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An Old Fashioned Brawl; That’s What You Can Expect Between the Packers and Vikings Sunday

Week Two in the NFL will see a good old fashioned brawl in Green Bay as there will be a tough NFC North matchup as the Minnesota Vikings come to town to take on the Green Bay Packers, a game that is destined to be one of the better games in week two in the NFL.

Buffalo Wild Wings sports will be a great place to watch the game Sunday, and it also will be a great place to see if Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to take the field as his injury has been the big story all week not only in just Green Bay but in most NFL circles.

Don’t tell the Vikings that the Packers quarterback won’t be playing Sunday.

“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. “We’re just going to go in with a game plan, that he’s running and we’re going to go out there and execute our assignment.”

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has gone on record saying that Rodgers does not need to take the practice field at all in order to play, leading even more to think that he’s going to find his way on the field this Sunday in the huge game against the Vikings.

Rodgers seems to feel that he doesn’t have to do much in order to play, and his miracle recovery on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears was evidence enough that he is a quick healer.

“I think as you saw the other night, just because I wasn’t escaping the pocket, I was still moving in the pocket — subtle movements on the throw to (receiver Davante Adams) up in the pocket, and subtle movements on the throw to (Randall Cobb) on the last touchdown of the game,” Rodgers said.

Keeping Rodgers healthy is going to be key (assuming that he’s going to be able to play), and also establishing some type of a run game would be a huge plus for the Packers as well.

One other key would be Rodgers keeping the ball away from the ball hawking Vikings, something he’s doen well, as Rodgers has thrown only six interceptions in 19 games as a starter against the Vikings, including one playoff game.

Over the last seven seasons, the Vikings have picked him off three times in 13 games.

Keep an eye on Rodgers heading into Sunday, but expect him to play, and expect the Packers to do just enough to pull out a 23-20 win.

Aaron Rodgers Still “Day to Day” but Could Play For Packers Without Practicing This Week

The Packers are one team that actually takes the practice field on Saturday, and with that it might just be the biggest aspect for the team to be able to have all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers set for action this Sunday as the team takes on NFC North Rival the Minnesota Vikings.

If you are betting with Betstars, the Packers are a slight favorite for the game, mostly because it is a home game and a huge early NFC North showdown, but right now the line is just 2.5 in favor for Green Bay, and most of the time the home team is a three-point favorite anyway.

Rodgers did not practice again on Thursday, and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday “nothing’s changed” and that the quarterback is “clearly day-to-day. He’s clearly day to day. Hopefully he’ll do work tomorrow, but I can’t answer that question.”

Rodgers was hurt last week in the teams’ wild comeback win over the Chicago Bears, as the Packers rallied with 21 points in the fourth quarter for the one-point win over yet another NFC North rival in the Monsters of the Midway.

There was some good news about Rodgers, and that came from coach McCarthy, who said that “He feels better than he did at the beginning of the week,” McCarthy said. “Tomorrow’s practice will be a big indicator.”

That goes back to what we said about the Packers taking the field on Saturday, if Rodgers is not ready to play, team might have to turn to backup DeShone Kizer, a player who threw a pick six in the game against the Bears when he came in Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

“He can play with no reps. We’ve established that point some time ago in his career. You’d like to walk off the field Saturday and have your plan set, but this is the NFL. Things happen. We’ll be ready for anything. I know he wants to play. We’ll see how it goes,” McCarthy said.

It will be interesting to see if the team does allow Rodgers to play without taking a rep in practice, but it feels like that’s the way the Packers are leaning, and right now without being able to take the field at all, it seems like somewhat of a risk this early in the season for the Packers to put Rodgers out there not at 100 percent than sitting him for a week, even against the Vikings, in a game in week two than letting him heal and get ready for the rest of the 2018 season.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to Sit Again Out of Practice with Knee Sprain

It sounds like Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, after the memorable comeback on Monday night, is feeling the pain with that knee sprain that is keeping him out of practice.

Here’s the latest on Rodgers practicing, and there’s still concern if he will be able to take the field on Sunday.

QB Aaron Rodgers Gets Mega Deal from Packers Worth Over $100 Million

Aaron Rodgers is staying put in Green Bay as the signal caller of the Packers, as today he agreed to a mega deal that will pay him a total of between $176 to $180 million.

