After their usual Tuesday day off, the Green Bay Packers return to the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's upcoming match-up with the Detroit Lions.
Attention, in particular, will be on tight end Jermichael Finley who left the Packers' last game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a concussion following a first-quarter hit from safety George Iloka.
Finley sent out a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, perhaps foreshadowing his return.
Good News. #GoPackGo
— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 1, 2013
Finley did not practice on Monday when the team returned from the bye week. It's unknown whether the Packers were just playing it cautious or the tight end was still undergoing the NFL's mandated concussion protocol.
There are several other players whose status is still in question as well. Those who didn't practice on Monday include linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee), fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) and running back Johnathan Franklin (ankle).
Perhaps given the extra day off, they'll be able to return to the practice field on Wednesday, when the Packers are required to file an official injury report with the NFL.
Head coach Mike McCarthy will give an update during his regularly-scheduled press conference, to be streamed live at 1:10 p.m. CT on the team's official website at Packers.com.
Also on Wednesday, Vince Lombardi is being honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company as part of their Hometown Hall of Famers program.
A legendary NFL coach and former high school standout at St. Francis Preparatory School, Lombardi will be honored with a plaque during a special ceremony at 1:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the school’s auditorium, located at 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows, NY, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. John Lombardi, Vince’s grandson, will be on-hand to accept the plaque on behalf of the Lombardi family.
Kyle Flood, Rutgers University head football coach and St. Francis alumnus, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate the late Vince Lombardi and St. Francis Preparatory School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Queens.”
In the evening, safety M.D. Jennings will host the weekly J-Mike and M.D. Show from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on The Fan 107.5 FM and 1400 AM in Green Bay from Thornberry Creek golf course in Oneida, where the show is broadcasted.
The show can be streamed online at TheFan1075.com.
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