Packers Daily Links: Colledge's Status In Doubt

Due to a back injury, Daryn Colledge's streak of 72 consecutive games played is in jeopardy. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Guard Daryn Colledge has played in 72 consecutive games, a streak which could come to an end Nov. 7 at Lambeau Field. "The Packers’ starting left guard had his back lock up on him at practice Wednesday and didn’t practice Thursday, which leaves in doubt his availability for Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. It's been typical Colledge this season, a consistent but not dominant performance week after week. Say what you will about the man, but he's always out there. And if I had to guess, I'd say he'll be out there Sunday.

Jason Spitz could make his first start this season in place of Colledge. "If Colledge can’t go Sunday night, McCarthy could start veteran Jason Spitz, who has started 47 career games but has only seen spot duty this season, including a few snaps against the New York Jets last Sunday when Colledge lost his shoe and needed to have his ankle re-taped," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "McCarthy said T.J. Lang has also taken snaps at left guard in practice." I think it's interesting to note that Bryan Bulaga is not an option at left guard despite spending most of training camp at the position.

Fox has protected two Packers games late this season. "Fox Television has protected the Green Bay Packers’ games at Minnesota (Nov. 21) and home against the New York Giants (Dec. 26), according to an NFL source, meaning they can’t be moved to the NBC Sunday night prime time game as flex scheduling allows in Weeks 11-17," reports Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. It remains possible, though maybe not likely, that other Packers games could possibly be moved to the Sunday Night Football slot.

Cornerback Al Harris remains in the dark whether he'll be available to play on Sunday. "The Green Bay Packers veteran cornerback still hasn’t been told if he’ll be activated from the physically unable to perform list for Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field, and with the emergence of replacement Tramon Williams, Harris acknowledged that he might not be back in 2011," writes Wilde. It's too early to say whether Harris will be back or not. The 2010 season needs to play out first.

Safety Atari Bigby is in the same boat. He said he doesn't know what the team will do but is preparing as if he'll play. Charlie Peprah was asked for his reaction by the Associated Press. "I don't know what they're going to do," Peprah told the AP. "Technically, it was his spot before he went down, so you can't even be mad. Whatever they ask, that's what I want to do. We'll see what happens." Is there any possibility, however remote, Peprah plays on running downs and Bigby on passing downs? Probably not.

As for rookie running back James Starks, it's anybody's guess. "The Packers could release him and try to re-sign him to their practice squad, but they weren’t the only team who liked Starks leading up to the draft," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "Putting him on injured reserve means he can’t practice." Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel writes that Starks has even practiced kick returns, for what that's worth.

Silverstein also goes in depth on punter Tim Masthay's performance last weekend, including his final superb punt. "Masthay capped a stunning eight-punt performance with a high, end-over-end punt that landed 41 yards away and bounced out of bounds at the New York Jets 23-yard line," writes Silverstein. "Facing 77 yards ahead of them for a go-ahead touchdown, the Jets netted minus-1 on the ensuing drive and Crosby put the final stake in their heart with a field goal." Silverstein continues to note how it was a Australian-style "drop" punt, which is worth a read if you don't know how that type of kick works.

Cornerback Sam Shields is featured in an article by Silverstein, noting the rookie's solid play. "The 5-11, 184-pound Shields might be the fastest player on the field, and while his cornerback skills are still a work in progress, his speed always weighs in his favor," writes Silverstein. "Before hurting his calf, he had his ups and downs, but since returning against Miami, he hasn't given up any touchdowns, committed any penalties or been thrown at all that much." He's really done a fantastic job that is really underrated.

The dangers of Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware are warned at the Packers official website. "Ware ranks tied for second in the NFL this season (behind only Green Bay’sClay Matthews’ 9.5) with eight sacks in seven games," writes Tom Fanning at Packers.com. "Since he entered the league in 2005 as a first-round pick out of Troy, Ware has posted more sacks (72.5) than any other player in the NFL over that span, while ranking tied for second in forced fumbles (22) behind only Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis. In 2008, he recorded a league-leading 20 sacks, and he's one of only seven players since 1982 to hit the 20-sack plateau."

Rookie tight end Andrew Quarless says he'll physically be able to play on Sunday, at the JSOnline's blog.

James Jones' inconsistencies are noted by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.

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davyjones's picture

November 05, 2010 at 08:01 am

Does that mean Quarless might not MENTALLY be able to play?

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:19 am

Ha, that's exactly what I thought and came down here to say!

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PkrNboro's picture

November 05, 2010 at 10:28 am

you guys are great...

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CSS's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:16 am

"Say what you will about the man, but he's always out there..." (Reference to Colledge)

There are many series and/or games that's all I can say about Colledge. He's the James Jones of offensive lineman (flash then flush)in terms of consistancy. After this year, there needs to be a better option developed internally or available externally. He drives me insane with pre-snap errors and inability to get to the 2nd level.

For me, this is the guy I want to cut bait with. I appreciate his longevity, the inconsistancy drives me nuts.

