Tag:Nick Barnett
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:04 pm

Packers flip policy, get everyone in team photo

Posted by Will Brinson

When 50 or so* members of the Packers roster placed on IR weren't invited to take part in the team's photo, and that caused quite a bit of commotion amongst the media, fans and the players.

As soon as the story mushroomed, though, players like Jermichael Finley and Nick Barnett quickly took to the Twitter-waves in order to quash any talk of insubordination.

Thankfully, the Packers reciprocated their team-first attitude by allowing everyone on the squad and IR to join in on the team photo.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the picture will take place in Dallas on the Friday before the Super Bowl and will feature everyone involved.

Hey, 'tis the season of overblown NFL storylines, and thankfully, this one can go die a quick death. Clearly, Green Bay would rather purchase, as Josh noted, a wide-angle lens than deal with a lot of unnecessary drama around a team looking to win as many championships without Brett Favre as they did with him.

*May be approximate

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 8:41 pm

Packers exclude injured players from team photo

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When LB Nick Barnett and TE Jermichael Finley discovered they weren’t invited to participate in the official team Super Bowl photo next week, they were clearly disappointed. They immediately took to their Twitter accounts to show their displeasure.

Barnett called it "sad," and Finley said it was "not cool".

They weren’t nasty about it; but they clearly were hurt and felt disrespected nonetheless.

But, simply put, there are too many players on IR (15 in all) to put them all in the same photo with the rest of the team. That’s the Packers stance anyway.

"It was a team decision driven by the sheer number of players on IR. Our primary focus is to get the team ready to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every decision we make is about trying to win a world championship," a team spokesman said in a statement to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

According to the paper, the IR players won’t travel to Dallas until Thursday. The rest of the team will have already been in town three days by then, and the team photo is usually taken at Media Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday. But the injured players will stand on the sidelines during the game and be afforded the same benefits their teammates receive.

But the lack of a photo, because there are too many injured players, has to be a real kick in the torn ACL.

Fortunately, the players backed off a bit from their statements on Tuesday afternoon.

"I was not trying to be a distraction nor was I downing the organization they have done so much for me," Barnett wrote.

"This next two weeks is about the unbelievable success of my teammates and last thing I want is to be (is a) distraction," Finley wrote.

Sounds like the Packers haven’t heard about the latest photographic technology that could accommodate everybody that played on their team this season.

I think it's called “wide-angle lens.”

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:32 pm

Hot Routes 1.5.10: The mic is hot!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz
  • If football fanatics like Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden think a football game is running a bit long, chances are it’s taking forever. Check out this video from the Orange Bowl when the MNF team discuss how long the game took.
  • Looks like some of the Jets players are going to need a refresher course on the NFL playoff overtime rules system.
  • It sounds like Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t hate the media quite as much as he used to hate us. With an appearance by CBSSports.com’s own Pete Prisco.
  • Matt Millen feels good for John Elway. And he has some advice for how to navigate the world of an NFL team’s front office.
  • How brutal is this? UFL players, according to Pro Football Talk, are still waiting to receive their final paycheck of the year. If you’ll recall the UFL championship game was played at the end of November.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:36 pm

Hot Routes 10.22.10 Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Titans players seem to have a knack for getting in serious bar fights but not charged with a crime. First Vince Young, and now Kenny Britt. The difference, of course, is Britt’s incident did not happen in May – it happened at 1:45 am Friday morning on the week of a game.

Speaking of the Titans…it’s now been one year since they started 0-6. Since then, they’ve gone 12-4 and, statistically speaking, been one of the most solid teams in all of football.

Chad Ochocinco sent T-shirts to some of the Falcons players this week. So, Roddy White responded with this homemade video. Guerilla trash talk, gotta love it.

The Chiefs will get defensive end Tyson Jackson back Sunday. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2009 draft has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury.

Joey Porter insists he will have double-digit sacks when all is said and done. So far, Arizona’s $5.2 million outside linebacker has one.

The Ravens don’t agree with those who say their offensive is conservative.

Interesting article about how the Bills passed on Haloti Ngata in the 2006 draft. (They took Dante Whitner instead.)

The Panthers have benched right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau. Geoff Schwartz will move from right tackle to Bernadeau’s spot. Stepping in at right tackle will be second-year player Gary Williams, making his first NFL start. Bernadeau understood: “They said I’ve been playing pretty well, but not to the best of my ability. And I know I wasn’t. Little things were holding me back, nothing too crazy,” he said. “Right now we just need a win and we’ve got to make some changes, and that’s one of them.”

Redskins veteran leader Phillip Daniels is traveling to Chicago earlier than the rest of the team so that he can attend his son’s high school football senior night. Daniels left the Bears in 2003 but his family stayed in town. Daniels’ son, DeVaris Daniels, is a defensive back/wide receiver and has committed to Notre Dame.

Thanks to wrist surgery, Nick Barnett is now learning how to be a southpaw.

