Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads all NFL players in Pro Bowl balloting with 1.26 million votes. "As a team, the Packers continue to lead the way at most positions, with fullback John Kuhn, tackle Chad Clifton, guard T.J. Lang, center Scott Wells, cornerback Charles Woodson, free safety Morgan Burnett, kicker Mason Crosby and special-teamer Jarrett Bush atop the fan vote," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. Greg Jennings has received the seventh-most votes of all players, but is also behind Detroit's Calvin Johnson among NFC wide receivers.
More on Pro Bowl voting comes from JSOnline.
A little light has been shed into why Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh might have been so mad in that Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers. According to an radio interview in Portland, Oregon with former Packer Matt Brock, who was honored on the field as a Packers alumni for the Raiders game, he said offensive line coach James Campen told Evan Dietrich-Smith to untie Suh's shoes whenever there was a pile. "He untied his shoes three times in the game," Brock is quoted as saying. "That's why he stomped him. That's why he banged his head on the ground and he stomped him." Hilarious.
The word from Packers players is that they want to play in all the remaining games to attempt to go undefeated. "Though players inside the locker room at Lambeau Field have never considered a perfect season to be one of their goals, now that 16-0 is three games away it's starting to become a point of discussion," writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "They want to continue playing and not rest any starters leading into the playoffs." I wouldn't expect the players to say anything else. But will the coaches feel the same way in Week 17? Will they want to expose Aaron Rodgers to an unnecessary hit from Ndamukong Suh in Week 17?
Wednesday was the first day of practice without wide receiver Greg Jennings, who's injured. Attention now turns to what the Packers offense will do without Jennings. "While the 7.7 targets per game that Jennings was averaging will have to go somewhere in the final three regular-season games – Sunday’s game in Kansas City, followed by home games against Chicago on Dec. 25 and Detroit on Jan. 1 – and the Chiefs, Bears and Lions figure to defend the Packers differently sans Jennings, it’s pretty clear to everyone involved that no one player will see a vastly expanded role in Jennings’ absence," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. That being said, if a player like Randall Cobb even has a slightly expanded role, that would be a major difference for a player who doesn't get a ton of playing time on offense.
Rookie linebacker D.J. Smith is featured in an article at the Green Bay Press-Gazette by Pete Dougherty. "The sixth-round draft pick has started the past two games because of injuries and will remain there only until Desmond Bishop comes back from a strained calf, which could be in a week or two," writes Dougherty. "But especially after Smith’s play last week against Oakland, there’s reason to think the undersized rookie has a bright future with the Green Bay Packers." The more experience Smith gets, the better he's going to get.
Offensive lineman Josh Sitton returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday. "It should be pointed out, however, that Sitton took part only in individual drills and has gotten a 'Steady, boy' from the medical staff," writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "So while Sitton was feeling pretty good about things, team physician Patrick McKenzie was prescribing patience." Sitton's return on Sunday may hinge upon whether he can be a full participant in practice.
More on Josh Sitton comes from Packer Report.
A preview of the Packers-Chiefs game appears at CBS Sports.
Several Packers players visited children with cancer.
The NFL renewed their television deal.
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Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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