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Al: After their week of rest, Packers players returned to the locker room on Monday and were greeted with a surprise – Monday practice would be padded. While players did not expect it, there was no grumbling and in fact, it got their juices flowing again, according to some players. McCarthy was sending a message that it’s no time to be lazy or complacent, and he will still have the usual Thursday padded practice, making this the one week of the season he is allowed to hold two padded practices.
Jayme: There was a flurry of Roster moves in Packerland this week. Moving out were Alex Green, who was placed on IR and Cecil Newton, who was cut from the practice squad. Moving in was Brandon Saine, signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad just in time to make the team picture. Then to fill out the practice squad, the Packers signed center Paul Fenaroli and brought back safety Anthony Levine, who spent last season on the Packers’ practice squad.
Al: For the second time this season, Mason Crosby, a personal favorite of mine, has been named Special Teams Player of the Week. Crosby won the award for hitting four field goals against the Vikings, including a Packers record 58-yarder. Crosby has hit on all fourteen attempts this season, vaulting him above the 80% made barrier for the first time.
Jayme: And this week marked the 37th time that the Green Bay Packers have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The story takes a look at Aaron Rodgers from the perspective of his receivers in the NFL, college and even High School. The cover photo shows Rogers with the 5 Packers receivers and Jermichael Finley. No love for the other Packers tight ends…
Al: Jermichael Finley was talking again this week, some good, some not so much. Finley expressed his desire to stay with the Packers, even saying he would be fine if the Packers put the franchise tag on him, which would mean he would earn between 7-8 million for 2012. Finley also was quoted as saying, “y ou can’t ask for a better city just because there’s nothing to do for one thing. I’m going to real with you, there’s less trouble you can get into.” Well, I would guess that means Brandon Underwood didn’t get the memo…
Jayme: On the injury front, only Mike Neal and Chad Clifton were not practicing this week. In his weekly Wednesday press conference, Mike McCarthy spoke about the prospects for their return. Chad Clifton still has multiple weeks of rehab to go through before he could even hit the practice field. Mike Neal is much closer, with McCarthy hopeful he can have limited participation in practice next week.
Al : Those were your top news stories for the week. Cheesehead Radio now brings you “News from the Packers Twitterverse…”
“News from the Packers Twitterverse…”
Jayme: It’s been almost 2 weeks, but how can we forget this important tweet from TJ Lang? “Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery!”
Al: Good news for all involved… As is the Packers current record of 7-0. Kel to the 4th astutely noted this week one of the best things about that fact when she tweeted, “I love hearing people refer to the Pack as ” Undefeated Green Bay”
Jayme: That type of success has brought the Packers much attention from the media, such as being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Packer ranter had this to say about the photo, “The new cover of Sports Illustrated is one helluva fantasy football squad….and it’s real.”
Al: And finally, Thaddeus Collins earned his Packers fan chops this week when he tweeted, “I just offered to work Christmas Day in order to get the Friday before the KC game off…” That people, is the kind of crazy irrational behavior that typifies a passionate Packers fan. And for that kind of dedication, this has to be our…
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.