Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been named a finalist for the NFL’s Air Player of the Year Award. A press release from the Packers reads: “Rodgers finished the 2012 season as the NFL’s leading passer (108.0) for the second consecutive season. Selected as the NFC’s starting quarterback for the 2013 Pro Bowl, Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns which was second best in the NFL.” Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos are the other finalists. Fans can vote to determine the winner at the NFL’s official website. The winner will be announced during the week of the Super Bowl.
More on Aaron Rodgers comes from Fox 11.
It’s possible that defensive lineman Jerel Worthy has escaped major injury. According to a report from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, “Team doctors still are waiting for the swelling to go down before making a final determination, but Worthy is hopeful it’s only a serious bone bruise rather than a torn anterior cruciate ligament.” Even if Worthy does miss the remainder of the season, avoiding a major injury like a torn ACL would be a bonus to his future development. It would be detrimental to Worthy if he were to miss the offseason program and training camp.
A few folks at ESPN dig into the Packers’ philosophy of limiting the snaps of their defensive players with columns penned by John Clayton and Kevin Seifert, something also researched by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel few weeks ago. Providing updated numbers, Seifert writes, “The most obvious non-injury reduction in playing time happened with nose tackle B.J. Raji. After playing more than 80 percent of the snaps last season, Raji has been on the field for 59.2 percent this season — a significant difference of 238 snaps. He missed two games because of an ankle injury, but his snap totals would have been down even if he had played both at his regular rate.” Raji has been particularly effective after the bye. It seems like ever since he came back from a mid-season ankle injury, he’s been playing better in both phases of the game and is more explosive.
Piggy-backing on the snap count theme is Acme Packing Company.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum is profiled in a feature by Lori Nickel at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Thoughts on outside linebacker Erik Walden are shared by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline.
Running back DuJuan Harris is featured in an article by the Associated Press.
A column on Aaron Rodgers’ performance in big games is written by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.
John Dorsey is a front-runner for the general manager job of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to an article at FoxSportsKansasCity.com.
Taking a look at the injured left arm of the 49ers’ Justin Smith is Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.
The Sacramento Bee dives into Colin Kaepernick’s roots in New London, Wis.
A video previewing the Packers-49ers game is posted at JSOnline.
A replay of Tom Crabtree’s weekly Clubhouse Live show can be viewed at PackersNews.com.
Looking at the matchup between Tramon Williams and Michael Crabtree is AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Over at Acme Packing Company, they take a look at the roster makeup of the Packers and 49ers.
Some Packers-themed ice sculptures are shared at Fox 11.
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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.