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Legendary Packers Running Back Paul Hornung Dead at 84

Former Packer great Paul Hornung has passed away at the age of 84.

Hornung died in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., after a long battle with dementia, the Louisville Sports Commission said in a statement.

The legendary running back took home the 1956 Heisman Trophy award with Notre Dame as a quarterback, and went pro in 1957 and played for the Packers as a fullback and halfback after being selected No. 1 overall by the Packers.

He spent nine seasons with the Packers and was suspended for the entirety of the 1963 season because of a gambling suspension.

He was a part of the 1966 Packers team that won the first-ever Super Bowl, defeating the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

A Good Loss? Aaron Rodgers Says That Might be the Case for the Packers

Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions, including a rare pick-six, and the Packers (4-1) lost for the first time this season, 38-10 to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (4-2).

But Rodgers believes it might be good for his team, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

“You don’t ever want to lose like this,” Rodgers said. “I felt like we needed a little bit of a wake-up call at some point this season because things have been so good and there’s been so much talk maybe outside the building about the ease with which we’re moving the ball on offense and scoring. I think we needed kind of a kick in the ass a little bit.

“There’s a little bit of wake-up to stop feeling ourselves so much and get back to the things that got us to this position. I think this would be, unfortunately but fortunately, something we can really grow from.”

Video: “First Take” Breaks Down A-Rod’s Comments About His “Down Year”

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ comments about his “down year” on The Pat McAfee Show.

Packers WR Davante Adams Says He Won’t Play, Then Deletes Tweet

Will he or won’t he?

That’s the big question for tonight for the Packers and wide out Davante Adams, who tweeted out Monday that he would not play in tonight’s game against the Falcons.

Then, just like that – the tweet was gone.

“Sorry fans and friends I wont be on the field tonight. I’ve done everything I need to do and proved Im ready but I guess I don’t know my body as well as others. Good luck out there my boys,” Adams said in a tweet that was deleted.

This past week Adams said he didn’t want to get back on the field until he was 100 percent, which clearly he’s not at this point.

“I will be making sure I feel normal — like before it happened — before I step out there,” Adams said Thursday.

“So we’re doing our thing to make sure that that’s the case.”

If Adams does not play which seems likely, it’ll be the second straight game he’s missed.

He didn’t play due to a hamstring injury in the Packers week two win over the Lions.

Adams had been officially listed as questionable after being limited in practice this past week. He indicated in his tweet that he wants to play Monday but is being held out.

Davante Adams’ Status for Sunday Against the Saints Up in the Air

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams did not practice on Wednesday according to Stacey Dales of NFL Network.

This is probably more precautionary than anything, but Adams is still viewed as uncertain for Week 3 against the Saints after pulling his hamstring in the Week 2 win over Detroit.

It did not appear to be a serious strain at the time, but we’ll still need to keep an eye on Adams ahead of his matchup with CB Marshon Lattimore. If Adams were to miss, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and the tight ends would be Aaron Rodgers’ top downfield targets.

Rodgers Proves It Again That a Packers Super Bowl Trophy is in Reach With Him Under Center

The Green Bay Packers opening day was nothing short of impressive from an offensive standpoint, and for those that were writing the obit for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, suddenly those people are nowhere to be found after the 43-34 statement victory at division rival Minnesota.

Rodgers is 36 years old, but if you think that he’s too old to hoist a Lombardi trophy, just look at the top QB’s in the NFL, as most are north of the age 30.

Sure you have guys like Pat Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson who are all young, explosive and are being hailed as the “future of the NFL,” but Rodgers and his other “old” NFL mates have something to say before riding off in the sunset.

Putting all your money on Rodgers is as safe as finding a good online casino, and the way that the quarterback masterfully ran the offense against a good Vikings team has to be heralded as one of the highlights in all of week one in the NFL.

If you think that Rodgers ISN’T going to be in the mix with the term “MVP” attached to his name – think again.

Scoring 43 points on the road and doing it on a day when he got off to a “slow start” is amazing. He led the Pack to 19 points in the second quarter, 14 of those points were scored in 25 seconds when he hit Davante Adams from 24 yards out to make it 15-7.

He got the ball back as a gift, and needed just two plays and 11 seconds to go the final 45 yards, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a score making it 22-7.

Today ESPN discussed Rodgers on their popular morning show, “First Take,” and there’s an agreement that the QB still has Plenty of gas left in the tank.

Rodgers threw for two more scores in the second half, and were careful to not give the ball away carelessly, making the Vikings have to go most of the field to keep up point-wise with the green and gold.

The NFC North again appears that it’s going to have to run through Green Bay, much like it did last season when the team won the division, and got all the way to the NFC Title game prior to losing to the San Francisco 49’ers on the road.

Now the team is back, and Rodgers proved it on Sunday that he’s nowhere near ready to take his cleats and hang em up.

Coach Matt LaFluer has to worry about an O-line that is banged up, but if there’s one player Sunday that should get a pass for a long time to come – it’s ARod.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Packers Battle with the Vikings

GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Randy Ramsey (groin), G Billy Turner (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Montravius Adams (toe), LB Oren Burks (groin), S Raven Greene (quadricep)
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday (no injuries to report)

Packers Ink NT Kenny Clark to Four-Year Extension

Packers Kenny Clark says he has always wanted to prove the value of nose tackles as complete players.

Now the Packers have given him a contract that showcases that.

The Packers announced Saturday they had signed the 24-year-old Clark to a contract extension without disclosing the length or terms of the deal.

Clark’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirmed an ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus.

“Over the years, I’ve just been trying to just, not get out of that (idea that) nose tackle is just a plug. you just plug the gap guy and all he’s worried about is run, and all that kind of stuff,” Clark said. “I’ve just been focused on pass rushing and being able to be an all-around player. I think this deal really solidifies that and really shows nose tackles can do both and get paid high. I’m just excited about it.”