weather Packers-Bears game in 2014.
“I’ve always looked at the Chicago series as we get to play one in decent weather and one in bad weather,” McCarthy said after practice on Thursday. “They’re usually two totally different type of games. With the old (Chicago coaching staff), there were some distinct tendencies how they played you in the fall and how they played you in the winter. I think that will be the case again this year.”
There were no changes to the Packers’ injury report from Wednesday. LBs Clay Matthews (groin), Brad Jones (quad) and Nick Perry (wrist) were all limited participants. Everybody else was full.
“Clay took his individual reps,” McCarthy said. “He’s moving good.”
McCarthy still wasn’t certain whether Matthews would be available to play on Sunday, though.
“I don’t have a bead on it yet,” he said.
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GREEN BAY — One thing that hasn’t changed for the Chicago Bears under second-year head coach Marc Trestman is the defense’s ability to generate turnovers.
Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller has three interceptions already, playing full-time now in place of the injured Charles Tillman, and the Bears also started last Monday night’s game with an interception returned for a TD by safety Ryan Mundy.
“Since I’ve been here we’ve talked about their ability to take away the football,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. “That’s definitely part of their operation down there. The rookie Fuller looks like he’s been there for five years. It’s a group that’s always excelled at it, as far as punching it out, and that will be a focus for us.”
The Packers defense appears to be getting healthier, as LB Clay Matthews (groin) and CB Davon House (knee) both practiced on Wednesday. Matthews was a limited participant and House was full. LB Brad Jones (quad) also returned to practice for the first time since Week 1 and was limited. LB Nick Perry (wrist) was added to the injury report as a limited participant.
McCarthy said he only watched Matthews during individual drills and didn’t have a feel for where he is.
“Clay is always going to do everything he can,” McCarthy said. “We’ll just take it day by day.”
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What’s going on with the offense? What will it take to win the NFC North? Read Mike’s chat transcriptPosted by on September 23, 2014 – 12:37 pm
Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat on Tuesday. If you missed it, here’s the transcript:
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Would you rather go zip lining through the trees from hundreds of feet up or climb to the top of a bluff to see the fall colors?
Tim Masthay #8 – Climb to the top of a bluff to see the fall colors and sit there in peace.
Jordy Nelson #87 – Zip lining. I did it up in Minocqua. They just opened one up there.
B.J. Raji #90 – Climb to the top of a bluff.
Aaron Rodgers #12 – Neither. I’m scared of heights.
Sam Shields #37 – Zip lining.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21- Zip lining. I’d rather be attached to something than not be and fall off a cliff.
When fall in Wisconsin turns the landscape from vibrant green to a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges and yellows, it’s time to grab the camera or smart phone and start hiking. Here are a few prime locations – from the tops of bluffs to remote lakeshores – that are well worth the hike or climb. The reward at the end is a stunning view and a great photo to remember it.
- Interstate Park: The Grandfather of Wisconsin Parks
- Timm’s Hill: Where Hill Is an Understatement
- Door County Coastal Highway: The Long and Winding Road
- Rib Mountain: Pre-Ski Views
- Parnell Observation Tower: A Real Vantage Point
- Perrot State Park: Tall Bluffs Meet Fall Vistas
- Holy Hill Basilica: A View That’s Just Divine
- Devil’s Lake State Park: Hanging Cliffside
- Geneva Lake Shore Path: A Path with Million Dollar Views
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GREEN BAY — Three games in, the Packers are still looking to put it all together.
“We haven’ t put together a full game as far as offense, defense and special teams playing in winning fashion,” McCarthy said on Monday, a day after the 19-7 loss in Detroit. “That’s what we have to get to. We’re going into Week 4.”
The best stretch the Packers have had this season was the final 2 1/2 quarters of the Jets game in Week 2, but the slow start in the first quarter and a half almost cost them that win.
In Detroit, the offense put together one TD drive in the first quarter but didn’t score again. The defense played solidly for nearly three full quarters but got worn down.
“The last two series is where Detroit was able to bleed us too many yards at the end of the play,” McCarthy said. “That was the focus of correction today with the defense.”
McCarthy did not have any medical updates on Monday. LB Clay Matthews (groin) and CB Davon House (knee) were the injuries reported from Sunday’s game.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has lent his support to the “Gold in September” campaign. The mission of “Gold in September,” a month in which people are encouraged to wear gold, is to raise awareness and inspire action for childhood cancer initiatives. Gold is the official color for pediatric cancer awareness month, September.
The campaign was started by Annie Bartosz, an 11-year-old from Hartland whose twin brother Jack lost his fight with cancer two years ago. Rodgers had become close with Jack after meeting through the MACC Fund, a Midwest-based charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
Rodgers surprised Bartosz by dropping in prior to a video interview she was about to shoot. The two went door to door near Bartosz’s home to explain “Gold in September” to neighbors.
Video courtesy of itsAaron.com
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