Packers Looking Awfully Thin at the Running Back Spot at Camp Goes On

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Injuries and unexpected developments have left the Packers thin at running back with just two camp practices and two games left in the preseason according to the AP

Only Ty Montgomery, who has overcome injury issues in the past, and little-known halfback Joel Bouagnon have made it through camp unscathed.

The Packers were forced to sign Bronson Hill and LeShun Daniels over the weekend to replenish depth.

Hill spent two games on Arizona’s 53-man roster after bouncing around a host of practice squads. Daniels played four games for Washington last season.

“We’re a little thin at running back,” coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. “We’ve got a number of different balls in the air, (more) than I recall at this particular juncture of a training camp.”

A hamstring injury has forced Aaron Jones to miss most of camp. Jones, who has yet to play in a preseason game after a breakout rookie season, will miss the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Chicago and the Sept. 16 game against Minnesota after being suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Jones injured his hamstring early in camp and took part in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time again on Monday.

“Hopefully Aaron will get to go more into Oakland,” McCarthy said.

Jamaal Williams said Monday that his ankle injury suffered in last week’s preseason win over Pittsburgh was the result of Steelers linebacker Vince Williams grabbing and twisting it at the end of a run.

Packers Sign LB James Crawford

The Packers have signed LB James Crawford. The transaction was announced Wednesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 239-pound rookie, played in 36 games during four seasons at the University of Illinois, recording 80 tackles (39 solo), 10.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six passes defensed. He served as a team captain as a senior and was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches. Crawford will wear No. 54 for the Packers.

Packers LB Jake Ryan Suffers Serious Injury, Safety Kentrell Brice Also Injured at Camp

Blake Martinez gathered his fellow inside linebackers together after a tough day at Green Bay Packers practice.

It’s difficult to see two key members of the defense go down with injuries on just the fourth day of training camp.

Inside linebacker Jake Ryan, one of the team’s top run defenders, was carted off the field late in practice Monday with an apparent right leg injury. Kentrell Brice, a potential starter at safety, was carted off the field during a special teams drill, though the type of injury was unclear.

“Oh, man. That was bad, man. You hate to see that, especially as a player. That’s your brother,” safety Josh Jones said when asked about Brice.

Practice ended up being cut short early because of the threat of lightning. The injuries dampened the mood in the locker room.

Back inside Lambeau Field, Martinez gathered the rest of his position group together. Martinez (158) and Ryan (89) led the team in tackles last season.

After third-year pro Martinez and Ryan, who is in his fourth year, rookies fill the inside linebacker depth chart. Martinez called a position meeting to get everyone refocused.

“It just comes down to ‘What are we going to do now?’” Martinez said in recounting his message. “Or whatever your mindset is, what are you going to do to get better every day?”

Oren Burks, a third-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt, might play a bigger role if Ryan misses significant time. Burks played inside linebacker in college last season after taking on a hybrid linebacker/safety role as a junior. He played free safety as a sophomore.

The Packers are also making changes on defense after Mike Pettine replaced Dom Capers as coordinator. Martinez said that he’ll be checking on the rookies constantly to make sure they are up to speed.

“I know my goals for this season, our team goals for this season and I’m not going to let one injury kind of ruin that for us,” he said.

Brett Favre Admits to Three Trips to Rehab During Playing Career with Packers

Former Packers quarterback and Hall of Famer Brett Favre is back in the news, as the retired former Super Bowl Champion has come out with a bombshell, stating that he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his playing career.

Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre, 48, told Sports Illustrated that he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

“It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year,” Favre said. “That was an MVP year for me. But that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, ‘I gotta get more pills.”’

Favre said his issues with pills caused him to spend 28 days at a center in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1990s. Favre also says he spent 28 days in rehab “strictly for drinking” in 1998. The story also mentions a previously reported 72-day stint at a Kansas City rehab center in the mid-1990s to get off Vicodin.

“When I drank, I drank to excess,” Favre said. “So when I went in the second time, to the place in Kansas, I remember vividly fighting them in there. They said drinking was the gateway drug for me, and they were right, absolutely right, but I wouldn’t admit it. I will never forget one of the nurses. I had it all figured out. I fought with this nurse all the time. I would not admit the drinking problem. At the end, she said to me, ‘You’ll be back.’

“I was back. 1998. Guess who was waiting there when I walked in — that same nurse.”

The Packers, through a spokesman, declined comment. The front office and coaching staff has turned over several times over the last 20 years.