On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Mar. 07, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST Project Play 60

    ‘Project Play 60’, the Green Bay Packers’ event that is focused on getting kids out of the house to enjoy non-strenuous physical activity, is set for Saturday, March 7.

    The free community event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place in both the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Legends Club on the fourth floor. Parking will be free for guests participating in Project Play 60, and attendees may enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate, American Family Insurance Gate or Miller Lite Gate.

  • Sat., Mar. 07, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST Johnnie Gray appearance NO MORE Violence Fundraiser
  • Mon., Mar. 23, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Sam Barrington appearance Sister Bay Lions Club Youth Night
  • Tue., Apr. 14, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Menomonie)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Wed., Apr. 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Prairie du Chien)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Thu., Apr. 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Baraboo)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

News

Print
RSS

Lacy, Franklin, Burnett back; Matthews still out

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Randall Cobb preparing as though he’ll be return man

S Morgan Burnett

GREEN BAY—The Packers got a little healthier over their bye week, but how healthy isn’t clear just yet.

In a full-pads practice late Monday afternoon, running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot), along with safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), were practicing during the portion of the workout open to the media.

Several other injured players were still out, however. They included linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), tight end Jermichael Finley (concussion), running back James Starks (knee), cornerbacks Casey Hayward (hamstring) and Jarrett Bush (hamstring), and fullback John Kuhn (hamstring).

Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t comment on the injury list, other than to say Lacy was “full-go” and Franklin was limited. He also said that several players had tests with the training staff, meaning it’s possible some could be cleared to practice this week.

“We’ll have that information for you Wednesday,” McCarthy said, referring to the team’s next scheduled workout.

Burnett is one of two active-roster players (along with Hayward) who hasn’t played yet this season, so he was genuinely thrilled to get back on the field. Originally hurt in the third preseason game, Burnett — sporting a new dreadlock-free haircut for the first time since the 10th grade — said he was “excited just to put on my pads” and “wasn’t holding anything back.”

As a leader in the secondary, Burnett’s presence has been missed, with the Packers allowing all three opposing quarterbacks thus far to post passer ratings above 100. Burnett is aware, though, that he can’t approach his first game as though he must make up for lost time.

“Don’t get caught up in missing three games, feeling like you’re behind the eight-ball,” he said. “Just do your job, let the game come to you, and don’t go chasing things and forcing things that aren’t there.”

McCarthy said the team’s pass defense and turnover ratio were two areas the coaching staff examined closely during the bye week. While the defense made a “big step” in getting four takeaways in Cincinnati, McCarthy wants to see the offense, which has seven turnovers in three games, take better care of the ball.

Another area of bye-week study was the return game, which will see change following the release of Jeremy Ross one day after his costly kickoff fumble against the Bengals.

The most experienced returner on the roster is receiver Randall Cobb, while rookies Micah Hyde on punts and Franklin on kickoffs also could be in the mix. Rookie practice-squad running back Michael Hill was signed to Ross’ roster spot and could get a look as well, though he never handled return duty in four years at Missouri Western.

“We have some candidates,” said McCarthy with no interest in revealing the team’s plans. “Whether Randall will do it or won’t do it, we’ll let the week play that out. It’s a focus. It’s been a focus since we’ve made the change.”

For his part, Cobb said he’s preparing as though he’s going to be the guy, which is no different than his approach when Ross was here.

“I have to. That’s my job to be prepared to be that guy,” Cobb said. “I’ve prepared all through training camp, all through OTAs. I’m practicing it still now. I’m prepared to go whenever my name is called.”

As for whether adding full-time return duty would make him any less explosive on offense, or vice versa, Cobb didn’t sound overly concerned about getting worn down.

“I’m out there to play every down as hard as I can, and to give 110 percent effort every play that I’m out there,” he said. “Whether it’s a special teams play or an offensive play, I have to go out there with the same mindset, same mentality.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 30

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Frank Winters: Ol' Bag o' Donuts

    (7:45) Posted 3 hours ago

    Packers.com's Senior Writer Mike Spofford sat down with former Packers center Frank Winters, who talked about snapping the ball to QB Brett Favre, playing in two Super Bowls, and being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.

  • Bob Harlan on Brett Favre's Hall of Fame ceremony

    (15:16) Posted Feb 27, 2015

    Green Bay Packers Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan talked about former QB Brett Favre's legacy in Green Bay and the announcement of additional viewing opportunities for fans to see his Packers Hall of Fame ceremony.

  • Biggest obstacle for Packers to win Super Bowl?

    (2:48) Posted Feb 27, 2015

    The "NFL AM" crew debates what's the biggest obstacle for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to get another ring.