According to a report from the Associated Press, "The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White." White helped fund a "smash-for-cash" program that reportedly paid $500 for big plays and big hits. The Packers' incentive program is cited as an argument against the NFL and their suspensions handed down to several New Orleans Saints players from 2009 to 2011 and the now infamous "Bountygate" program.
Two big name Packers players returned to practice on Thursday in advance of their upcoming game on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. "On Wednesday, B.J. Raji didn’t practice and Aaron Rodgers essentially didn’t practice," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "On Thursday, Raji (ankle) returned in limited fashion and Rodgers (calf) was a full participant." The Packers are obviously better with Rodgers and Raji in the lineup than without, but Raji remains the more serious injury of the two. Rodgers will play on Sunday without question, but Raji's status still might be up in the air. Either way, Raji's practice participation was at least a step towards getting healthy.
Head coach Mike McCarthy had words of praise for tight end Jermichael Finley on Thursday. "First off, for Jermichael even to play in the game I think says a lot about him," McCarthy is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of JSOnline. "I know the training staff didn’t think he was going to be able to play after his exam Sunday and even Monday morning (prior to the Houston game)." Kudos to Finley for coming back from injury. That is certainly admirable. As for his drops and his diarrhea of the mouth, that's another matter.
More on Jermichael Finley comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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