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PkrNboro's picture

November 05, 2010 at 10:44 am

Colledge plays with very poor leverage. Since he's not as big or as strong as an opposing defensive tackle, he's pushed back and upright and plays on his heels -- eliminating the use of any strength in his legs.

His hand technique is non-existent -- I'm pretty sure you can latch on to an opponent, if your hands are on the numbers (or thereabouts). Colledge plays with his forearms

This results in...
a collapsing passing pocket -- which makes Rodgers nervous
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Colledge being where the runner should be, allowing for a tripped runner, a no gain rush, or a tackle for loss.

Colledge is the polar opposite of Sitton. How Colledge can continue this game after game, when his counterpart has success boggles my mind. Isn't there a coach that could point this out ???

Let's see what Lang can do !

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bogmon's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:29 am

Glad you mentioned Shields.

Last week he had an unbelievable sideline to sideline pursuit and tackle that blew my mind.
It was an Incredible Flash moment...

His unexpected and great play may be the reason we never see Al Harris in a Packer uniform again.

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PackerAaron's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:35 am

That tackle on Brad Smith was unbelievable.

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packsmack25's picture

November 05, 2010 at 11:04 am

Any way you could find and cut up that video so we can ooh and ahhh?

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Idiot Fan's picture

November 05, 2010 at 10:34 am

It's funny how, back in April, everyone was very concerned that we didn't draft any corners and kept wondering why TT kept drafting defensive lineman. Now we can barely field a healthy Dline, and we're struggling to find a place for Al Harris. I'm not saying TT knew that he could find a Shields and that we would have all these injuries on the Dline, but it's interesting how it has worked out.

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jay's picture

November 05, 2010 at 11:28 am

Was Shields on Holmes when he cut across the middle towards the end of the game, was wide open for potentially a touchdown, and just dropped the ball? I'm not asking this as a slam on Shields, I'm just curious if I remember this right.

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PackerAaron's picture

November 05, 2010 at 11:43 am

Yes, that was Sheilds' man.

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aussiepacker's picture

November 05, 2010 at 04:51 pm

yeah from memory he got a bump from braylon edwards which gave holmes that seperation.

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Esox's picture

November 05, 2010 at 08:20 pm

To me that was the most impressive play of the game. Not the most important, but it was jaw dropping. I don't know that I've seen anyone in Green & Gold show that kind of speed in...well...ever. Honestly. I'd love to see a replay.

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WoodyG's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:46 am

Shields will get a pick-6 yet sometime before the end of the season ..... I'd like it to be from goal-line to goal-line so his speed can be on display ..... No wonder so many teams wanted to sign him after the draft.

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CSS's picture

November 05, 2010 at 09:55 am

But nobody wanted to sign him after the draft as a corner back. They pursued him as a return ace and a gunner. Nobody, and I mean nobody (including the Packers) thought he had this kind of apptitude and accelerated learning curve at the corner position.

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WoodyG's picture

November 05, 2010 at 10:08 am

True ..... NFL teams have all the 'bells & whistles' & even boast about their extensive analysis of potential talent, but yet GB may very well have a potent CB tandem for years coming from two undrafted players (once Woody calls it quits) ..... Makes the whole draft process look even more fallible .....

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Tarynfor 12's picture

November 05, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Assholes aren't they all.how dare they disagree.

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bomdad's picture

November 05, 2010 at 10:46 am

My money is on a Shields fumble return because that does not involve catching the ball :)

That was a great angle and tackle on Brad Smith, totally bailed out Clay's inside collapse. He played heavier than 185 on that play.

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Oppy's picture

November 05, 2010 at 06:14 pm

I don't think there is any reason to think Shields can't pick off a ball. He was a WR after all.

Fielding a punt or Kick off is a whole different beast than catching a pass out of the air. And, most pro players will tell you that it's also one of the most difficult things to do in the sport.

That's the main reason teams often have return specialists as opposed to just using any WR or RB. It's not fear of injury, it's lack of aptitude when it comes to catching those damn things.

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Asshalo's picture

November 05, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Glad fox kept the games put. I like prime-time games, but they get me so wired it's hard to go to bed afterwards

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hyperRevue's picture

November 05, 2010 at 01:15 pm

haha. Truth.

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TPacker's picture

November 06, 2010 at 07:33 pm

word.

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Doug In Sandpoint's picture

November 05, 2010 at 06:00 pm

Maybe off topic a bit but check out The Onion's treatment of the Cowboys to get ready for Friday night.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/nation-taking-no-joy-in-cowboys-patheti...

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Tarynfor 12's picture

November 06, 2010 at 12:00 am

Incredible.the minds who looked for judgement of their peers and found nothing to substantiate they very own.

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CSS's picture

November 06, 2010 at 08:25 am

What are you even talking about?

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Tarynfor 12's picture

November 06, 2010 at 09:45 am

Absolutely nothing,but the best part is you taking the time to read it and respond.Since you infer I make no sense to you ever,I'll just reply to you with senseless banter and waste your time.The fact that as hard as you will try to skip over my comments,you can't and won't and that makes me Happy.

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WoodyG's picture

November 06, 2010 at 01:42 pm

What ever you do, don't quit your day job .....

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