Packers head coach Mike McCarthy made it official on Wednesday that rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy had suffered a season-ending knee injury. “Worthy played 467 of the Packers’ 991 defensive snaps (47 percent) this season in games in which he was active,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. “Of Green Bay’s defensive linemen, only full-time starters B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett were on the field more.” The Packers have now lost their top two draft choices for the season, including first-rounder Nick Perry. In the short-term, the Packers probably still have sufficient depth on the defensive line to get through the playoffs now that C.J. Wilson and Mike Neal appear to be healthy and effective.
More on Jerel Worthy comes from CBS ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings has been the subject of much media coverage following the critical comments by his sister of quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Twitter. “I’m like, ‘C’mon, you can’t do that to me,’ ” Jennings is quoted as saying by Paul Imig. “I’m not mad at her, I’m not saying it was right, I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s her opinion. She puts me in a position where I have to answer to you guys, which, selfishly, that’s unfair.” Jennings’ sister has since changed her Twitter name and made her account private. Jennings said he’s talked to Rodgers about the comments and that there’s no animosity between them. What makes the whole situation comical is that both Rodgers and Jennings are coming off great performances against the Vikings. Jennings got the ball plenty of times and Rodgers was unworthy of such criticism.
But Greg Jennings isn’t the only one who doesn’t like the cold weather, writes Lori Nickel at the Journal Sentinel.
Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Wednesday confirmed that he has been granted permission to interview for the head coaching position of the Chicago Bears. The next question is, “When?” “NFL rules state that because the Packers are in the NFC Wild Card playoff round, the earliest Clements could interview with Chicago would be Sunday,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “That’s when a one-week interviewing window opens for assistants on teams that win their Wild Card games. Should the Packers lose to the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night, Clements would be free to interview immediately.” It appears as if Clements declined to elaborate about the Bears’ interest, which makes sense seeing as he can’t even interview until this weekend at the earliest, he might as well focus on the Vikings in the meantime.
Despite wide receiver Jordy Nelson saying that he anticipates on playing in Saturday’s playoff game, Mike McCarthy expressed some reservation on Wednesday. “I thought Jordy ran well in the workout that he did in the Hutson Center, looked pretty good in the routes on air,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of JSOnline. “I know Pat McKenzie wants to evaluate him again tomorrow, he wants to make sure – he has some concerns. It will probably take until tomorrow to see where Jordy is.” Based upon reports that Nelson is practicing and looking fine, the guess here is that he will play against the Vikings, but we’ll know more after Thursday’s practice.
A feature article on special teams coaches Shawn Slocum and Chad Morton and the job they’ve done this season appears at the Press-Gazette.
It’s been a while since the Packers have had all their top receiving options available. Bill Huber of Packer Report looks at that situation.
Running back Alex Green is still working through issues with his surgically-repaired knee, reports Tom Silverstein.
The performance of rookie offensive lineman Don Barclay is analyzed by Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
The Packers’ recent history of playing at home in the playoffs hasn’t exactly been overwhelming, as noted by the Associated Press.
Referee Scott Green will call the Packers-Vikings game. More information comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Clay Matthews told JSOnline that he’s lucky he wasn’t hurt worse in this past Sunday’s game.
The Packers offense gets some attention in an article at the team’s official website.
Pro Football Weekly looks at the Packers secondary vs. Christian Ponder.
The guys at the Press-Gazette have their weekly Insiders video.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt wish the Packers luck in the playoffs.
Video: Wide receiver James Jones talks with ProFootballTalk.com about Saturday’s playoff game…
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.