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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • 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

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Packers' depth on defense to be tested

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers confident in “next man up” at outside and inside LB spots


GREEN BAY—The Packers have acted out this play before, but this time it’s with different characters.

Last year, when Pro Bowler Clay Matthews missed a month with a hamstring injury, Erik Walden and Dezman Moses held down the fort at outside linebacker well enough to help the Packers win three of four games in Matthews’ absence.

This year, as the Packers prepare to be without Matthews (broken thumb) for “multiple weeks,” according to Mike McCarthy, the spotlight will shine on Nick Perry and Mike Neal, and from the head coach on down there’s every belief they can get the job done.

“I am confident,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously, we’re a better football team with Clay Matthews on the field. But we’ve had injuries here in the past, and it’s next-guy-up mentality.

“Nick had two sacks on Sunday, Mike had a sack on Sunday, Andy Mulumba played well. It’s going to be on those guys and Nate Palmer to pick up the slack.”

The performances of Perry and Neal last week against Detroit were certainly encouraging. Going against a Lions offense that had allowed only three sacks through four games, Perry and Neal combined for three of the Packers’ five sacks on the day.

Then again, there was the second half in Cincinnati without Matthews, when neither outside linebacker did anything noteworthy and Bengals QB Andy Dalton posted a 150-plus passer rating over two quarters.

“We’re going to miss Clay,” said Neal, whose conversion from defensive end to outside linebacker this year has gone rather smoothly. “Clay brings a lot of stuff to the table, but I think people get so caught up in Clay’s ability to make plays, that everybody just has to play their game.

“I’m not trying to mimic Clay. I’m not Clay. I’m Mike Neal. I’ll be able to play like Mike Neal plays.”

Neal added that he may try to slim down another five to six pounds – he has already dropped about 20 pounds from last year with the position switch – to help him play more snaps.

Perry, meanwhile, could benefit from switching sides of the defensive formation. Both of his sacks against the Lions came from the right side, against the offense’s left tackle, which is the spot Matthews normally plays.

“It was nice to see him get a sack or two,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We know Nick can play. He’s a handful for anybody to block all game. We all know that. He’s been injured (last year as a rookie) and what not. He’s going to be a great rusher for us now and years to come.”

Behind Perry and Neal will be rookies Mulumba and Palmer. Mulumba missed practice on Wednesday with a swollen ankle, but McCarthy said he hopes he can practice on Thursday.

Palmer is a sixth-round pick from Illinois State who had a quiet training camp until flashing in the preseason finale with a sack and forced fumble, helping him make the team.

“I’m just waiting my time,” Palmer said. “I want to get out there and show what I’ve got, but you just have to wait for your opportunity, and when your opportunity comes you have to capitalize.”

That’s precisely the approach being taken by inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore, who will now start alongside A.J. Hawk due to injuries to Brad Jones (hamstring) and Robert Francois (Achilles, IR). McCarthy said Jones’ injury is not expected to be long term.

A special-teams standout in his three-year pro career, Lattimore is next in line at a position that has been an injury-induced revolving door in recent years. In 2010, Desmond Bishop stepped in for Nick Barnett. Then last year, Jones took over after both Bishop and D.J. Smith went down.

McCarthy spoke of the “good football” Lattimore has played for the Packers and believes he’s “ready to go.”

“It’s a big chance for anybody, not necessarily me, but for anybody who steps on the field,” said Lattimore, who will be backed up by rookie seventh-round pick Sam Barrington.

“I’m trying to calm myself down, but I’m excited. Very excited. You don’t overthink it or overdo it. Just take it how it comes. Don’t be too anxious or too worried. Just trust your training.”

As others have done before him.

Additional coverage - Oct. 9

 
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