The injury situation was so bad on Wednesday, the Packers shortened practice. The status of the wide receivers on the Packers is particularly concerning. “(Greg) Jennings had been Green Bay’s only injured wide receiver this season, but both Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and Donald Driver (neck) were unable to make it through Wednesday’s practice,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. The severity of the injuries sustained by Nelson and Driver is still largely unknown. They’ll be monitored throughout the week. It’s also worth noting that offensive linemen T.J. Lang (elbow) and center Jeff Saturday (neck) were added to the injury report too.
With news that Greg Jennings is seeking a second opinion on his injured groin, there appears to be little hope that he’ll be available for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. “The Packers had hoped to put Jennings through a workout today to determine whether he could practice Friday and possibly play Sunday against Jacksonville, but that plan most likely has been shelved,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Now, there is no timetable for when Jennings could return.” The Packers have made no definitive determination, but it’s looking more and more likely that Jennings will be held out at least through the Packers’ bye week.
Kicker Mason Crosby has reportedly tweaked his approach on long-distance field goals in which he’s only hit one-of-four from 50-plus yards this season. “I went out in practice today and I just worked on some long field goals and hitting it and seeing it go through, seeing that I don’t have to overswing to hit the ball long,” Crosby is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. “My leg strength is going to get it there, make sure I have good tempo, make sure the timing with us is solid and hit good balls.” Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said Crosby was hurrying his field goals. Personally, I’d rather see Crosby take the exact same approach and come up short than hit those ugly knuckleballs that have no chance of being good.
The possibility of Aaron Rodgers winning back-to-back MVP awards is broached by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. “There’s still too much season remaining to pay too close attention to MVP handicapping, but it’s safe to say Rodgers has moved into the thick of the race one week before the halfway point of the Packers’ season,” writes Dougherty. Obviously, the winner of the MVP Award will be determined by how Rodgers and the rest of the player perform down the stretch, but the Packers quarterback is getting hot at the right time. With two consecutive games at home before the bye week, there’s an opportunity to really build some momentum both for the Packers and Rodgers’ MVP campaign.
More on Aaron Rodgers comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The Packers special teams are the focus of an article at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb and his role on offense is examined in an article at the Journal Sentinel.
The potential of the Packers winning the Super Bowl is touched upon in a column at the Press-Gazette.
The task of facing the Jaguars is featured by Fox 11 in Green Bay.
An update on Derek Sherrod and the PUP list is given at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson are among the 10 “most liked” players in the NFL, according to Forbes.
The weekly stock report is up at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun are planning a benefit to aid the families of victims of the recent Brookfield shooting.
Lands’ End is creating a Packers clothing line.
Video: The crew at the Press-Gazette take their weekly look at the Packers…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email email@example.com.