Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings acknowledged in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that 2012 could be his last season with the Green Bay Packers. "This is my last year with the Packers under contract," Jennings told reporter Tom Silverstein. "That's my mind-set. I'm not thinking about (the) contract. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I have to make sure I go out there and do what I've been doing for six solid years here to get myself a chance to play somewhere." Jennings is set to become a free agent after this season, and while there's the possibility that he could sign a contract extension at any time, there's no guarantee that he will.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji missed the Packers practice session on Monday, but there's reason for optimism that he'll return to action soon. "Raji sat out Monday's workout with a sprained ankle suffered against Kansas City Thursday night, but he did some running in the Don Hutson Center and said afterward that he's doing better," writes Tom Silverstein. "He would not say whether he was a lock to play against the 49ers, but it's clear that his injury wasn't as bad as it could have been." Fellow defensive lineman Ryan Pickett returned to practice on Monday after missing the final preseason game with a calf sprain, so the position is getting healthier little by little, which is good news heading into the season opener.
The Packers finalized their practice squad with the addition of offensive lineman Chris Scott who spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He’s had an up-and-down start to his NFL career," writes Wes Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com. "He played in only two games his rookie year after breaking his foot and starting the season on the physically unable to perform list. Last year, he spent a little time on the active roster, but was primarily on the Steelers’ practice squad." After keeping the unusually low number of seven offensive lineman on their 53-man roster, the Packers kept three linemen on their practice squad with Scott, Andrew Datko and Greg Van Roten.
The Packers' season opener against the 49ers is only five days away, but jobs in the secondary are still up in the air, or at least the players and coaches aren't letting anyone know what their plans are. "The questions that were at issue throughout training camp apparently remain: Who'll start opposite Williams at the other cornerback spot in the base defense? Which of the team's young safeties will come in for Woodson in the nickel and dime packages? And who'll serve as the sixth defensive back in the dime?" asks Jason Wilde in an article for the Associated Press. It appears as if the Packers will keep these decisions secret as much as possible until the first game, so as not to tip their hat to their opponent. Reporters are not allowed at practice for any more than warm-ups, so any news that appears will come from the release of a depth chart or what the coaches and players choose to tell the media.
The past of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his time at Butte College is uncovered in an article by the Associated Press.
The risky proposition of keeping only seven offensive lineman on the Packers' roster is examined in an article by Jason Wilde.
The readiness of running back Cedric Benson despite limited practice time is detailed in an article at the Press-Gazette.
The role of wide receiver Randall Cobb is considered at Packerpedia.
The offense is the focus of an article at the Packers official website.
The "Join Aaron" campaign by Prevea Health is detailed in an interview at the Press-Gazette.
A column on the Packers appears in the Marquette University student newspaper.
Video: The fence is painted and the Lambeau Field area gets ready for the regular season, from Fox 11...
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