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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Notebook: Deeper D-Line Readies For Peterson

Posted Nov 17, 2010

When the Packers faced the Vikings less than a month ago in Green Bay, they went into the contest with five healthy defensive linemen, but saw that number dwindle to just three early in the game.

With injured rookie defensive end Mike Neal and then-newly signed end Michael Montgomery inactive against Minnesota in Week 7, the Packers lost veteran end Cullen Jenkins before kickoff after he sustained a calf injury in pre-game warm-ups. Then, another veteran end, Ryan Pickett, left the game after re-injuring his ankle on just his seventh snap.

All of a sudden the defensive line was comprised of second-year nose tackle B.J. Raji, second-year end Jarius Wynn, and rookie end C.J. Wilson. Raji ended up playing every snap but three, while Wilson and Wynn saw the most significant action of their careers in the 28-24 win.

Even though the Packers came away with the victory, the Vikings were able to post 196 yards on the ground, the most by an opponent since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 2009. Of those yards, 131 came from Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, who became the first back since the Rams’ Steven Jackson (Week 3 of ’09) to register 100 yards against the Green Bay defense. That snapped the Packers’ streak of 19 games without a 100-yard running back, the longest streak in the league at the time, and the longest one in team history since the merger behind only a 24-game span in 1970-71.

The defense should have more linemen at its disposal this Sunday, with Jenkins back in action along with veteran end Howard Green, claimed off waivers heading into Week 8, now on the roster. The status of one of the Packers’ best run-stoppers in Pickett is in question after he re-aggravated his ankle injury against Dallas in Week 9.

One thing working in Pickett’s favor was that the Packers did have their bye last week, so he has had an extended period of time to rest and treat the injury. The plan is for the veteran to practice on Thursday for the first time to see how the ankle responds.

Pickett admitted that while he obviously never wants to miss a game, a matchup against a division rival and one of the top backs in the NFL adds to his desire to get back on the field.

“The hard thing is picking a game not to play,” Pickett said. “It was like, ‘Oh, you should sit out before the bye week.’ The Cowboys, that was a big game. Every game coming up for us is a huge game, so it’s hard to step back and say just let it heal 100 percent.

“Every game is so important, and I don’t want to miss a snap.”

Peterson enters Sunday’s contest ranked No. 2 in the NFL with 908 yards on 197 carries (4.6 avg.), along with seven touchdowns. After struggling with fumbles earlier in his career, losing 13 in his first three seasons, Peterson has yet to fumble this season.

“He’s such a powerful runner,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He can turn a 2- and 3-yard run into the 8- and 9-yard run consistently. So you have to do an excellent job of low-tackling him and make sure you wrap him up and rally to the football.

“And then on top of that, he has the breakaway speed and the tenacity in his running style to finish runs. Anytime you play against Adrian, your run defense has to bring its A game.”

In seven games against Peterson since he entered the league in 2007, the Packers have enjoyed some success, with their top performance coming last season at Minnesota. After allowing two backs to post 100 yards in the first three games as they made the adjustment to Capers’ 3-4 scheme (Jackson and Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson), Green Bay limited Peterson to just 55 yards on 25 attempts in the Week 4 contest. That 2.2 average was the second-lowest mark of his career in games where he carried the ball 20 or more times.

In the Week 7 matchup at Lambeau Field this year, Peterson registered 131 yards, but the defense was able to limit his explosive gains. Of his 28 attempts, 21 (75 percent) went for 5 yards or fewer, and only three (14, 17, 11) went for 10-plus yards.

“He is one of the backs that when you game plan him, you want to get him stopped on the first level,” Jenkins said. “You don’t want to let him break through and get to the second and third levels of your defense because he really creates matchup problems once he starts getting back to the linebackers and the safeties.

“We have had some success against him in the past years, but this past game he ran for quite a bit on us. They ran for a lot of yards on us, so that’s our main focus going into this game.”

Looking to get back
Donald Driver returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since re-injuring his quadriceps at the N.Y. Jets in Week 8, and the veteran wideout is hopeful that he will be back on the field Sunday.

Driver participated in the jog-through portion of Wednesday’s practice before heading into the Don Hutson Center with the rest of the players that are rehabbing from injuries. McCarthy said he was encouraged by the fact that Driver is feeling better than he was the week leading into the game at New York, but how he responds Thursday from the work he did on Wednesday will be a better indicator of his status for Sunday.

Driver was inactive against Dallas in Week 9, the first time he had missed a game because of injury since he was sidelined in Week 2 of the 2003 season after injuring his neck in the season opener the previous week vs. Minnesota.

“To me it was bad, enough that I couldn’t play,” Driver said. “Knowing me, I’m one of those guys that can fight through anything. I just felt like I couldn’t fight through it anymore. It was one of those things where I had to let it heal on its own and it feels good now. I am hoping everything works out and I’ll be going on Sunday.”

Driver’s quad injury originally popped up in practice leading into the Week 6 contest against Miami, but he was on the field for the next three games, saying he thought it was a thigh bruise that he could play through. But he aggravated it against the Jets as it became more of a muscle strain, and he felt sitting out the Dallas game with the bye coming the next Sunday was the best long-term decision as he looked ahead.

“Once I feel like my body can’t do certain things then I am not going to risk tearing it up worse than it was,” Driver said. “It was enough of a tear to where maybe if I kept playing on it I would have made it worse and worse.

“We are playing well right now, and I didn’t want to miss the rest of the season by trying to fight through an injury. We had a bye week coming up. I felt like if I missed one game, it’s not going to hurt me and not going to hurt this team. I am hoping I can come back and finish the next seven games out.”

Driver not only recently saw a long games-played streak come to an end, but also his franchise-record streak of 133 consecutive regular-season games with a reception. He didn’t have a catch in the Packers’ 28-24 win over Minnesota in Week 8 as his snap count was down because of the injury, the first time he was shut out since Week 16 of 2001, also against the Vikings.

“I’m OK with it,” Driver said. “I think you get to a point where you would rather win the game than catch a ball. Against Minnesota, I was fine that I didn’t catch one. The streak, everything must come to an end. My streak came to an end.

“It was a great run at it. I think it will probably last forever now. I think Sterling (Sharpe, the previous record holder at 103 games) hoped that his would never get broken, but I am OK with someone breaking mine.”

Injury/participation update
Linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and cornerback Pat Lee (ankle) were full participants in practice on Wednesday.

Driver, Pickett, tackle Chad Clifton (knee), linebacker Clay Matthews (shin), tight end Andrew Quarless (shoulder) and cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) were limited participants.

For Minnesota, wide receiver Bernard Berrian (groin) and safety Eric Frampton (hamstring) did not participate in practice.

Quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/foot), wide receiver Percy Harvin (ankle), guard Anthony Herrera (elbow) and center John Sullivan (calf) were limited.

Cornerback Asher Allen (concussion), cornerback Chris Cook (knee) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) were full participants.

Additional coverage – Nov. 17

 
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