Packers Daily Links: Levens Part of Lawsuit Against NFL

Packers running back Dorsey Levens files a lawsuit related to the concussions he sustained as a player. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Former runnning back Dorsey Levens, a member of the Packers Hall of Fame, is part of a group comprised of ex-players filing a lawsuit against the NFL. "Levens is a plaintiff in a set of lawsuits filed in federal court in Atlanta that claim the National Football League has hidden the dangers of brain injuries in football," reports Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The suit says Levens had several concussions over his career. This lawsuit is reportedly one of about a half dozen like it filed by former players.

More on Dorsey Levens comes from the Associated Press.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop made a bold statement to the media yesterday. "I know in my mind, I know in my heart, that if I would have played all the games, at the end of the regular season, I'm 100 percent convinced I would have led the league in tackles," Bishop is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "Guaranteed." Bishop says he's healthy and ready to play this weekend in the game against the Bears after missing the last three games with a calf injury.

More on Desmond Bishop comes from Packer Report and Fox Sports.

Dropped passes were an issue in the Packers' first loss of the season and a topic of discussion in the media. "The Packers had five drops in their 19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and three more that were borderline," writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Tight end Jermichael Finley has been the primary culprit with three last week and another that could have been considered a drop. But he wasn’t alone as Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver and James Jones all missed opportunities." It wasn't just the Chiefs game, however. For Finley in particular, this is an issue that's been going on for two or three games now.

More on Jermichael Finley and dropped passes come from the Journal Sentinel, the Associated Press, and Packer Report (subscription required).

Running back Brandon Saine went from a limited to a full participant at practice on Thursday. "Saine left the (Raiders) game in the second quarter and did not return," writes Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. "Now, after missing the Packers’ game at Kansas City, it looks like he’s ready to go. Defensive end Ryan Pickett, who also suffered a concussion against Oakland, hasn’t returned to practice yet. Coach Mike McCarthy said Pickett was in meetings today and 'is getting better.'  Saine is hoping to pick up where he left off, providing a spark as a runner and as a receiver." At the very minimum, Saine will give the Packers more depth at running back than they had against the Chiefs.

The value of T.J. Lang being able to shift from left guard to right tackle is discussed at the Packers official website. "He hadn’t played tackle in a game since his rookie season in 2009, but it was his job now," writes Mike Spofford of, referencing the Chiefs game. "His first snap was a run play and he felt fine. The next snap was a pass play and he could feel his feet getting tangled up a bit, adjusting to his new stance." At least Lang has some past experience at the position, even if it was years ago.

More on T.J. Lang comes from the Journal Sentinel.

Chad Clifton's return to practice is covered by Tyler Dunne.

Randall Cobb and the Wildcat formation are the focus of an article by Jason Wilde of

The Bears' "fake" punt return in Week 3 is recalled by the Press-Gazette.

Punter Tim Masthay's job to contain Devin Hester gets coverage at Packer Report (sub required).

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson's role in the offense is touched upon at JSOnline.

Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett did not practice on Thursday.

The Packers' offensive line has a tall task facing the Bears.

An encouraging sign emerged regarding injured wide receiver Greg Jennings.

A look back at the 19-game winning streak comes from a column in the Press-Gazette.

The Chicago Sun-Times has articles on Greg Jennings.

The Packer Insider section at JSOnline (sub required) has articles on the offensive line, winning streak, first loss and former Packer Bob Monnett.

The Packers are accepting applicants for their business mentorship program.

Video: Packers stock is arriving by mail, from WBAY-TV in Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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December 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

Anybody have any thoughts on Tony Jerod-Eddy, TX A&M?

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December 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Why is he filing that lawsuit in federal court?

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