The Dolphins are making a push for stadium improvements. For the second time in seven months, they’re trying to drum up support for some public funding.

The Bucs are practicing at Raymond James Stadium on Friday because Raheem Morris wants his players to get more familiar with being in their end zone. It’s not a pure metaphor – they’re literally spending more time on that part of the field.

The Wall Street Journal says the numbers suggest the 2-4 San Diego Chargers might be the greatest bad team in NFL history.

Mathias Kiwanuka expects to play against this season, but WHEN, exactly, is unclear.

Chris Kluwe offered some unique analysis on the league’s illegal hit policies.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:41 pm

Hot Routes 10.15.10 (insert TGIF cliché here)

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mary Garrard told Jaguars offensive coaches that they need to call more plays that allow her husband to use his mobility.

Conveniently, here is another story about an important woman in the life of another mobile AFC South quarterback who, like Garrard, is playing on Monday.

The Falcons are getting exactly what we thought they’d get in Dunta Robinson: a top cover corner who doesn’t make interceptions but improves an entire secondary.

Thanks to the Mark Clayton injury, confident (cocky?) Rams rookie Mardy Gilyard will get a chance to shine.

Deuce Lutui is not as fat as he once was.

The Bills offensive line may actually get worse in the next few weeks. Veteran right tackle Cornell Green is going to miss some time with a knee that has been problematic since late summer. Rookie Cord Howard relieved Green late against Jacksonville last week.

Ron Greene of the Charlotte Observer points out that the Panthers will go a week without a loss…thanks to the bye.

Linebacker Brian Iwuh is prepared to start Sunday for the Bears if Pro Bowler Lance Briggs (sprained ankle) is unable to go.

The Broncos want fans to get in on the fun when the team wears its orange jerseys against the Jets this Sunday. (Yes, those orange jerseys that should probably replace the blue jerseys because, let’s face it, the orange looks 10 times better.)

Mike Ditka has zero sympathy for Jenn Sterger in this whole sordid affair.

Just a formality, but Nick Barnett was placed on I.R. (Also, the Packers brought back DE Mike Montgomery.)

Why can’t more sportswriters have this kind of humility? Props to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:05 pm

Injuries rock Green Bay

Posted by Andy Benoit

You know things are bad when a team warrants a special Monday injury report. The Green Bay Packers, whom many picked to go to the Super Bowl, have been rocked by injuries. Given what has transpired, a voodoo doctor may not be out of the question. Here is the latest:

**Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss practice time this week and possibly Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering a concussion against the Redskins.

**Tight end Jermichael Finley will be on the mend for roughly a month after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Finley’s backup, Donald Lee, is also out a few weeks with a shoulder injury.

**Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the leading sacker in the NFL (8), suffered another hamstring injury Sunday. His status is up in the air, though this injury is reportedly less severe than the one Matthews suffered in training camp.

**Defensive end Ryan Pickett, a domineering run-defender, is questionable with a knee injury. (Lucky it wasn’t worse.)

**It was announced that inside linebacker Nick Barnett indeed needs surgery on his wrist, which means his 2010 season is done.

**Safety Derrick Martin suffered what could be a serious knee injury against Washington. The Packers already lost rookie safety Morgan Burnett to an ACL last week.

**There were reports last week that right tackle Mark Tauscher’s shoulder injury could be severe. No updates on Tauscher at this point, though the 11th-year veteran was inactive against the Redskins.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:14 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:40 pm

Nick Barnett could be done for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE: 10:40 p.m. ET: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Barnett is indeed out for the season with a wrist injury similar to the one Brian Urlacher suffered last season. Read below to learn what went down and what this means.

CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Greg Bedard reports that Packers inside linebacker Nick Barnett could be out for the season. Sources tell Bedard that Barnett needs surgery on his injured right wrist. N. Barnett

The surgery is not a matter of if, but when. As soon as it happens, Barnett will be shelved. Bedard’s sources believe the surgery will occur before the end of the season, though Barnett will get a second opinion on Friday.

Barnett hurt the wrist in the first half of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions but returned and finished the game wearing a cast.

If Friday’s diagnosis goes against Barnett, it will mark the second time in three years that he’s landed on Injured Reserve (ACL in ’08). Bedard writes, “Barnett, 29, would be a big loss for the defense. The eight-year veteran is one of the vocal and emotional leaders of the unit, and makes the calls in the huddle and adjustments before the play.”

This is true, though it’s worth mentioning that Dom Capers’ scheme puts minimal stock in the inside linebacker position. The defensive line and outside linebackers carry Green Bay’s front seven. Barnett, who has speed to burn, has gone from playmaker to solid contributor in the 3-4 defense.

Because Brandon Chillar is dealing with a shoulder injury, Desmond Bishop would likely start in Barnett’s place next to A.J. Hawk. Bishop, a third-year pro, was given a crack at earning a starting job prior to the season, though coaches were quick to abandon that plan.

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