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Packers Daily Links: Rodgers, Wells Don't Care for NFL Rule Requiring Microphone

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and center Scott Wells expressed their displeasure for the NFL's new rule requiring centers to wear to wear a microphone. "Aaron Rodgers and Scott Wells haven’t actually talked about divvying up the weekly $5,000 fine, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback and center both heard about Baltimore center Matt Birk getting hit in the pocketbook for not wearing the NFL-mandated microphone last week, and they kind of like the idea," writes Jason Wilde. Rodgers and Wells don't like the opposing team having recordings of the quarterback's audibles and cadence.

Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga said he was optimistic about playing on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. "Bulaga, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday, and the Green Bay Packers second-year right tackle said afterward that he expects to be back protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Lambeau Field," writes Jason Wilde of Whether he'll line up at left or right tackle, we don't know. My guess is right tackle.

More on Bryan Bulaga comes from JSOnline, Packer Report and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

New practice squad addition Cecil Newton––brother of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton––spoke to reporters for the first time on Thursday and the conversation invariably turned toward his family. "Cam started growing up and I started growing out," Newton told Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "A lot of people took on to him as the athlete of the brothers. I had to work a lot harder than he did because he was just blessed with some God-given talent inside." Newton will reportedly play the three interior positions on the offensive line.

More on Cecil Newton comes from, the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Packer Report (subscription required).

Mason Crosby is a kick away from tying a franchise record for consecutive field goals without a miss. "Chris Jacke holds the team record with a 17-kick streak in 1993," writes Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press, "and Crosby’s streak is the third-longest active streak in the NFL, behind Atlanta’s Matt Bryant (23) and Detroit’s Jason Hanson (21)." Crosby has 17 touchbacks on the year on kickoffs.

More on Mason Crosby comes from the Press-Gazette and

Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse is featured by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "For three games running - at right and left tackle - red flags have been minimal," writes Dunne. "The 6-foot-4, 319-pounder allowed a pair of sacks to Denver Broncos rookie Von Miller. The next week, the Georgia Dome should have been a house of horrors for Newhouse. The Packers trailed, 14-0, when he supplanted Clifton on the blind side. But Newhouse was nearly flawless. He allowed zero sacks and just one pressure. The offense rolled up 426 total yards."

Additional coverage of Marshall Newhouse comes from the JSOnline blog.

Punter Tim Masthay's statistics don't look good. "He's fifth worst (in the NFL) if you consider his 40.6 gross average and he's second worst if you consider his 30.8 net average." He started off slow last year as well and then really turned it around.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings was added to this week's injury report, though it doesn't appear serious. Injury reports come from, JSOnline and

Linebacker Frank Zombo has a "great chance" of making his season debut on Sunday, according to Fox Sports.

Wide receiver James Jones is featured in an article by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Rookies are the topic of a blog post by Rob Demovsky at

The challenge of facing Rams running back Steven Jackson is detailed by the Packers official website, Associated Press and JSOnline.

Offensive line coach James Campen is proud of his young tackles, according to Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.

Donald Driver is the focus of an article at Packer Report (sub required).

Articles on the Rams secondary and offense are also at Packer Report (sub required).

The Packers talk about their throwback uniforms in a video at

A statistical analysis of Aaron Rodgers appears on the NFC North blog at

Former Packers safety Matt Bowen writes a column on blitzing the Packers at the National Football Post.

The Packers Women's Association holds their annual Food Drive this weekend.

Derek Sherrod is one of 39 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes playing in the NFL.

Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay reports on an upcoming business summit taking place at Lambeau Field...

Small business summit at Lambeau Field:

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

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Charles's picture

That woman's hair is beyond terrible.

Franklin Hillside's picture

I saw it and forgot everything I had just read.

Evan's picture

What's the rationale for this new microphone rule?

CSS's picture

Additional material for NFL films. Maybe I'm wrong, but I get the impression the NFL is trying to get more sophisticated with their marketing by generating more material for programs such as Sound FX and future NFL films programming.

The league is forecasting as much as $21 Billion in revenue a decade from now. To get there, they need to generate as much material from as many sources as possible. Everybody's going to be wearing a microphone at some point.

PackersRS's picture

IMHO it has a lot to do with the NFL Network and the refuse of some providers like TimeWarner to include the network outside a special sports package.

The shift (death) of Total Access also has to do with it.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

What do you mean about TA? I haven't noticed any changes, other than Eisen hasn't been there in a while. Please tell me he's not gone, Andrew Sisiliano sucks, looks like some sort of a woodlandish creature.

PackersRS's picture

Fitz, you make a case about if Andrew Sisciliano sucks, and I'll make a case that he doesn't.

Both of us have 30 seconds. GO!

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Lol. I got ya now. They are doing some super cheesy shit lately. The absolute worst is their "tell the truth" bit, are you F'ing kidding me with that shit? If I never see that again it will be too soon. I really hope Rich is just on a long vacation. Really.

PackersRS's picture

Yep, it's awful.

And IIRC Eisen said in his twitter that he's not doing Total Access anymore...

Evan's picture

I had no idea Masthay's stats were so poor this year. Maybe it's because they're punting so infrequently that he's just flown under the radar.

MarkinMadison's picture

I've noticed, but I was chalking up a lot of it to the coverage units. Someone would have to sit down and look at his hang times and the situations he's been put in before I'd get too down on him.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

I just read something the other day at the PG addressing this. They said not to be alarmed as his hang time is respectable, and the numbers are scewed due to avoiding Hester.

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