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Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:45am
Even with surprisingly good recall of the Packers’ playbook after his time in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo, Matt Flynn still had only a limited menu of plays and wasn’t always certain of the play he was running (against the Lions).
“I’m definitely looking forward to getting some work in this week and getting some timing down and running a few of the plays I wasn’t as familiar with. But that’s no excuse. I knew where people were supposed to be and I knew the plays we were running,” Flynn said. “[It’s a matter of] just getting time with the receivers, getting timing down with some of the new plays we have here that I haven’t necessarily really run in practice, just getting timing down and getting the communication down with the O-line and the running backs and things like that – all the little things you miss out not being here a while. Just getting back on that rhythm.”
Calvin Johnson having fluid drained from his knee
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:36am
During the Fox broadcast of the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day win over the Packers, sideline reporter Erin Andrews said she was told by general manager Martin Mayhew that Calvin Johnson had been getting fluid drained from his knee throughout the season.
It’s been the organization’s policy not to discuss injuries publicly, so coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t about to shed any more light on the situation.
“You know me, the answer is no, no and no,” he said. “I wasn’t around or watching TV during those reports.”
Still, he did not deny it. Talking generally about players and what they go through to play each week, Schwartz said, “I don’t know that (fluid draining) is unusual for players in the NFL. This goes back as long as I’ve been here or maybe as long as I’ve been in the NFL. There are a lot of players that have stuff like that required to get them to game day.
“But I don’t comment on any individual player’s injury situation.”
It sounds as if this has been going on for a while now, so owners shouldn't be too concerned about this given Johnson's production this season.
Aaron Rodgers not yet cleared, will practice
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:55pm
Matt Flynn will take first team reps to prep for Week 14, so it doesn't seem like Rodgers will play, but he's not ruled out and continues to be limited. The bit of good news to take out of this is it doesn't seem like the Packers plan to put Rodgers on IR, at least right now. In fact, McCarthy strongly denied that report and said when Rodgers is cleared he will play. Rodgers also said he wanted to get back out on the field when he is cleared. He's worth keeping on your roster through the playoffs at this point, but his chances look pretty slim for getting on the field in Week 14.
Aaron Rodgers to get scans on collarbone
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 9:35am
Team doctors will evaluate the results, discuss them with Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy. A determination is expected to be made later Tuesday as to whether Rodgers will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike McCarthy's presser on Monday was pushed back to Tuesday afternoon, so we should find out about Rodgers later today. A story came out yesterday that doctors are looking to play it very cautious with Rodgers rather than risk putting him back out there before he's ready. The Packers feel they need to win out to even have a chance at the playoffs, so they very well may think shutting him down for the season is in everyone's best interest - except for fantasy owners of course. Stay tuned...
Docs prefer conservative approach to Aaron Rodgers
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 9:02pm
Five weeks removed from cracking his left collarbone, Rodgers will be re-examined this week and league sources tell ESPN that it will take a strong consensus from doctors and the team's hierarchy to return him to the playing field next Sunday against the Falcons.
The Packers are 0-4-1 in games Rodgers did not start and finish and they no longer control their playoff destiny, so the return of the star QB is vital. Rodgers has reinforced his determination to return, but sources say doctors prefer a conservative approach and other Packers decision-makers are conflicted, especially without a lot of confidence the team is in position to make a Super Bowl run. We will know more this week as far as his Week 14 status goes. The Packers play Atlanta and Dallas the next two weeks, two juicy matchups for playoff time
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 11:20am
Jim Schwartz gave embattled kicker David Akers a public vote of confidence after he missed his fifth kick of the season in Thursday’s 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, but the Detroit Lions are planning to work out kickers next week as they weigh their options at the position.
Akers, who signed a one-year deal to replace long-time kicker Jason Hanson in April, has made just 15 of 20 field-goal attempts this year and the Lions rank 29th in the league in field-goal percentage.