Packers Daily Links: Forrest Gregg Dealing with Parkinson's Disease

Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg is getting treatment for Parkinson's Disease. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Hall of Fame player and later head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Forrest Gregg, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. "Although the cause of the debilitating neurological disorder is unknown, Gregg, his family and his neurologist say his disease may be related to numerous concussions he suffered during his playing career in the 1950s at SMU and from 1956-71 with the Packers and Dallas Cowboys," writes Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press. Gregg had previously overcome melanoma in the 70s and colon cancer about a decade ago.

A video by the Associated Press has more on Forrest Gregg.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Mike Neal has an opportunity to play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "The Green Bay Packers defensive end has been out since a training camp knee and subsequent surgery nearly a month later, but he took on a much larger workload in Wednesday’s practice than he did last week, when he made his return to the practice field," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Neal feels as if he's ready to play. The only concern I have is Neal playing on Sunday and then turning around and playing next Thursday against the Detroit Lions with only three days between games.

More on Mike Neal comes from

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is the inspiration for a discussion about race and stereotypes in football in an article from Jason Wilde of “They underestimate him. And honestly, he uses that to his advantage,” fellow receiver Greg Jennings is quoted as saying. “Seriously … a lot of it has to do with the fact that guys look at him and say, ‘OK, he’s the white guy, he can’t be that good.’ Well, he is that good, he’s proven to be that good and it’s because of the work and the time that he’s put in – not only on the field but in his preparation off the field.” Regardless of color, Nelson is fast and an emerging receiver in the NFL. And he's a big reason for the Packers' current run of success.

More on Jordy Nelson comes from the Press-Gazette and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There's a growing concern about the hits Aaron Rodgers is taking, which Rodgers himself addressed on Wednesday as well as Mike McCarthy. "The 23 sacks Rodgers has absorbed — sixth-most in the league — are troubling enough," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "After all, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s stated goal for the entire season was 24. Big hits like the one dished out by the Vikings’ Jared Allen on a 3-yard scramble during the first possession of the third quarter on Monday are particularly alarming." McCarthy said he doesn't like to see it. In other stores, Rodgers said he's not concerned.

More on Aaron Rodgers and pass protection comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Packers official website and

Aaron Rodgers' assault on the record books continues, and as such, continues to get plenty of media attention. "In a victory Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 80% of his passes for a third consecutive game, raising his NFL-leading season completion percentage to 72.9% (higher if the team didn't have roughly 15 dropped passes)," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. How soon until Aaron Rodgers before talk turns from Rodgers being one of the best quarterbacks in the league to one of the best all time?

More on Aaron Rodgers and his amazing statistical season comes from the Associated Press.

Cornerback Tramon Williams expressed some major concerns about refereeing consistency in the NFL . "There's a lot of question marks out there," Williams said. "Whenever you send things to the league and ask them about a call that they made, they either say that they just missed it or they don't give you anything about it. You figure if they don't give you anything about it, they were probably wrong and just didn't say anything." Also of concern are the rules intended to protect offensive players. Williams is obviously frustrated, and he's not alone.

The local Green Bay media interviewed Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris and quarterback. Writing on the Packers' upcoming opponent comes from, JSOnline, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Packers official website, Press-Gazette, Associated PressPacker Report and Journal Sentinel and Packer Insider (last three subscription required).

Desmond Bishop and T.J. Lang missed practice yesterday due to personal reasons. Practice reports are at, JSOnline and

Several Packers are among the leading vote getters for the Pro Bowl. Posts at JSOnline and

Bart Starr was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Alabama yesterday.

This year's draft class and all of Ted Thompson's draft classes are covered by Rob Reischel of JSOnline's Packer Insider (sub required).

Former running back Mercury Morris of the undefeated '72 Dolphins talks about the undefeated Packers.

The undefeated start to the season by the Packers is analyzed by Fox Sports.

Aaron Rodgers talked to Tampa Bay media about possibility being drafted by the Bucs.

Aaron Rodgers discussed Andrew Luck on ESPN's Mike & Mike yesterday.

Video: The Press-Gazette Insiders crew previews the Tampa Bay game and has some satire on the stock sale...

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

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Cole's picture

November 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Not to be insensitive to a horribly debilatating disease, but is every ex-NFLer going to blame any sort of neurological disease on their playing days? There is legitamacy toward it, of course. But it's ruining the NFL because they are so scared of being sued that they are fining for everything and throwing flags on BS calls. It's a vicious cycle.

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redlights's picture

November 17, 2011 at 01:03 pm

I don't mind the flags for hits that get player's injured; I think too many of the pass interference calls are ticky-tack. Maybe an arm bar for one second is okay, but more than that can be penalized. Seriously, you'd think these receivers are wearing skirts.

Then there's the neutral zone infraction. So the guy jumps offsides; let him get back before the snap and play.

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Evan's picture

November 17, 2011 at 02:14 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the neutral zone rule?

If the defender jumps across, doesn't touch anyone, doesn't prompt an olinemen to jump and gets back before the snap, then it's no penalty, right?

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