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Packers Daily Links: Driver Not Expected to Miss Next Game

Despite having to leave the field due to a knee injury this past Sunday against the Broncos, wide receiver Donald Driver is not expected to miss any further playing time. "Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Donald Driver's knee feels good, and the veteran wide receiver should be able to play in Sunday's game at Atlanta," according to an Associated Press report.

Details of wide receiver Jordy Nelson's new contract extension have become available. "The three-year extension Nelson received is worth $12.6 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The deal places him 27th among all NFL wide receivers in average salary per year at $4.2 million." Attention now turns to other high-profile players such as tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells who have contracts expiring after this season.

More on Jordy Nelson's contract comes from JSOnline, WBAY,, the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Further information on suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly's recent arrest comes from an Associated Press report. "Jolly was arrested with two others during a traffic stop at 1:55 a.m. Saturday," writes Michael Graczyk. "Deputies said they pulled him over after Jolly was seen throwing a bag out a window. The bag wasn't recovered but during the stop Jolly dumped a cup believed to contain codeine on the floorboard. Officers also recovered two bottles believed to contain codeine."

Turnovers have been one of the few bright spots for the Packers defense this season, writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. "Though the Packers’ pass rush hasn’t been dominant like it was at times last season, they have made enough big plays to offset the major chunks of yardage," writes Demovsky. "They rank a respectable 15th in opponent passer rating (88.6) largely because through Sunday’s games they were tied for the league lead with eight interceptions. They picked off Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton three times, including one that Charles Woodson returned for a touchdown."

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers discussed the problems ailing the defense and talked about giving up "yardage in big chunks." Tom Silverstein writes, "Capers didn't specifically single out safety Morgan Burnett, but he didn't have to because Burnett was clearly responsible for two of the biggest plays in the game and another big play that was wiped out by penalty. Of the two plays that did count, one led to a touchdown and the other was a touchdown." The pass rush, which is behind last year's pace as far as sacks go, is touched upon as well.

More on giving up big plays comes from the Packers official website.

A reason for optimism regarding the defense is given by Eric Baranczyk and Cliff Christl in a column for the Press-Gazette. "Go back to last year and the Packers allowed 320 yards or more in six of their first eight games, then gave up that many only once in the last eight," reads the column. "That’s the goal in the NFL: Peak late."

The surprise onside kick from last Sunday's game against the Broncos is examined by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. "Jordy Nelson is not normally on the kickoff coverage team," writes Copeland. "Teams understand personnel packages and will be extra careful if the Packers trot out a random receiver on the coverage unit." I think the onside kick showed an aggressiveness that proved the Packers are out to do a better job than last year during the regular season when they barely sneaked into the playoffs.

Running back Ryan Grant's time missed due to injury appears to be over. "Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said running back Ryan Granthas been cleared by the medical staff after missing Sunday’s game with a bruised kidney," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report.

More on Ryan Grant's injury update comes from Fox Sports, JOnline and

Despite the delays that caused fans to miss the kickoff of Sunday's game versus the Broncos, the Packers have said they'll continue to use metal-detecting wands at the next home game at Lambeau Field. "Metal-detecting wands will remain a part of Lambeau Field security for Green Bay Packers home games, but police and Packers security hope to iron out the glitches that caused several fans to miss the kickoff Sunday," writes Paul Srubas of the Press-Gazette.

More on the security issues and delays comes from the Journal Sentinel, Fox 11 and JSOnline.

Mike McCarthy addresses improvement in an article by Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press.

The Packers' coordinators discuss several issues at JSOnline.

Reaction from cornerback Charles Woodson is at

Charles Woodson is part of an article about NFL secondaries at Packer Report.

The Packers are throwing a pep rally in Atlanta and they named Aaron Rodgers the Hall of Fame Player of the Week.

Video: A fundraiser for the Donald Driver Foundation will be held at Lambeau Field Friday Oct. 14...

An Evening of Elegance:

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email
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Arodg's Mustache's picture

Watching the gam,e when Rodg scored and they showed DD on the ground grasping his knee I thought for sure it was either Finely or Jennings. And I was sure it was serious. (might have been if it was Finely or Jennings but DD has steel in his bones) Wene I caught the number and saw it was DD I was relived and felt for DD at the same time. It was a weird feeling.

Tarynfor 12's picture

Seriously.What the heck was with the carting of Driver off the field?
Then he comes back out to play,which I'm estactic about for obvious reasons but,it makes me question the medical staff of using the cart for an injury that apparently wasn't anywhere near as dire as they made it out to be through that action.
Personally,I would have been fine if Driver stayed out and was later told it wasn't as bad as first thought after the game but,to cart him off and then play like there was nothing at all was wrong...period.
Many will scream at me for this but,they tear their MCLs and walk off.This looked like career ender and was just a splinter.
A "c'mon man" if ever I saw one.

AJKUHN's picture

Apparently his leg went numb from the hit. They did the x rays and saw no real damage, so when the feeling came back he was cleared to play. Though the medical staff suggested he call it a day, but DD doesn't play that way.

Tarynfor 12's picture

That makes me put a thumbs down even more.

packsmack25's picture

I felt awful for Driver because I want him to finish a Super Bowl, but wasn't concerned at all for the offense. Strange feeling. Glad he's just fine though.

Tommyboy's picture

I'm sorry, but is this Nelson signing not an ABSOLUTE STEAL for the Packers? I thought he'd get more than that for sure on the open market.

Johnny name is riddled with irony, isn't it?

Ted, from Bill and Ted's picture

A quick question for the gurus of this most excellent site, but how much of the pass defenses struggles can be attributed to film work? What I mean by that is, I would assume that towards the end of the season the defensive coaches have more film of opposing teams to watch (since more games have been played). With more film to watch, would it then be easier for them to diagnose what plays opposing teams like to run, and when, and how often? And in turn, when they relay this info to the players, could this explain why the Packers D picks up in the second half of the year? Just a thought...

Brian Carriveau's picture

Having more film will certainly help. Head coach Mike McCarthy has said on multiple occasions that the number of unscouted looks their defense receives decreases as the season goes on. What film work doesn't take into account is good performances in pass defense by other teams in the league.

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