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  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM CST Bye Week Bye Week
  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST Elliott appearance Jayrone Elliott is scheduled to appear at Copps-Green Bay East on Tuesday, November 4th, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 08, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Mayes, Brooks) Derrick Mayes and Robert Brooks are scheduled to appear at the Packers Pro Shop on Saturday, November 8th, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Mayes, Brooks)

    TTZ: Derrick Mayes
    Club Level: Robert Brooks

  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM CST Packers vs. Chicago Bears Packers vs. Chicago Bears
  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST Daniels appearance Mike Daniels is scheduled to appear at Dental Associates in Appleton, Wis., on Tuesday, November 11th from 6-8 p.m.

Pregame warmup: Packers down two starters in secondary

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 26, 2014 – 6:21 pm

NEW ORLEANS — The Packers will be down two starters in their secondary tonight, as S Morgan Burnett and CB Sam Shields are both inactive.

Shields was expected to miss his second straight game with a knee injury. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report. Burnett was questionable but is now out and will not play due to his calf injury.

That means rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will get his second pro start after starting alongside Burnett last week. For a feature story posted earlier this week on Clinton-Dix, click here. The other starting safety will be second-year man Micah Hyde.

CB Davon House will start for Shields for the second straight week, with CB Casey Hayward the likely nickel back. Other reinforcements in the secondary will include S Sean Richardson and CB Jarrett Bush, both of whom have seen defensive action in recent weeks.

In the NFC North: The Packers need to win tonight to keep pace with the Lions atop the division. Detroit came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to beat Atlanta, 22-21, on a last-second field goal in London today. The win improved the Lions’ record to 6-2, with the Packers currently 5-2.

Also earlier today, the Bears lost while the Vikings won, putting both teams at 3-5. The Packers, Lions and Bears all have their bye next week.

New Orleans is just 2-4 so far this season but has a chance to pull within one-half game of first place in the NFC South. Carolina lost to Seattle earlier today to fall to 3-4-1.

Tough streaks: While the Packers come into tonight’s game having won four in a row, the Saints come in having won 13 straight prime-time games at home, dating back to the 2009 NFC title game vs. Minnesota.

The Packers’ last trip to the Superdome came on a Monday night in 2008, won by New Orleans, 51-29. Dating back to that game, the Saints have won 16 of their last 17 night games at home.

For more on those New Orleans streaks and some of the numbers Saints QB Drew Brees has put up in those games, click here.

Homecoming: Packers RB Eddie Lacy is a Louisiana native and will play at the Superdome for the first time since helping Alabama win a national championship against LSU two years ago. New Orleans is about an hour from the new home Lacy had built for his parents to get them out of their post-Hurricane Katrina trailer.

Packers.com’s Vic Ketchman picked Lacy as his player to watch in tonight’s game in the weekly “Final Thoughts” video. To see the preview video, click here.


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Morgan Burnett out; Packers-Saints inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 26, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
37 CB Sam Shields
42 S Morgan Burnett
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
95 DE Datone Jones

On defense, 31 CB Davon House starts for Shields, 21 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix starts for Burnett, and 93 DE Josh Boyd starts for Jones.

New Orleans Saints
13 WR Joseph Morgan
23 RB Pierre Thomas
29 RB Khiry Robinson
33 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
55 C Jonathan Goodwin
58 LB Kyle Knox
88 WR Nick Toon

On offense, 68 C Tim Lelito starts for Goodwin.

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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Saints: Lacy, Hayward and Kuhn

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 26, 2014 – 3:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), CB Casey Hayward (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from New Orleans

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 25, 2014 – 5:36 pm


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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.

For more following locker room interviews, click here.

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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.”

Click here for Packers.com’s full report following locker room interviews.


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Four Packers awarded game balls vs. Carolina

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


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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