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  • Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Linsley, Bush, Barrington appearance Packers Corey Linsley, Jarrett Bush and Sam Barrington are scheduled to appear at the Big Red Kettle at Bay Park Square Mall on behalf of the Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign.
  • Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST American Red Cross "Celebrity Bartender" Players tentatively scheduled to attend: Davante Adams, Brandon Bostick, Letroy Guion, Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers
  • Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Harris) Don Beebe and Bernardo Harris are scheduled to appear at the Packers Pro Shop on Saturday, Novemeber 29th, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 11:25 AM - 3:25 PM CST Toys for Tots Collection The U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution to needy children in the area.  Cash donations will be accepted as well.  The collection will take place in the parking lot and at each of Lambeau Field’s gates.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Harris)

    TTZ: Don Beebe
    Club Level: Bernardo Harris

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 3:25 PM - 6:30 PM CST Packers vs. New England Patriots Packers vs. New England Patriots

News now! Both starting guards miss practice

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 5, 2014 – 2:03 pm

141105-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Coming out of their bye week, the Packers are getting healthier at a number of positions, but one area in question is the offensive line.

Starting guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe) both missed practice on Wednesday, and their availability for Sunday’s game against Chicago is in doubt.

Lang got hurt early in the New Orleans game on Oct. 26. Sitton injured his big toe in that same game but played through it and finished, something Head Coach Mike McCarthy complimented him on given the severity of the injury.

“He’s making progress,” McCarthy said. “We’ll see what he can do in practice tomorrow.

“You take your hat off to him for finishing the game. The fact he played through that is very impressive.”

McCarthy preferred not to get into the specifics of who might replace Lang or Sitton if either or both can’t play on Sunday. The Packers’ backup options at guard include Lane Taylor, who filled in for Lang against the Saints, plus Garth Gerhart and the recently activated JC Tretter.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Packers are in good shape. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and McCarthy said he looked good. Also, safety Morgan Burnett (calf), cornerback Sam Shields (knee) and defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) were all full participants. The three defensive starters  missed a combined six games before the bye — Burnett one, Shields two and Jones three.

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

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What to expect from the Bears on Sunday? Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 4, 2014 – 12:27 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat on Tuesday, looking ahead to the second half of the 2014 season. If you missed it, you can read the transcript here:

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Wisconsin Favorites: Packers on Wisconsin cities

Posted by Paige Curtis on November 4, 2014 – 11:17 am


141029-WI-Favorites-Week-9-Marcus-Center-for-the-Performing-ArtsIf you could move to any city in Wisconsin, what would it be and why?

No. 18 Randall Cobb – Door County to be on the lake, or Milwaukee to have a city life.

No. 30 John Kuhn – Green Bay, live here now and love the people here. It’s a great place to live, people are respectful and nice and it’s a great place to have a family.

No. 70 T.J. Lang – Lake Geneva. The summer is nice down there. I like the outdoors and being on the Lake.

No. 44 James Starks – Appleton, it’s a lot of fun on the weekends.

No. 11 Jarrett Boykin – Stay in Green Bay, I feel like this is everything you need.

No. 81 Andrew Quarless- Milwaukee, because it’s the biggest city in Wisconsin.

No. 52 Clay Matthews – A more metropolitan city, like Milwaukee or Madison. The options for restaurants and things to do are greater.

No. 50 A.J. Hawk – La Crosse, it’s really awesome there with the Mississippi River flowing through.

No. 96 Mike Neal – Madison to go to a place in Wisconsin I’ve never been before and it’s more of a city.

141029-WI-Favorites-Week-9-Ice-Boats-MadisonFrom the Great Lakes to the Mighty Mississippi and the land in between, Wisconsin is home to a vast landscape of beauty that includes woods, waters, prairies and cityscapes. In Wisconsin you’ll find small towns and back roads filled with charming hidden gems and deep history connected to nature. Our resort communities, like Lake Geneva, offer a relaxing oasis while our urban cities pulse with excitement and take fun to the next level. Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the area and began building summer homes there. Today the elegant estates still surround the lake. Tour the historic Black Point Mansion, view the mansions aboard any of the scheduled cruises or walk the famous 21-mile Shore Path surrounding the lake. The Lake Geneva area is filled with world-class golf resorts, spectacular spas, charming B&Bs, boutique shopping, fine dining experiences, and historical sites making the area an ideal getaway destination.


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News now! McCarthy says this is where he wants to be

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 3, 2014 – 4:34 pm

141103-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Mike McCarthy welcomed a contract extension on Monday that’ll further entrench his place in Packers lore.

“I’m very thankful for the extension. This is where we want to be. This is the greatest organization in professional sports, in our view,” McCarthy said at his press conference on Monday.

On the verge of tying Vince Lombardi for coaching wins as Packers coach, McCarthy was asked how much longer he might want to coach.

“I’m a young guy. I’m not thinking about the end, that’s for sure. This is a great place. I’m very blessed, fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here. That’s all I’m really thinking about. In fact, I’m a little uncomfortable talking about it at this time of the year,” McCarthy said, his team beginning its preparation for Sunday’s game against the rival Chicago Bears.

How is McCarthy different from the rookie coach he was in 2006?

“I’m older. I’m definitely more experienced. You have a lot more to learn than you want to admit. I go back to the first year, 1-4 and 4-8; those are tough moments for a first-year coach. I look at some of the tough times here and I think that’s when Ted (Thompson) is at his best,’” McCarthy said. Thompson hired McCarthy and the two have made for one of the best GM/coach relationships in the game.

“You go back to the starting point. There’s a vision, there’s a plan, there’s a work ethic. What’s the best attribute of Ted Thompson? I would say it’s his consistency. We look at football in a lot of the same ways. I think it’s a hell of a relationship,” McCarthy added.

