On the first injury report of the season released on Wednesday, cornerback Davon House was listed as a limited participant. “Davon House did more at Wednesday’s practice than he has at any other since dislocating his shoulder Aug. 9 at San Diego,” writes Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. “The second-year cornerback says Sunday is still a goal, but — not surprisingly — it appears the Packers will be cautious.” House is wearing a shoulder harness during practice. It’s difficult to see the Packers playing House on Sunday. They have good depth in the secondary and can afford to let him rest for a week or more to let his shoulder heal.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted concern about the depth along the team’s offensive line in an interview on Wednesday. “We’ve got seven guys on the active roster, one on PUP and then a few on the practice squad,” Rodgers is quoted as saying in an Associated Press article. “So a little thinner than in the past.” It hasn’t been unusual for the Packers to keep only seven offensive linemen on game days in the past, so this isn’t exactly uncharted territory. Obviously is there’s an injury to the offensive line, they’d have to make a roster move. But they appear willing to wait until Derek Sherrod returns from the PUP list unless their hand is forced.
After struggling against “man-under” coverage last season in their two losses, in which cornerbacks play bump-and-run with two-deep safeties over the top, the Packers are preparing to see more of the same from the 49ers defense on Sunday. “We have our work cut out for us this week,” wide receiver James Jones told JSOnline. “It’s just going to come down to how good we execute. We have to win our 1-on-1 battles out of press coverage, get down the field and get into our routes. If we do that, we can make it a long day for them. If not, they can make it a long day for us.” An effective run game can take advantage of “man-under” coverage, so it will be interesting to see if the Packers can take advantage of those types of situations this season.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings addressed his contract situation yet again with reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t want to hear anything about it now, but I answered one question about it and that’s what kind of stirred everything up,” Jennings is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “But everyone knows what the reality of it is when guys are coming up on a deal. ‘Will you be here?’ If I don’t get a contract, no. ‘Do I want to be here?’ Absolutely. Everyone upstairs knows that. The guys around me know that. But at the end of the day, the focus has to be on football. I have to go out there and prepare as I’ve always prepared, put myself in the best situation to make plays for my team and this organization.” Unless Jennings actually signs a extension, there probably won’t be much more talk about his contract situation until the season is over. All he can do now is play as well as possible that ensures he signs a lucrative deal.
The still-unsettled jobs in the secondary are in mentioned in articles in the Journal Sentinel and JSOnline.
Wide receiver Diondre Borel says he’ll consider other roster offers if they come, according to Rob Demovsky at PackersNews.com.
The play “Lombardi” begins its run at the Peninsula Players Theater in Door County.
Injuries sustained to Packers players are described in a post at Pocket Doppler.
Video: The season debut of “The Insiders” returns from the crew at the Press-Gazette…
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