Cornerback Davon House was honored as the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt, which was recovered for a touchdown this past Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. “In his second season from New Mexico State, this is House’s first career player of the week award,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “He is only the second non-kicker, -punter or –returner to be honored, joining linebacker K.D. Williams, who won the award in Week 3 of 2001.” The fact that the Packers even trust House to play on special teams considering the injury he suffered to his shoulder earlier in the year shows how far he’s come in his recovery.
More on Davon House comes from the Packers official website.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a lingering hamstring injury. “(Head coach Mike) McCarthy said Nelson, who didn’t play last Sunday after injuring his hamstring last Wednesday, was slated to go through rehabilitation work Wednesday and Thursday and that he ‘could potentially do something Friday,’” writes Jason Wilde. It will be interesting to see whether the Packers decide to take a chance and play Nelson on Sunday or give him another opportunity to rest the week before a bye. Fullback John Kuhn is reportedly in the same boat as Nelson and has a chance to practice on Friday.
Mike McCarthy made it abundantly clear in his Wednesday press conference that the team is focused on the Cardinals game this upcoming weekend and isn’t focused on the upcoming bye week, but he did throw out this little bit of information. “(McCarthy) definitely has us focused on the Cardinals because he threw us a little bone if we win: We kind of get a little bit of extra time off,” wide receiver James Jones is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. “We know a lot of guys are hungry and ready to get the win so we can get a couple more days off.” Not only will the Packers get an opportunity to get healthy, they’ll enjoy a little extra time off if they win. At this point in the season, both are needed.
Former Packers offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals, spoke to the local Wisconsin media on Wednesday. “My time was special there,” Colledge is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “I won a lot of games, went to the playoffs three times and won a championship. I have no regrets about the things I did there. I feel like I came in and did the things I was asked to do. I never missed a single game. I showed up to work every single day. I didn’t always do the best job, but I felt like the team knew exactly who I was. I came to work every single day and they knew that’s what they were going to get.” Colledge was probably an average player talent-wise, but his smarts, durability and dependability helped him become slightly above average at the time. His contributions in winning Super Bowl XLV won’t be forgotten.
Linebacker Brad Jones is featured in an article by Gary D’Amato of the Journal Sentinel who notes his solid play since becoming the starter on the Packers defense this season. “In those two games, he registered 20 tackles (15 solo), a sack and a forced fumble,” writes D’Amato. “He also is the middle linebacker in the Packers’ dime package.” It’s been surprising how quickly Jones has caught on, especially since he didn’t have much experience on the inside prior to this season. Based on the early returns, Jones is playing just as well as Bishop and Smith, but it’s been a pretty small sample size so far.
Wide receiver James Jones is the focus of another feature article by Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel.
The Arizona Cardinals defense and its similarity to the Packers’ scheme is detailed in an article by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.
More on the Cardinals defense comes from the Packers official website.
The Packers’ no-huddle offense is struggling to get on track this season, according to Tom Silverstein at JSOnline.
The status of PUP players Andrew Quarless and Frank Zombo is detailed at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
A large auction of Packers memorabilia takes place on Thursday.
Packer Report notes the sack production coming from both the Packers and the Cardinals.
The Packers announced their plans for honoring the military for Veteran’s Day.
Some Xs and Os breakdown of the special teams comes from AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Lombardi Ave. got into the Halloween mood by coming up with some scary scenarios for the Packers.
Video: The crew at the Press-Gazette has their weekly insider’s video poking fun at the trading deadline…
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 email@example.com.