For the third consecutive year, hamstring issues have begun to limit linebacker Clay Matthews in training camp. "Matthews didn’t practice on Thursday because of what coach Mike McCarthy called soreness and tightness, leaving open the possibility that Matthews won’t play in Friday night’s preseason game against Arizona at Lambeau Field," reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Matthews has always been ready for the regular season in his first two years, however. As long as he continues to do that no one will be too concerned.
More on Clay Matthews and his hamstring injury comes via the Associated Press.
Following Mike McCarthy's claim that defensive lineman Mike Neal was "day to day," concerns continue about the depth on the defensive line. "If the D-line depth chart was intact, Capers said he felt comfortable as it is," writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If injury strikes, he said a veteran addition or additions probably would be required." C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn should see a lot of action in Neal's place this evening.
More on Mike Neal's injury comes from Kevin Seifert, the NFC North blogger at ESPN.com.
T.J. Lang gets to state his case this evening in the Packers' preseason home opener. "Left guard is the only starting job open on the offensive line, however, and after (Derek) Sherrod started the preseason opener in Cleveland, now it’s Lang’s turn," writes Mike Spofford of the Packers official website. "Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Thursday that Lang would start." You have to imagine the Packers will attempt to nail down a regular starter at the position following this preseason game.
On the topic of left guard, Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com draws a comparison between this year's first-round draft choice Derek Sherrod and what former first rounder Bryan Bulaga went through last year.
In the first preseason game when the Packers had very little depth at the cornerback position due to injury, that figures to change tonight. "The usual suspects are back," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields - the three corners who anchored a Super Bowl secondary - are all expected to play against Arizona on Friday night at Lambeau Field." Beyond them, it's a battle for the final spots on the roster between Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee, Josh Gordy and a couple rookies.
More on the cornerback position comes from Vic Ketchman of Packers.com.
An update on rookie cornerback Davon House's injury is given by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The rookie cornerback, who has been out since Aug. 5 with a hamstring injury, will not play Friday against the Arizona Cardinals but said he could be back in action on Monday," writes Dunne. "If House absolutely needed to play this week, he could." House would greatly benefit from some preseason action before the regular season begins.
Cornerback Sam Shields briefly commented on the Yahoo Sports report in which he was implicated a recipient of impermissible benefits from a University of Miami booster. "They contacted me," Shields said of Yahoo. "But I just told them that I didn't want to get into that right now. I'm just focusing on the Packers right now." Shields didn't elaborate.
Tim Masthay is the focus of an article suggesting he's a long-term solution at punter for the Packers. "The Packers have been looking for a long-term answer at that position since 1998, when Craig Hentrich left in free agency to become the NFL’s first $1 million-a-year punter," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "Based on Masthay’s strong finish last season and even better start in camp this year, he’s looking like a real long-term possibility." Can't disagree.
A feature on rookie tight end Ryan Taylor is penned by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.
Jerry Fotenot's shift to running backs coach is detailed by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.
The secondary ticket market for Packers tickets is examined at the Press-Gazette.
A brief update is given on Mason Crosby's injury status.
The impact of the new kickoff rule and how it impacts the Packers is given some attention by Rob Demovsky.
The Packers announce the debut of PackersEverywhere.com.
An interview with C.J. Wilson appears at JSOnline.
Video: John Kuhn talks with the Press-Gazette...
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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