Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:58 am

Al Harris's Status in Green Bay

Packers cornerback Al Harris has said there’s no doubt in his mind he’ll be ready for the September 12 season opener against the Eagles (Harris’s former team, by the way). The 35-year-old has spent his offseason vigorously rehabbing a torn ACL suffered November 22.

Harris has been documenting his recovery on YouTube to promote the website NationalFootballPost.com, for which it is believed he is a part owner.

Head coach Mike McCarthy, who has closely monitored the situation with team physician Pat McKenzie, is skeptical about Harris’s immediate return. Harris’s knee injury was more than a routine ACL tear.

“The only (person) that we're concerned about would be Al Harris,” McCarthy said, according to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think Al is going to be definitely challenged to make it at the beginning of training camp. I'm sure Al may tell you something differently, but that's kind of my assessment of the information I've been given”

Athletic fourth-year corner Tramon Williams recently signed his RFA tender and is expected to fill-in as the No. 2 corner opposite Charles Woodson. If Harris makes it back, he may not be competing with Williams for playing time, but rather, with backups Jarrett Bush, Will Blackmon and Pat Lee.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:36 pm

How much does WR Donald Driver have left?

Apparently, as he told the Green Bay Press-Gazette , he has more now than he had four or five years ago.

Driver, who has recorded five-straight 1,000-yard receiving years and enters his 12th season in the league at the age of 35, had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees this offseason, and he said that he’s pain-free. “I’m able to do things I wasn’t able to do 4-5 years ago,” he told the newspaper. “I wasn’t able to squat free-weight anymore. Now I’m back to that. I can squat straight down and come back up without any pain. I couldn’t lunge, I couldn’t twist, I couldn’t do anything. I played with a lot of pain, and now that pain is over with.”

I’ll be interested to see how Driver responds this season. He didn’t participate in drills Monday during the Packers mini-camp, but assuming he continues to heal, he and WR Greg Jennings still should put up major stats with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to them. Unless Driver, and his fresh knees, suddenly get old. That’s not likely to happen, though. Driver’s work ethic is well-regarded, especially since the former seventh-round pick has made himself into one of the top receivers of the last decade. If he wants to play until he’s 40, as he says, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Goodell to attend Packers meeting

Packers shareholders meetings are not unlike a giant Rotary Club meeting. A lot of business is discussed. Most of that business pertains to the people in the room, and most of the people in the room have little to no impact on that business. And, often, in the big scheme of things, the business has no impact on those people anyway. A lot of it is jut fo fun. Thus, the event - the shareholders meeting - can sometimes be boring.

Not so this year. One of the men talking business will be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He’ll be at Lambeau Field answering shareholders’ pre-submitted questions. Given the ongoing labor negotiations, Goodell has a very specific interest in the Packers in 2010. As the NFL’s only publicly owned team, the Packers are required to share their financial information.

The NFLPA is challenging the other 31 teams to open their books and prove that money is as tight as they’re claiming. Of course, no team will oblige. Owners are hoping that a bleak financial report in Green Bay can be used as evidence that teams indeed need to share less revenue with players.

The public meeting at Lambeau Field is scheduled for 11:00 am local time on July 29.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:42 pm

Whitworth speaks about expanded schedule

OK, I’ve had a chance to read the entire Mark Murphy transcript from Wednesday. Murphy, as you know, is the Packers president, and he’s the one who got the NFL universe buzzing about the expanded schedule, where the NFL would erase two preseason games and give you two extra regular-season games in return. He’s also an eight-year NFL veteran who made a Pro Bowl as a DB.

“I think the real roots of it are that as you look across the NFL and everything that we offer, we really try to provide top-quality value to our fans, whether it’s the regular season, postseason, the draft or the combine,” Murphy said in the conference call. “To me, the one that stands out as being different is the preseason. There just isn’t the same value there. I know from my position with the Packers, I get a lot of complaints (about the preseason). We actually just had focus groups with a number of our season-ticket holders and club-seat holders and had a lot of complaints about the preseason games. It just isn’t the same value there that you have in the regular season. I think there is a real issue there that we need to address.”

OK, but don’t you have to give the players more money if they’re going to play two more real games?

“Under the relationship that we have with the players, they get close to 60 percent of the revenue. If we grow the revenue, they are going to get more. They are currently playing 20 games, and we’re not increasing that. That would be the way that we would approach it. This is an opportunity for us to work together to grow revenue and improve the game.”

Sounds great for the fans who don’t have to pay regular-season prices to watch exhibition games, right? Yes. Sounds great for the scribes who don’t have to report on exhibition games, right? A double yes. But what about the players? Does it sound great for them?

Um, not quite as much. After the Bengals finished their final workout of the offseason today, I spoke to OT Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati’s NFLPA player rep.

The transcript from my interview:

CBSSports.com: Lots of talk today and yesterday about the 18-game schedule. What are your thoughts?

Andrew Whitworth:
We want to do anything to make the game better for the fans. If an 18-game schedule will do that, that would be great. But there’s also some things player-wise and health-wise that might be an issue. We feel like if we’re going to have to do that, there has to be some things that change as far as the offseason and training camp.

Are you talking about just the offseason stuff, or are you also talking about increased health care?

AW: You have to do one of two things; you have to improve the situation now with improving the OTAs or during the season where there’s less contact or you’ve got to attack the health-care issue and give the guys better health care when they’re done. Right now, with most players, even if they play 15 years, they only have – at the most – five year of health care. That’s kind of ridiculous what guys go through.

Do you think the 18-game schedule will happen?

I think the owners definitely want it. I know they’ve prepared for it in their future schedules from what I’ve seen. It’s something they’ll go forward with. But there has to be other things that improve for that to happen.

--Josh Katzowitz

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