There’s nothing to suggest the injuries are serious, but tackle Bryan Bulaga and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy were added to the Packers’ injury report on Wednesday. “New to the injury report was RT Bryan Bulaga (knee), who McCarthy said was limited on Wednesday,” writes James Carlton of CBSSports.com. “Bulaga didn’t appear to be injured during the game Monday night, when he was beaten badly for three sacks, including two embarrassing ones by Seahawks rookie DE Bruce Irvin. On one of those sacks, Irvin bull-rushed Bulaga and knocked him down with one arm, getting to QB Aaron Rodgers in barely more than two seconds. Bulaga has typically been one of the Packers’ best offensive linemen.” Worthy exited Monday’s game with a shoulder injury but later returned to action. He was also limited in practice.
Rejoice, Packers fans. The deal with the NFL referees’ union is official, although many Packers fans would say it came two days too late. “After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration among coaches, players and fans — the NFL and the referees’ union announced at 11 p.m. Wednesday that a tentative agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June,” writes Barry Wilner of the Associated Press. The regular referees will begin work this week, including Sunday’s Packers-Saints game, and even tonight’s Thursday night football game between the Browns and Ravens.
More on the deal between the NFL and the referees comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline, ESPNMilwaukee.com and Fox Sports as well as unique take from Packers’ players and the respect they have for the job of referee at the Journal Sentinel.
Defensive back Charles Woodson addressed the team on Wednesday, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. “The eight-time Pro Bowl player rarely speaks up,” writes Dunne. “When Woodson does speak – as he famously did following the 2010 NFC Championship Game – his message resonates. Cornerback Tramon Williams said what Woodson told the team is precisely what he was thinking but that ‘it comes out of his mouth a little better.’” Mike McCarthy also addressed the team and shared similar sentiments. Judging from his press conference, it was probably one that the team just move on.
Safety M.D. Jennings has become a household name ever since Monday night’s game, and several features on him appeared in the media on Wednesday, including one at JSOnline. “Text messages and phone calls never stopped,” writes Tyler Dunne about Jennings. “So eventually, Jennings did something he rarely ever does. He shut off his phone. First, Monday night. And then again on Tuesday night. Even then, he couldn’t escape the play. When Jennings woke up Wednesday morning, he made breakfast and flipped on Good Morning America. And there was the play again.” Jennings also talked about the play itself and said he wouldn’t have done anything different, including batting down the ball.
A Packers player preferred to remain anonymous when answering a question from Rob Reischel of Packer Report, what do the Packers do with Jermichael Finley? “That’s a great question,” the player is quoted as saying. “A lot of us are wondering that ourselves.” Not often are Packers players quoted anonymously. It makes you wonder how teammates feel about Finley.
Brian Billick of the NFL Network notes the classy approach Mike McCarthy took after Monday’s game.
The Xs and Os of defending Monday’s Hail Mary is detailed in the Journal Sentinel.
Breaking down the eight sacks given up by the Packers on Monday is Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.
Cornerback Tramon Williams criticized the NFL in a blog post appearing at JSOnline.
JSOnline does a good job of rounding up reaction from national columnists to Monday night’s game.
From Fox 11, the Lambeau Field expansion project is on schedule and on budget.
In his weekly column at JSOnline, Cheesehead TV’s own Zach Kruse looks at the lack of big plays from the Packers offense.
Charles Barkley talks about losing money on a bet made on the Packers Monday night.
The crew at the Press-Gazette takes a look back at Monday’s game in their weekly Insiders video.
Video:Former Packer LeRoy Butler answers five questions and looks at some Xs and Os in his weekly video series at JSOnline…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email email@example.com.