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Packers Daily Links: Jennings, Newhouse Sustain Concussions

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Packers Daily Links: Jennings, Newhouse Sustain Concussions

The Packers announced injuries to two prominent starters on Sunday evening. "Concussions to both wide receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse kept the two Packers starters out of Sunday night's practice, but coach Mike McCarthy hasn't ruled them out from being able to play in Green Bay's first preseason game on Thursday in San Diego," writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. The silver lining, if there is one, appears to be that neither Jennings or Newhouse looked seriously dazed when their concussions were sustained during the team's Family Night scrimmage on Friday.

More on the concussions come from JSOnline, Green Bay Press-Gazette and PackersNews.com.

Taking the place of Marshall Newhouse in the starting lineup is journeyman tackle Herb Taylor. The Packers signed him off the street late last season when injuries occurred. "Seven months later, Taylor has a full grasp of the system and is healthy," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The Packers are about to find out if a guy who has started just one game and been cut five times in five years in the NFL can play." At this early point in training camp, Taylor is the safer option than rookie Andrew Datko. If Newhouse's concussion was a more serious matter, however, you have to wonder whether it might be in the team's best interest to move Bryan Bulaga to left tackle, T.J. Lang to right tackle and put Evan Dietrich-Smith at guard.

More on Herb Taylor comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com, JSOnline, Press-Gazette, Packers official website and Packer Report.

Select veteran players on the Packers got the evening off from practice during training camp on Sunday evening. "After Saturday’s scheduled day off, (Aaron) Rodgers (eighth season), Charles Woodson (15th), Jarrett Bush (seventh), A.J. Hawk (seventh), Jeff Saturday (14th), Ryan Pickett (12th), Donald Driver (14th), Greg Jennings (seventh) and Anthony Hargrove (eighth) — all players with seven-plus years in the league — took part in meetings throughout the day but did not attend practice and were excused until Monday morning," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. It was notable that linebacker Desmond Bishop and fullback John Kuhn did practice on Sunday after missing so much time early in camp with injuries.

More on veteran-less practice comes from the Journal Sentinel. More on Desmond Bishop's return comes from PackersNews.com.

A feature on rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy is written by Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel, and includes a funny anecdote. "Worthy believes Rodgers studied him a little bit and knew his tendencies," writes Nickel. "He was great out of the blocks at Michigan State, but he also got his share of offsides penalties. So one day as Rodgers and Worthy headed to practice, Rodgers said: 'I'm gonna get you.'" As a guy who's had problems with offsides penalties, it's only going to benefit Worthy to go against Rodgers each day in practice.

An update on the status of tight end D.J. Williams comes from Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. "During the team’s first night practice, however, Williams noticed a twinge occur in his back during an off-balanced block," writes Hodkiewicz. "He told the coaches and training staff before being removed and sitting out during Friday’s Family Night scrimmage." It would be nice to see Williams play in the Packers' first preseason game on Thursday, but it's more important to err on the side of caution.

The Packers announced a time change in their training camp practice schedule. "The team announced Sunday afternoon that three practices – on Sunday, Aug. 12; Monday, Aug. 13; and Tuesday, Aug. 14 – will now kick off at 11:15 a.m," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "The Aug. 12 and 13 practices had been scheduled to be the final nighttime practices of training camp; the Aug. 14 practice had been previously slated for 3:30 p.m."

More on the practice schedule comes from PackersNews.com and the team's official website.

The suspension to defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove could be reduced, according to ESPN.

Running back Alex Green is profiled in articles at the Press-Gazette and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Training camp round-ups come from the Journal Sentinel, Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com and Packer Report.

An article on cornerback Jarrett Bush appears at ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Punter Tim Masthay is the focus of an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.

A column on the Packers tight ends is written by Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.

PackersNews.com gets to know undrafted rookie running back Du'ane Bennett.

AllGreenBayPackers.com looks at video of Marshall Newhouse and Erik Walden.

A couple unheralded players get some attention at Packerpedia.

Video: The Press-Gazette provides footage of drill from Sunday's practice...

Brian Carriveau is the editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Lucky953's picture

Players sitting out with concussions is going to be a huge issue around the league this year.

"There are five different grades into which a concussion can be classified, depending on its severity. A grade I concussion is the least serious and displays only minor symptoms, such as brief confusion. Many people have had a grade I concussion without realizing it. Someone with a grade II concussion typically has symptoms that last longer than fifteen minutes, brief memory loss, and confusion. The more severe grades display some or all of the more minor symptoms, as well loss of consciousness that lasts less than five for grade III, between five and ten minutes for grade IV, and more than ten minutes for grade V.
The classification system determines how quickly the patient can resume normal activities. Injuries on the front of the brain are usually less problematic than those to the back, left side, or right side of the brain."

packsmack25's picture

The paragraph about Herb Taylor starting made me want to barf.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Yes. Barf indeed.

Bearmeat's picture

Newhouse will be back in a week or less probably. I'm sure they're just being cautious. And unless Newhouse gets hurt in the first couple weeks of the season, Sherrod will be back. Both are ok to solid options, with the potential to get much better.

Relax.

Mojo's picture

We can relax for now, but Lucky953's point about concussions is very valid. With the new protocol, the Pack and other teams around the league, may end up losing key players at inopportune times and with much greater frequency than they had in the past.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Finley, Jennings, Newhouse all have been concussed so far. DON'T TELL ME TO RELAX MAN! 8-)

GBP 4 LIFE

woodson4president's picture

If we have to deal with the more strict concussion rules so do all the other teams. I dont see it as something to be worried about.

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