It's not looking good that cornerback Sam Shields will play in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Shields originally injured his leg during the Houston Texans game a month or so ago. "Shields said it was fair to characterize the injury as a high ankle sprain," writes Silverstein, "which in most cases takes much longer to heal than a traditional sprain on the outside of the ankle and explains why he has missed three games and probably will miss a fourth this week." Cornerback is one position in which the Packers seem to be able to afford an injury. They should be in decent shape without Shields as they can rely upon Casey Hayward, Davon House, Tramon Williams and Jerron McMillian as Shields is allowed to heal.
More on Sam Shields comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
CBS's 60 Minutes responded to Aaron Rodgers' recent criticism of his portrayal via a statement to local press. "Aaron Rodgers was never taken out of context and most anybody portrayed as he was on ‘60 Minutes’ would have been flattered by the story," said Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of 60 Minutes, as quoted by Bob Wolfley of the Journal Sentinel. "It was fair and accurate and it was obvious we got it right when we reported that he tends to be overly sensitive." I understand Rodgers' beef that his work with the MACC Fund wasn't even mentioned on the show, but to take exception to the editing of his comments about bounties in the NFL seemed unnecessary. Obviously 60 Minutes can't show everything they filmed in its entirety. Editing decisions must be made, but yes, Rodgers is coming off as extra sensitive.
Talk of covering Calvin Johnson this week has prompted a war of words between Packers cornerback Tramon Williams and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. In an article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Williams called himself "Optimus Prime," a reference to the Transformers movies and cartoons. Williams made mention that the Seahawks struggled with Johnson. "Yeah, we were pushed around to the tune of 46 yards, I believe," Sherman responded in an interview with the NFL Network's NFL AM. "Not too much pushing. I don't understand that shot, he took a shot at us. Last I checked, we've never given up 250 yards to anybody (close to Megatron's tally against Williams and the Packers in a meeting last season). We barely give that up in a game. To give that up to one player, I mean that was the last time they played him I believe. I don't really know if he'd be the one (to) come talk to us about playing coverage." Yes, this mini-feud is silly. Most cornerbacks have difficulty covering Johnson. Williams can let his performance do the talking on Sunday.
The challenge of covering the Lions' other receivers is touched upon at JSOnline.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is looking like a good bet to play on Sunday, and in interviews with the media on Thursday, he talked about his recovery from recent injuries. "While healthy players were allowed to leave town for their week off for the bye, Nelson was among the injured who were required to stay behind for treatments," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "He said both his ankle and his hamstring are better as a result." Nelson has been categorized as limited in practice this week, but by Sunday, it would seem likely he'll be ready to play against the Lions.
More on Jordy Nelson comes from JSOnline.
Wide receiver James Jones revealed during an interview that teams stayed away from his in free agency following the 2010 season because of his drops. "As luck would have it, he was a free agent the following off-season," writes Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. "Point blank, NFL teams told Jones' agent they didn't want him because of the drops. To them, the drops defined Jones." And yes, if you haven't heard, Jones hasn't dropped a single pass yet this season. No doubt about it, Jones is having the best season of his career.
More on James Jones comes from Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
A progress report on Derek Sherrod comes from the Press-Gazette.
The Lions are preparing to deal with Aaron Rodgers, writes Alex Marvez.
The podcast by Tyler Dunne and Bob McGinn is up at JSOnline.
Wondering if the Packers can reach the Super Bowl is Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
The injury to Bryan Bulaga hurts "big-time," says Dan Arkush at Pro Football Weekly.
Video: The NBC affiliate in Green Bay talks to Desmond Bishop about coming back from his injury...
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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