On Wednesday Packers cornerback Tramon Williams returned to practice for the first time since suffering a shoulder bruise against New Orleans in the season opener. "Williams was very limited in practice and still faces day-after stiffness and the prospect of practicing in pads Thursday," reports Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "His return was the first step in a process to getting him back on the field for the Chicago game Sunday." Williams would appear to be ready to start on Sunday against the Bears as long as he doesn't have any setbacks.
More on Tramon Williams comes from PackersNews.com.
Safety Charlie Peprah reassured Packer Nation that he's up to the task to replacing injured Nick Collins. "I think that's the thing you've got to know: I'm not going to go out there and make things look the way Nick made it look," Peprah told Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. "But I'm going to get the job done, and I'm going to do it right, and I'm going to make plays. So, that's just the mind-set, go in and pick up where he left off. Keep the train moving."
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is faring pretty darn good this season when under a little pressure. "In two games this season, Rodgers again ranks number one against the blitz with an almost unheard of mark of 144.6 when teams pressure with five or more players or rush a defender who is not lined up on the line of scrimmage, as defined by STATS," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. The article goes on to explain how the Packers are facing the Bears this week, a team that does a pretty good job bringing pressure with only their front four defenders.
The Packers, though, are expecting to see tweaks from the Bears compared to the three times they saw them last season, according to Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "As winners of the title game and two weeks later Super Bowl XLV, the Packers can assume that Smith and his staff are going to adjust their game plan to account for the times coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers got the better of them," writes Silverstein. Of particular mention was the way wide receiver Greg Jennings slanted the Bears to death to the tune of 130 yards in the NFC Championship game.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was abrupt with the local Wisconsin media on Wednesday when asked to rehash the last time he faced the Packers in the NFC Championship and the fallout he faced after exiting the game. "A terse, seven-minute conference call on Wednesday with reporters who cover the Packers ended with three straight one-word answers of 'no' when asked whether he was offended by what people said, surprised at the backlash and hurt that it came more from other players than media or fans," writes Rob Demovsky.
The Packers pass defense has given up a ton of yards in the early going, a trend that many other teams in the NFL are facing as well. "Things are so bad not even the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers can slow down opposing passing attacks," writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal. "In fact, the Packers are last in the 32-team league in passing yards allowed after surrendering 800 through the air in victories over New Orleans and Carolina." Dead last. That's not good, but on the bright side, the Packers are 2-0.
Now the Packers face another pass-happy team on Sunday. "The Packers’ pass defense ranks last in the league after back-to-back 400-yard outputs by Drew Brees and Cam Newton," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "Given the Bears’ offensive approach, there’s little reason to believe quarterback Jay Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz won’t go on the attack from the start. In two games, Cutler has thrown 77 passes and been sacked 11 times. Those 44 attempts per game are tied for fifth-most in the league. Meanwhile, the running backs have gotten just 37 carries. All told, the Bears have dropped back to pass on 69.3 percent of their snaps."
The Bears have been a tough opponent for Aaron Rodgers, according to Packer Report (subscription required).
Mistakes could determine the outcome of Sunday's game, so says Mike Spofford of Packers.com.
Running back Alex Green has altered his shoes, which have helped his Achilles injury.
The Packers are facing an offensive line with pass protection issues.
Former Packer Brandon Underwood has a trial coming up.
Former Packer Dorsey Levens' movie gets some publicity in the New York Daily News.
A feature on a Packers fan that travels by buggy appears in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.
An update on the Packers fan fired for wearing a Green Bay tie following last year's NFC Championship is at NFL.com.
A preview on the Packers-Bears game comes from the Associated Press.
The absence of Nick Collins is discussed in a video at JSOnline.
Punter Tim Masthay is preparing to face Bears returner Devin Hester.
Aaron Rodgers discusses the poor Soldier Field turf.
Video: In their weekly Insiders video, the gang at the Press-Gazette preview the Bears game...
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