On the injury front, McCarthy offered encouraging words.

“T.J. (Lang) was in a rehab mode today. Aaron (Rodgers) did everything. Sam (Shields) looked good. Morgan (Burnett) pretty much did everything,” McCarthy said.

Read the official press release on McCarthy here.

Additional coverage, Nov. 3:

Datone Jones hopeful of return this week

Packers activate Tretter, release Sherrod

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Philadelphia game moved to 3:25 p.m. CT

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 2, 2014 – 5:10 pm

141102-eagles-300The Packers-Eagles game on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Lambeau Field will kick off at 3:25 p.m. CT. The game had originally been scheduled for noon.

The game will be televised by FOX.

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Former Packers punter Don Bracken dies

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 30, 2014 – 2:04 pm

GREEN BAY — Former Packers punter Don Bracken, who held the job with Green Bay from 1985 to 1990, has died at the age of 52.

Bracken died on Wednesday in Billings, Mont., according to media reports.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 1985, Bracken punted 368 times for the Packers, second-most in team history behind only David Beverly (495 from 1975-80). Bracken averaged 39.7 yards per punt in his Packers career. He also played two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.

Bracken once punted 85 times in one season (1988), tied for the third-highest total by a Packers punter. The year before, he had 10 punts in a game against the L.A. Raiders, one off the franchise’s single-game mark.

Bracken played collegiately at the University of Michigan and had a record 73-yard punt in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington in 1981.

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The midseason report: Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 28, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly chat on Tuesday, reviewing the state of the team at the bye week following the loss in New Orleans. If you missed it, you can read the transcript right here:

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Wisconsin Favorites: Lambeau Field

Posted by Paige Curtis on October 28, 2014 – 11:48 am


WI-Favorites-Week-8-Statue-of-Lombardi-2What is the No. 1 thing first-time visitors to Lambeau Field should see or do?

No. 18 Randall Cobb – The Packers Hall of Fame.

No. 70 T.J. Lang – Go across the street and get a big, greasy burger from Kroll’s.

No. 44 James Starks - Visit the Hall of Fame, learn some history.

No. 11 Jarrett Boykin - Check out the Hall of Fame, there’s some pretty unique stuff there.

No. 81 Andrew Quarless – Hall of Fame and take a chance to do the Lambeau Leap.

No. 52 Clay Matthews – Walk around and meet other fans, tailgate and enjoy the atmosphere that is unlike any other in professional sports.

No. 96 Mike Neal - Visit the Hall of Fame because it’s very historic and you can feel the tradition of the Packers as you walk through.

Touch down year round at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Not only is it home to the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers on gameday and touted as the most legendary stadium in the National Football League, Lambeau Field is also open (almost) every day of the year. The Lambeau Field Atrium is home to the Packers Pro Shop, Curly’s Pub, Packers Hall of Fame (opening in spring 2015) and stadium tours. Lambeau Field stadium tours allow fans to experience the Packers’ history-rich facility first-hand and see several behind-the-scenes areas. There are three different tour options available, including the Classic Stadium Tour, the Champions Tour and the Legendary Tour. Whatever tour you tackle, you’ll be sure to win.


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News now! ‘So far, so good’ with Aaron Rodgers’ hamstring

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 27, 2014 – 4:50 pm

141027-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy didn’t have any definitive reports on the list of injured players and their potential availability after the bye week, but he sounded optimistic on Monday that he’d have a healthier team against the Bears on Nov. 9.

“We’re 5-3,” he said. “We have time to heal.”

The injury list isn’t as extensive as the Packers have dealt with in the past, but some of the names are rather significant. QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) and RG T.J. Lang (ankle) got hurt on Sunday night in New Orleans, while defensive starters S Morgan Burnett (calf), CB Sam Shields (knee) and DE Datone Jones (ankle) all missed the game, with Shields and Jones now out multiple contests each.

Regarding Rodgers, “So far, so good,” was how McCarthy described the initial medical reports. “They’re very confident where Aaron is today.”

After the week off, the Packers will play four of their next five contests at Lambeau Field, beginning with the Bears in a Sunday night prime-time affair.

Burnett and Shields both worked out before the Saints game and the training staff told McCarthy they were improving. It’s too early to tell on Lang’s ankle, because the injury just occurred.

“This is a great time for the bye,” McCarthy continued. “It will be good for us to get healthy.”

Click here for more from McCarthy’s press conference.

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Chesney & Aldean to play Lambeau Field June 20

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 27, 2014 – 2:11 pm


GREEN BAY — Kenny Chesney is coming back to Lambeau Field in 2015, and he’s bringing Jason Aldean with him.

The two music headliners will hit Lambeau Field on their combined tour on June 20, 2015, it was announced Monday. The event is a combined effort by the Packers, the Brown County Professional Stadium District and PMI Entertainment Group.

“It’s very rare to have two performers of this magnitude on stage together,” said Ken Wachter, PMI President. “These are two headliners who normally sell out stadiums individually.”

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy noted that Chesney is a big football fan while Aldean is a Packers shareholder. Lambeau Field has been under construction for renovations and other projects since Chesney first came to Lambeau in 2011, but this 2015 show will precede the Wisconsin-LSU college football game in 2016, giving the stadium two major events in consecutive years.

“The show in 2011 was great for the community,” Murphy said. “The Visitors & Convention Bureau after the last concert estimated the economic impact at $5 million. That’s very substantial.”

Wachter added the first Chesney concert produced ticket sales in 23 different states and filled up all the hotel rooms in Brown County.

“We’re told it will be even bigger and better for 2015,” Wachter said. “We’re one of only 10 markets to have both performers.”

For more on the concert announcement, click here.

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