The fallout continues from actions stemming from the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game. "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is expected to be suspended at least two games for shoving Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head, stomping on him and then not owning up to it in his post-game comments, league sources told ESPN," according to a report on ESPN.com. The report also says the Lions will fine Suh the maximum allowable $25,000.
More on the possible Ndamukong Suh suspension comes from Packer Report.
Cornerback Tramon Williams is the focus of an article by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com describing how his play has elevated since an early-season shoulder injury. "He’d looked more and more like himself in the games leading up to the Packers’ 27-15 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field – a physical, form tackle on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson on Oct. 23, interceptions in each of the previous three games, including two against Tampa Bay on Nov. 20," writes Wilde. And the job Williams did against Detroit's Calvin Johnson is deserving of particular mention. As Wilde notes, Johnson unofficially only had one catch with Williams in coverage on him.
In an article that's been a long time coming, Packers director of research and development Mike Eayers is featured in an article by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He goes much deeper," writes Nickel. "For instance, Eayrs tracks the referees and their calls. Even though they're probably all similar, he knows which crew might be more lenient with what they'll allow and which crew likes flag football now and then." This information is then shared with the coaches and players. But his work doesn't stop there. Highly suggested reading.
Backup inside linebackers D.J. Smith and Robert Francois get some attention in an article by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "The Packers realized a doomsday situation — or so most thought — in Detroit as Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk went down with injuries — Bishop in the first quarter and Hawk in the third," writes Copeland. Most fans know the story by now. Smith and Francois stepped in admirably, and the Packers won.
It doesn't appear as if former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will play for the Houston Texans. "Hours after backup Texans quarterback Matt Leinart went down with a season-ending injury, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King discussed the Favre-to-Houston issue during NBC’s Football Night in America and slammed the idea from both angles," writes Nick Matthews of the Houston Chronicle. The two angles are that Houston doesn't want Favre, and Favre doesn't want to play anyway.
The Packers' undefeated record is examined from a historical perspective by Fox Sports who notes their next game is at the New York Giants. "That is where the Patriots rallied for a 38-35 win over the Giants on the final weekend of '07 to become the first team to go 16-0 in regular-season play," according to an article. "The Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl that year to keep New England from going 19-0."
The NFL's trade deadline could be moving to later in the season.
Video: This story on linebacker Erik Walden's arrest is from Friday, but it's notable because today is the earliest he'll be free from jail...
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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