Just days after being cut to make room for Jordan Miller on the 53-man roster, outside linebacker Vic So’oto was added to the Packers practice squad. “So’oto began his NFL career in Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and made the team out of training camp as a rookie,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. “So’oto was still with the Packers at the start of this season but was released Sept. 10, at which point he signed with the Oakland Raiders and played four games before being waived Nov. 6.” So’oto is familiar with the Packers and their system, so in that sense, he was an ideal candidate to stick around. His future with the Packers remains murky, however.
In the verbal game of poker between Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and the rest of the Packers, Greg Jennings saw Marshall’s bet and raised. “Man, I wish the Bears would play us one-on-one and man to man,” Jennings is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s smart. It’s reverse psychology. I think it’s pretty impressive. So, yeah man, the Bears are always playing Cover-2, man. I think they’re scared not to play Cover-2.” Jennings was responding to Marshall’s comments that the Packers are scared to cover him one-on-one. There’s a lot of bluster building this week. It’s time to take care of it on the field instead of in the media.
Greg Jennings’ future with the Packers may be determined by how he does in the final few games of the season, writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.
The beat goes on with tight end Jermichael Finley and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher as well. Finley said he meant no disrespect. Urlacher called the Packers better off without Finley. And Bears linebacker Lance Briggs called Finley an idiot.
An update on offensive lineman T.J. Lang comes courtesy of Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Lang was listed as limited participation for a second consecutive practice,” writes Huber. “(Mike) McCarthy said Lang looked good, but whether that means Lang will be available for emergency duty, move back to his customary spot at left guard or return to right tackle remains to be seen. McCarthy went out of his way to say he would leave the who’s-playing-where questions for Friday.” Lang’s participation in practice is a good sign that he’ll play. Though nothing is official, the prediction here is that Lang will start at left guard on Sunday.
Some details are provided about defensive lineman C.J. Wilson’s injury by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. “It appears the Packers and Wilson dodged a bullet this time,” writes Dunne. “Wilson’s knee is not sprained. He said it’s ‘just sore.’ The third-year defensive end suffered the injury on the first play of Green Bay’s 38-10 loss to the Giants. In a pile, a defender rolled up on the defensive end. Wilson tried playing through the injury before eventually bowing out after 14 plays.” The Packers could really use Wilson’s services. Wilson was really playing well prior to injury, his best season in the NFL both rushing the passer and stuffing the run.
The college position coach of DuJuan Harris is interviewed at JSOnline to share his perspective on the Packers new running back.
Safety Morgan Burnett was not fined for his unnecessary roughness penalty last week against the Lions and Calvin Johnson.
A feature on receiver and return specialist Randall Cobb comes from Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
Punter Tim Masthay gets some attention at the Packers official website.
Aaron Rodgers‘ photobombing exploits are uncovered at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
An injury report appears at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Video: The guys at the Press-Gazette have their weekly Insiders episode previewing the Bears game…
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 email@example.com.