The brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't even receive an opportunity to participate in training camp. "Less than three months after Jordan Rodgers signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent, the 24-year-old quarterback was released," writes Paul Imig of FoxSportsWisconsin.com. "The Jaguars made the announcement Monday afternoon." The younger Rodgers recently underwent sports hernia surgery that prevented him from participating in offseason activities, which may be part of the reason he was cut. The Packers have two spots open on their roster, but I wouldn't expect them to sign Aaron's brother.
Observers are weighing in on the connection between Aaron Rodgers and newly suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Among the more astute opinions I've seen comes from Kevin Seifert, NFC North blogger at ESPN.com. "My feeling is that Rodgers is one of hundreds of people that Braun has put in an impossible spot, a list that includes everyone associated with the Milwaukee Brewers along with his family and friends," writes Seifert. "Rodgers is now in the same position as friends of Lance Armstrong: Seeking to find a balance between anger, loyalty and embarrassment." Rodgers didn't cheat, didn't lie and doesn't deserve treatment as if he did. But considering his business partnership with Braun and his outspokenness in defending Braun, Rodgers should have to answer to the media regarding his connection. He'll likely meet the media at the start of training camp on Friday.
There is some level of confusion about the actions taken by the Green Bay Plan Commission on Monday regarding the re-naming of Ashland Ave. to Mike McCarthy Ave. "The Plan Commission voted down the proposal by a 5-2 margin, although commission members also moved to table the matter and consider alternatives," writes Doug Schneider of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "The issue now goes before the Green Bay City Council on July 30." The village of Ashwaubenon also postponed discussion of street re-naming scheduled for Tuesday night. It would appear this issue will continue to drag on.
A sizable crowd is expected for the annual Packers shareholders meeting tomorrow. "The Packers are preparing for the more than 17,000 Green Bay Packers shareholders who have requested tickets for the organization’s Annual Meeting, set for Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at Lambeau Field," according to the team's official website. The crowd won't be quite as large as last year, the first after the stock sale held in 2012.
The Press-Gazette has its own defensive line preview by reporter Pete Dougherty.
Yet another position preview is the safeties at the Packers official website.
More on Casey Hayward comes from PocketDoppler.com.
Ex-Packer Esera Tuaolo is featured at the new Sports Illustrated MMQB website in an article on former NFL players that are gay.
A closer look at offensive lineman Andrew Datko appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
JSOnline comes back to the question whether the Packers are a "soft" football team.
The competition at right tackle gets treatment at PackersTalk.net.
A case involving a fight between Packers and Vikings fans from last season is still pending.
The countdown series continues at Packer Report.
Video: Fox 11 covers the potential street re-naming in Green Bay...
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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