Captains named for Packers-Colts game

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 6, 2016 – 11:25 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Davante Adams (offense), LB Jake Ryan (defense) and LB Jayrone Elliott (special teams).


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Eddie Lacy staying connected in meetings

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on November 4, 2016 – 10:03 am

161104-lacy-950GREEN BAY — Eddie Lacy isn’t on the football field right now, but the Packers running back is still making his presence felt inside the meeting room.

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans told reporters on Thursday night that Lacy has been active in positional meetings when he’s not undergoing rehab for his injured foot.

Over the years, the Packers have encouraged players on injured reserve to stick around team facilities during their recovery to attend meetings and stay involved with the process.

There was no better example of that than Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson, who remained with the team after undergoing knee surgery last summer that sidelined him for the season.

“I think it’s important for any player, especially Eddie Lacy,” said Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Friday morning. “When these players go on IR, that’s a tough spot to be. … I think it’s a natural reaction once a player gets hurt, they don’t feel they’re as involved in the locker room and all those things. We’ve always been proactive in keeping those guys part of the football team. I think that’s important for Eddie to feel that way and make sure we take care of him.”

The Packers still have the option available to return a player to the active roster from injured reserve, so there is a chance Lacy could be back this season if he’s cleared by the end of the season.

Like Nelson’s work with the receivers, Lacy’s presence provides the added benefit of helping assist the team’s two healthy running backs, Don Jackson and Aaron Ripkowski.

“Your best player in the room is injured, so you take him out of the room, it obviously changes the dynamics, but also the experience, the interaction and the communication,” McCarthy said.

“You look at what Jordy Nelson did last year for those receivers just to be there every day to be part of it. From a coaching perspective, you need to try to elevate those guys a little bit so they can contribute and help the younger players. Eddie Lacy has a lot to offer. He’s played a lot of football, he’s a very smart, instinctive football player and he’s a great asset for our young running backs.”

McCarthy said running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Jared Cook (ankle) are making progress after both participated in Thursday’s practice in limited fashion.

The Packers have been cautious with Ty Montgomery (illness) this week, but McCarthy said the second-year receiver is getting in “in-tune” with the offense and doing well after sitting out against Atlanta.

Receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) and cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) practiced this week, but their available for Sunday’s game against the Colts likely will be determined by how they come out of Saturday’s final practice.

“’Q’ is getting better. Randall is probably not as far along as he’d like to be,” McCarthy said. “Today’s an important day for their process to get back. Then, really post-practice and frankly all three of those guys we’ll see how they feel Sunday morning will be the (indicator) because they need to work Saturday also.”


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TV map: Where you can see Packers vs. Colts

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 4, 2016 – 8:00 am

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– If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.

– CBS will broadcast the game to a regional audience with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms handling the call from the broadcast booth and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 713.

NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

TV map is courtesy of 506sports.com. View the full image.


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James Starks to return to practice on limited basis

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 3, 2016 – 10:54 am

161103-starks-950GREEN BAY — Packers RB James Starks will return to practice on Thursday on a limited basis, Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced.

Starks has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and this is one step in his potential return to action. McCarthy did not address whether he could return to game action as soon as Sunday vs. Indianapolis, or if that is further down the road.

“We’ll see how it goes,” McCarthy said.

Also on the injury front, LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) and CB Quinten Rollins (groin) had “good days” on Wednesday and will be trying to do more on Thursday. WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) might back off on Thursday after a heavier workload on Wednesday.

“I’m hopeful they all can go but we just have to go through the whole week and see if we have any more hurdles to get over,” McCarthy said.

G T.J. Lang (hip) is being held out of practice, with the hope he can practice on Saturday, the last on-field workout of the week.

“Frankly, I’m holding T.J. back,” McCarthy said.

Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.


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