Packers defensive lineman Jarius Wynn is battling through a mild case of Bell's Palsy, a paralysis or weakness in the muscles around the face. According to a report from Fox Sports Wisconsin, the condition came about roughly two weeks ago when one of Wynn's eyes couldn't close. "Wynn was prescribed an antibiotic and a light steroid, which has helped his eye to now fully close again," writes reporter Paul Imig. Wynn is wearing a dark visor on his helmet to help combat the condition, which he said should go away in six to eight weeks.
With the year's only mandatory minicamp beginning on Tuesday, a topic of conversation was how much physical contact teams are allowed to have. It's a fine line, and even head coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn't sure where the line is. The Seattle Seahawks were recently punished for having contact during an offseason practice. "Offseason contact also was banned under the previous CBA," writes Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. "But given the current emphasis on player safety, the Seahawks’ punishment may be a sign that the ban will be policed more strictly. Teams now must film all on-field offseason activities, retain them until 30 days after the start of the regular season and make them available to NFL Players Association officials in the event of a dispute." Even center Jeff Saturday who's a member of the NFLPA's executive committee acknowledged the difficulty figuring out how much contact is allowed.
Defensive back Charles Woodson practiced for the first time this offseason on Monday. After all the offseason speculation about a potential move to safety, all eyes were on where Woodson lined up. "As Woodson reminded everyone, he played some safety last season," writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's no stranger to a nomadic role, sliding to different spots against different offenses. On Tuesday, he only covered slot receivers. Nothing to read into, he said. Woodson is easing back into action after missing the Packers' organized team activities." While Woodson will likely play safety to some extent this season, it appears safe to say that no full-fledged move to safety is imminent.
Linebacker Clay Matthews was a limited participant in minicamp practice on Tuesday, taking part in only the jog-through portion of practice. "Though Matthews wouldn’t say if something specific bothered him, citing only 'fatigue,' he did say that after dealing with chronic hamstring pulls in training camps past he and the Packers medical staff are taking a different approach to this offseason," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. Matthews seems to be held out of practice for minor ailments on a fairly regular basis over the first four years of his NFL career. But if it means he'll be on the field in the games that count, the Packers are probably willing to let that happen.
The Packers sent out information to shareholders this week about their annual meeting, which included voting information on new members for the board of directors. More from the Press-Gazette and Packers official website.
Players are hitting their playbooks during minicamp, writers Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked to the media about several topics yesterday.
Wide receiver Diondre Borel is the focus of a post by Zach Kruse at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Tori Gurley joins Diondre Borel in an article by Rob Reischel for Packer Plus.
The Packers defense looks to be stronger this season, says Tyler Dunne.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers says competition is at a high level among the defensive players.
The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove is touched upon by Andrew Garda at Bleacher Report.
An article on Packers alum Willard Harrell appears in Packer Plus.
The crew at JSOnline talk about minicamp in a web video.
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Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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