Packers Daily Links: Ron Wolf Named Hall of Fame Semifinalist

Wolf joins other Packers Kevin Greene and Clay Matthews Jr. as semifinalists. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "He’s one of 26 semifinalists, joining Bill Parcells, Jerome Bettis and two players with familiar names to Packers fans: outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene and Clay Matthews, the father of the Packers’ outside linebacker by the same name," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. Wolf was the architect for the Packers' 1996 Super Bowl team.

More on Ron Wolf comes from, and JSOnline.

Running back James Starks practiced on Tuesday on a limited basis and had an interesting answer for how he was able to avoid serious injury as his knee and ankle were hurt in this past Sunday's game. "The injuries ended up not being as bad as they initially appeared, and Starks said after taking part in practice on a limited basis Tuesday that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie told him it was in part because he is bowlegged," writes Jason Wilde of According to Starks, if he had straighter legs, he may have torn a ligament.

More on Starks and his bow legs comes from JSOnline, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Packer Report.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked on Tuesday about lessons he learned from last year's loss to the Lions in Detroit. “Slide when you get first downs,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I think it’s important to remember my role on this team. If I’m not taking care of myself, I can hurt this team. If I got the first, I’m probably not going to outrun anybody or make too many guys miss, so make sure I get down pretty quickly.” Rodgers says he doesn't remember much about that particular game last year.

More from Aaron Rodgers appears at Fox Sports Wisconsin.

The challenge of defending Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is examined by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "The Packers sometimes match cornerback Tramon Williams with the opponent’s best receiver, though whether they’ll do that with Johnson remains to be seen," writes Dougherty. "They might feel fine with cornerback Charles Woodson covering Johnson at times also, as long as the 35-year-old Woodson has help over the top, though it’s a good bet the Packers usually will have help over the top against Johnson no matter who’s covering him." Dougherty also looks at the vertical jumps of the Packers' secondary and notes how most of them come up short in relation to Johnson.

More on the Packers covering Calvin Johnson appears at the Packers official website.

While the defense worries about Calvin Johnson, Packers guard Josh Sitton has to deal with defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. An article from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also attempts to identify the reasons for Sitton's relative struggles this season. "If Sitton is indeed hurting, the most important thing for him would seem to be figuring out his limitations and making sure they don't affect the rest of his game," writes Silverstein. "If he can't move as well laterally, he has to figure out a way not to let it affect his other strengths." In addition to Suh the entire offensive line has to deal with Suh and an improved Lions defensive line.

More on the offensive line comes from an article by the Associated Press.

The Packers have sent playoff ticket invoices according to JSOnline, Fox 11 News and the Packers official website.

The 1962 Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game gets some attention from Mike Vandermause in a column for the Press-Gazette and Fox Sports.

More recent Thanksgiving Day Packers history is chronicled at Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Kicker Mason Crosby talks about his recent field goal miss with JSOnline.

Tight end Jermichael Finley talks about being among the NFL's best tight ends with Fox Sports Wisconsin. Packer Report has more on Finley too (subscription required).

Running back Brandon Saine is interviewed by the Press-Gazette.

Practice and injury reports from Tuesday are courtesy of JSOnline, and

The Packers can qualify for the playoffs this weekend. and explain how.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers won the National League MVP on Tuesday. He told his friend Aaron Rodgers to win the NFL's version.

Defensive lineman B.J. Raji was on the NFL Network's Around the League Live.

Third downs are the focus of an article by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.

JSOnline has videos of safety Morgan Burnett and a Packers-Lions preview.

A look at the Detroit Lions comes from Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel (sub required).

From a national perspective, USA Today looks at Thursday's game and the Packers' undefeated record. The Associated Press has a preview as well.

A report card for the Packers' last game is at Packer Report (sub required).

The Packers have press releases on a fundraiser and the NFL's Play 60 program.

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

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