Lombardi-era linebacker Dave Robinson was named as a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist on Wednesday. "(Curley) Culp and Robinson will join 15 yet-to-be-named modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2013 will be selected," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "The Hall of Fame selection meeting will be held on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans." Robinson was a three-time Pro Bowl player and played for the Packers from 1963 to 1972. A campaign to get offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, led by his daughter Alicia, fell short.
General manager Ted Thompson reiterated his aversion to have HBO's "Hard Knocks" cover training camp in Green Bay. “That’s not something that’s high on our radar,” Thompson is quoted as saying by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette. “I don’t think Mike (McCarthy) and I, either one, feel very comfortable with it. I’m not saying it’s not good for other places. I’m sure it’s a successful television show. We don’t do business that way. … It would be uncomfortable with a camera there.” This year the Miami Dolphins with former Packers assistant Joe Philbin as head coach are the subject of "Hard Knocks." But don't expect them to come to Green Bay in the Thompson era.
Ted Thompson also talked about the possibility of two preseason football games, saying the Packers would adjust if and when the time comes.“We have a system,” Thompson is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “We’ve been playing under the same system for a long time. So you have the four games, and so every coach, every general manager has their idea of what they need to do. I think if it changed, we’d change with it. It’s the way it has been. When I was a rookie there was six preseason games. You guys would love that.” It's going to be difficult to the NFL or the players' union to agree to fewer preseason games with all the lost money, but with all the attention on player health, the idea is gaining traction.
Previews of tonight's Packers-Bengals preseason game including things to watch come courtesy of the Journal Sentinel, Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packers official website, Fox Sports Wisconsin and Bleacher Report.
The Packers defense is analyzed by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel, noting that the starters will be playing together a lot this evening.
Linebacker Robert Francois gets some attention from Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette.
Former Packer Kyle Wachholtz is profiled at Packer Plus.
Attention on the injured reserve and PUP list candidates comes from AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: Former Packers running back Ahman Green joins NBC 26 in Green Bay to talk about his promotion of New Era caps...
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