GREEN BAY — For the Minnesota Vikings, it’s more about whether Aaron Rodgers will have his full bag of tricks while playing with a knee injury than if he’ll be playing at all. The Vikings are thoroughly convinced the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be in uniform today when they visit Lambeau Field. “I don’t know if he’s mobile. I don’t know if he can run. We don’t know anything,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.
GREEN BAY — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn’t buying it. The Green Bay Packers can say all they want that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is day to day with a knee injury. The two-time NFL MVP will be given the whole week to get ready for Sunday’s game against Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy said. “Yeah, well, you know he walks on water, so I’m sure he’s going to play,” Zimmer said Wednesday in a conference call. Green Bay returned to the practice
GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy needs more information on the extent of Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury to determine the quarterback’s availability for next week’s game against Minnesota. Rodgers was sore when the team returned to Lambeau Field on Monday, McCarthy said. The Packers reviewed the thrilling 24-23 win on Sunday night over the Chicago Bears, in which Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after returning from an injury. The
GREEN BAY — A blockbuster deal brought a new wrinkle to the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field tonight, just in time for star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to potentially make his debut in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers. A premier player joins what figures to be an already tough defense. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks can’t hide his glee. “When we got him, I was just so excited just to have such a prolific pass-rusher next to me.
GREEN BAY — The Packers are debuting their own defensive changes this weekend against the Bears, even if they may not initially make as much of a splash as Chicago’s acquisition of star linebacker Khalil Mack. But the effectiveness of those new wrinkles could be just as important to the fortunes of a team looking to return to the playoffs. After playing it safe in the preseason, new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine can finally take the wraps off the Packers’ revamped scheme
GREEN BAY — Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is familiar enough with the pass-rushing prowess of Khalil Mack to know what to expect when the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field on Sunday night. No film necessary of Mack playing with his new team. It’ll be up to Bulaga, the veteran Packers lineman, to keep Mack out of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ face. “Well I mean he’s a complete player,” Bulaga said after practice Wednesday. “He has power, he has speed, he has
GREEN BAY — When general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke on Sunday afternoon about his first cutdown as general manager, he described the Packers’ roster as “fluid.” He wasn’t kidding. Gutekunst continued tweaking the 53-man roster on Monday, adding running back Darius Jackson off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad and signing linebacker Korey Toomer. Those are an effort to fill two obvious needs in advance of the team’s regular-season opener Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS — Will the Minnesota Vikings pick up where they left off, following their surge to the NFC championship game last season? Or will the Green Bay Packers rebound forcefully enough to take back the division they’ve mostly dominated for two decades? The annual report on the NFC North has almost always focused on the Packers, the Vikings or both of these fierce rivals since the NFL’s most recent realignment produced the current eight-division format in 2002. With new
Retired Green Bay Packers great Jerry Kramer believes Packers fans played a significant role in his induction this summer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Shortly after learning of his induction, Kramer heard from Joe Horrigan, the Hall of Fame’s executive director. “He said, ‘My incoming phone calls are going to be reduced by 90 percent,’” Kramer said, alluding to Packers fans who hounded Horrigan with questions as to why Kramer wasn’t