The outlook for Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett contributing against the Jets isn't good. "Though coach Mike McCarthy kept open the possibility of playing defensive ends Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Cullen Jenkins (calf) Sunday, neither is likely to practice this week, which suggests they probably won’t play against the New York Jets," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. If one of them is more likely to play than the other, it has to be Jenkins who practiced in limited fashion Thursday.
Newly acquired defensive tackle Howard Green encountered travel problems trying to reach Green Bay. "What Green went through to be in the Packers’ locker room at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon made what Steve Martin and John Candy endured in 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' look like leisure travel," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin. The word is, it took him 30 hours to reach his destination, all without sleep. And the Packers have only a limited amount of time to get him ready to play by Sunday.
Green is needed to give B.J. Raji a much needed break. "The injuries upfront have taken a toll on Raji, who has been getting an unimaginable amount of snaps the past three weeks, including 65 of a total 68 Sunday night against Minnesota," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The second-year pro has been an anchor in the middle, playing at a level the Packers hoped when they drafted him ninth overall in 2009." To that end, Green figures to play on Sunday despite limited preparation time.
Could Bryan Bulaga keep the starting job even when Mark Tauscher gets healthy? "The Packers don’t have to say whether the job will remain Bulaga’s until Tauscher is back. But barring notable regression in his performance the next couple of weeks, it seems almost inevitable they’ll quietly keep Bulaga in place," writes Pete Dougherty. On the same token, the Packers have no reason to rush Tauscher back.
A report on new addition Eric Walden comes courtesy of Bill Huber of Packer Report. "Walden took some reps at right outside linebacker," writes Huber. "At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, Walden has a better build than the presumed starter, Frank Zombo. Walden had 22.5 sacks at Middle Tennessee State, including 11.5 as a junior in 2006. He’s played in 28 games in the NFL, including Weeks 2 and 3 for the Dolphins this season after failing to make their roster at the end of training camp." It's a toss up whether Walden will be ready to play this weekend.
Running back Dimitiri Nance's role with the Packers is considered by Tom Silverstein. "The task ahead is to balance the number of snaps [Brandon] Jackson gets on running downs with the ones he gets as the third-down back," writes Silverstein. "Jackson is such a good blocker, and an improving receiver, that they hate to take him off the field." That's why Nance saw a few snaps on third downs last week. Expect a handful of the same as time goes on.
Desmond Bishop's solid play since becoming a starter is highlighted by Jason Wilde. "In Bishop’s three starts this season, he’s registered 40 tackles (13 at Washington on Oct. 10, 16 against Miami on Oct. 17 and 11 last Sunday night against Minnesota), one sack (on the Redskins’ Donovan McNabb) and Sunday night’s interception against Minnesota’s Brett Favre, which he returned 32 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the margin of victory," writes Wilde. With Bishop set to become a free agent after the season, the Packers could face a tough decision if Bishop remains healthy.
Turnover issues have been a sore spot for the Packers this season. "The Packers still had some issues with taking care of the ball as quarterback Aaron Rodgers was intercepted twice by Minnesota," writes Tom Fanning of the Packers official website. "It was the fifth time in seven games this season that Green Bay had at least two giveaways, compared to a 2009 season that saw the offense register six games with two-plus turnovers all season. Rodgers has thrown nine interceptions through seven games, compared to seven all of last season." The Jets lead the NFL with a +10 turnover margin this season, which will provide a test for Green Bay.
The Packers passing game is given attention by the Associated Press.
Rex Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are featured in the Wisconsin State Journal.
A column praising Tramon Williams appears at Ol' Bag of Donuts.
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