Responding to a question about recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by reporter Bob McGinn saying the Packers would release tight end Jermichael Finley in the offseason if he can’t be traded, Finley told ESPN, “I didn’t check it out,” Finley is quoted as saying. “It’s a business, and I would love to be here my whole career. I’m comfortable here, and I want to be a Packer for life. That’s all I can say about that.” After the Journal Sentinel report was published on Saturday evening, Finley went out and had a solid outing against the Chicago Bears, catching five passes for 61 yards and receiving perhaps the most playing time since suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the season.
There’s a possibility that defensive back Charles Woodson could return in time to face the Tennessee Titans this upcoming weekend. “On Monday afternoon, coach Mike McCarthy said that he’d yet to talk to team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of Woodson returning to action for next Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “The Packers have only two regular-season games remaining: Next Sunday, and Dec. 30 at Minnesota.” McCarthy said he’d like to see Woodson back in action before the playoffs begin. There’s also the question of where Woodson will play upon his return. Will he continue to play the slot cornerback position or just at safety?
Head coach Mike McCarthy once again continued to reaffirm that Mason Crosby would remain as the Packers kicker during his Monday press conference. “Mason Crosby is an accountable man. He needs to perform better,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “I’m disappointed in the way he performed yesterday. There’s more that goes into it as far as when you evaluate players and everything around each player at their position. So, at the end of the day, Mason will be our kicker and that’s my focus.” McCarthy mentioned Green Bay’s commitment to drafting and developing their own players, which shows a level of trust in their players unseen some other places in the NFL.
In an appearance on the NFL Network’s Around the League on Monday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers characterized the Packers’ decision to attempt a lateral on a punt return on Sunday when up 11 points in the fourth quarter as “not a very intelligent call.” Beyond just the timing of the call, the Packers also attempted to put the ball in the hands of Jeremy Ross who had not touched the ball all season long, not exactly the best time to get a player involved in a game plan.
Aaron Rodgers talks about the hit by Bears defensive lineman Julius Peppers at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Aaron Rodgers brings up 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in his interview at the NFL Network.
The Packers running game gets some attention at the Journal Sentinel.
Dom Capers and Charles Woodson comment on the offensive pass interference calls by the Bears over at JSOnline.
NFC North championship merchandise is for sale at the Packer Pro Shop, reports Fox 11.
The weekly stock report is up at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Rookie Greg Van Roten joined host Tom Crabtree on Clubhouse Live on Monday.
Video: Jordy Nelson answers questions on his appearance on Inside the Huddle on Monday…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.