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Packers Daily Links: Cecil Newton Released from Practice Squad

The Packers waived offensive lineman Cecil Newton, brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, from their practice squad, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The transaction took place Saturday but wasn't announced by the team," writes McGinn. With running back Alex Green being lost for the season due to injury and an opening on the practice squad, there should be a couple roster moves made in the near future.

Head coach Mike McCarthy discussed an issue with the Packers defense giving up too many big plays to opponents. "According to STATS LLC, the Packers have given up 36 plays of 20 or more yards, ranking them as second-worst in the NFL behind the New England Patriots (40)," writes Jason Wilde of Linebacker Desmond Bishop had perhaps the quote of the day saying it felt weird in the locker given that the Packers are 7-0, but it didn't feel like it.

More on the Packers defense and their room for improvement comes from the Journal Sentinel and the Packers official website.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers expressed disagreement with the roughing the passer penalty on linebacker Clay Matthews from Sunday's game. "Capers and the Packers coaching staff will send that play to the NFL and have it reviewed by officials," reports Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Packers thought it to be a clean hit that was neither at Christian Ponder's head nor below the knees, both of which would be an infraction.

Cornerback Tramon Williams appears to be okay after landing on his shoulder during the fourth quarter of the Vikings game. "Williams might have lingering soreness in his injured shoulder for the rest of the season, but the fall he took on it Sunday against Minnesota suggests he’s  over the hump in his recovery," writes Pete Dougherty at With every passing week, it looks as if Williams is becoming more aggressive and spends more time jamming receivers, an indication that his shoulder is feeling better all the time. The bye week should only help.

The Packers running game is examined by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "They came into Week 7 ranked 24th in rushing yards per game," writes Demovsky. "With how much firepower they have in the passing game, the Packers don’t necessarily need bulk yardage on the ground. A more telling statistic, though, was their rushing average, which at 3.8 yards per carry, ranked 27th out of the 32 NFL teams. While Starks finished Sunday’s game with 75 yards on 13 carries (a 5.8-yard average), their total of 114 yards on 26 carries was an average of just 4.4 yards per rush."

Alex Green's season-ending injury is covered by the Press-Gazette, Associated and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Mike McCarthy's comparison of Aaron Rodgers to Joe Montana gets some attention at the Packers official website and

Tramon Williams answered some questions about having Nick Collins on the sidelines for Sunday's game.

Items related to how the Packers approach the bye week are listed at Packer Report.

Quotes from the Packers coordinators are posted at JSOnline.

An interview with Desmond Bishop is at JSOnline as well.

Analysis of the Packers-Vikings game comes from the Journal Sentinel (subscription required), Fox Sports Wisconsin and Press-Gazette.

Packers fans have given the business to Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.

A shuttle is running from Milwaukee to Packers home games.

A quick item on Wayne Larrivee's "Dagger Wear" is in the Sheboygan Press.

A slideshow of pictures from the Packers, Vikings game is at

Mason Crosby was named the Packers Hall of Fame Player of the Week.

A panorama photo from Sunday's Packers game appears at JSOnline.

Video: From Fox 11 in Green Bay, there's pressure on the Packers...

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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dullgeek's picture

Hmmm... New England and Green Bay are worst and 2nd worst in that statistical category. Yet they seem to be universally regarded as the 2nd best and best teams (respectively) in the NFL.

Perhaps that stat doesn't mean as much as it would seem? That seems to track the "bend". I wonder what stat would go along with that to track the "but don't break" part.

MarkinMadison's picture

Points allowed. Packers #10 in that category. Good, not great.

John R.'s picture

Clay Matthews flag on that clean hit is making national news. Cris Carter went on a rant about it on Mike and Mike. Agreed completely.

That Robison story is hilarious. It does make a difference to me that he immediately owned up to it though.

jaydubya's picture

Super Bowl XXVI is in the bag if this keeps up ...
"it felt weird in the locker given that the Packers are 7-0, but it didn't feel like it"

jaydubya's picture

ack, meant to type " XLVI "

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