The Packers are racking up injuries at an uncofortable rate, which actually prompted head coach Mike McCarthy to end Monday evening’s practice early to avoid any more. Wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Ryan Taylor are among eight players who have already been ruled out of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chargers, both of them with concussions. “The other six Packers who won’t be healthy in time for San Diego are wide receiver Tori Gurley (groin), running back Du’ane Bennett (knee), fullback Jon Hoese (hamstring), offensive linemen Ray Dominguez (ankle) and Mike McCabe (hip) and tight end Eric Lair (knee),” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. In the good news department, tackle Marshall Newhouse hasn’t been ruled out and could start at left tackle on Thursday. Given the depth issues on the offensive line, it would be a positive development to see Newhouse back.
For the first time in NFL history, a female official will work an NFL football during Thursday’s Packers-Chargers preseason game. “The NFL’s officials remain locked out, which means replacement officials will take over in the preseason,” writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And as Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports, a female will be on a NFL officiating crew for the first time ever. Shannon Eastin will work Thursday night’s game between the Packers and the San Diego Chargers.” The news has prompted some misogynistic comments online, which is a shame. It’s noteworthy that Eastin will become the first female ever in a game played and historically officiated by men, but it’s time to judge a person’s merits on the job they do, not their sex, race, creed or anything else.
There’s some speculation that defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove could get his suspension reduced by the NFL, although there are conflicting reports circulating and nothing is official. “If Vilma’s suspension is halved, there could be a chance for Hargrove and other suspended Saints players to gain a reprieve as well,” writes Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel. “His agent, Phil Williams, emailed him the news at 1 a.m. Monday.” Hargrove didn’t say much in interviews with the media, which is understandable. Nothing he says will change his fate. It’s up to a court of law now.
Inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore was the subject of much media attention on Monday after it was learned how much weight he put on. “Entering the offseason, the 23-year-old Lattimore was told to gain weight and took that notion to heart, adding about 13 pounds to his frame and returning to camp at a beefier 242 pounds,” writes Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. Lattimore has also played well this season, especially considering the transition he’s making. And as Bob McGinn notes, he’s setting himself up for a roster spot by playing on all four primary special teams units.
A list of veteran tackles available as street free agents is provided by Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
A feature on wide receiver Diondre Borel is written by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and his focus on tackling fundamentals is detailed in an article by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
A column on center Jeff Saturday is written by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.
Mike McCarthy attended Saturday’s NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony, writes Pete Dougherty at PackersNews.com.
Rookie tackle Andrew Datko says he’s getting better.
Running back Brandon Saine is profiled at the Packers official website.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop is called the star of Monday’s practice at Packers.com.
Packer Report wraps up the competitive part of training camp.
Depth on the offensive line is analyzed at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The impact of Randall Cobb is considered at Acme Packing Company.
Keeping Donald Driver could be a mistake, says Lombardi Ave.
Video: An update on construction around Lambeau Field comes from Fox 11 in Green Bay…
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