The Green Bay Packers announced on Wednesday that less than 7,500 tickets were available for Sunday's playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, keeping alive the possibility that the game could be blacked out on television locally.
According to numerous media outlets, the NFL has given teams a deadline of 72 hours before kickoff to sell out or risk a blackout, although extensions have been granted.
With kickoff slated for 3:40 p.m. CT on Sunday, the Packers presumably have until 3:40 p.m. on Thursday to sell out or request an extension.
It's difficult to say how realistic the threat of a blackout really is, because it's possible a corporate sponsor could agree to buy the remaining tickets and avoid such a situation, as has happened for other teams in the past.
As for what's happening with the coaches and players, the Packers didn't practice on Wednesday, instead opting for a walk-through in their newly constructed indoor training center inside Lambeau Field.
But on Thursday, the practice environment changes dramatically.
For starters, they'll be practicing in pads, their only one allowed each week in the postseason per NFL rules.
Even more notable, however, the Packers will be practicing outdoors on Ray Nitschke Field as they attempt to adjust to the downright freezing temperatures they'll encounter on Sunday.
The forecast for Sunday has gotten even colder in the past 24 hours with a high of zero degrees and a low of -18 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. Temperatures will be slightly warmer on Thursday with a high of 11 degrees.
Typically in cold weather, the Packers start practice inside the Don Hutson Center for individual drills and to conduct the learning phase of their walk-through portion of practice. They then go outside for the team portion as they become acclimated to what it's like playing outside.
Before the Packers hit the practice field on Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy will presumably make his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio (satellite radio) at 10:15 a.m. CT assuming the postseason hasn't changed the usual schedule.
He'll be talking to one of his former players and Packers preseason announcer Rich Gannon along with Bruce Murray on the SiriusXM Blitz.
Then in the evening wide receiver James Jones will make his weekly appearance on 101.1 FM WIXX in Green Bay for 1 on 1 with the Boys from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT.
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