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  • 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
  • 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.

     

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Surgery for Bishop; House wait and see

Posted Aug 11, 2012

Desmond Bishop’s hamstring injury will require surgery, Mike McCarthy announced on Saturday night, and the starting inside linebacker’s season is “in jeopardy.”

Bishop injured both his knee and hamstring when he got twisted awkwardly while making a tackle in the first quarter in San Diego on Thursday night. McCarthy said the knee injury is classified as a “sprain,” but the hamstring will need to be repaired surgically and a decision on Bishop’s status will be made after the procedure.

“It’s unfortunate,” McCarthy said after a 1-hour, 35-minute practice on Saturday night, the final evening workout of training camp. “Everybody knows the type of player Desmond is for us. He’s clearly one of the spiritual-type individuals, (with) the energy he brings to the workplace, and just the way he plays.

“He puts so much into it, and after last year with his calf injuries, I know he was really looking forward to having a big year.”

McCarthy said an option with Bishop might be to use the team’s one injured reserve exemption, which is a new rule (still needing approval from the players’ union) that would allow one player on IR to be designated to return to the active roster after at least half the season. But whether or not Bishop is even a candidate to return this year won’t be known until after his surgery.

Either way, second-year pro D.J. Smith now steps into Bishop’s starting spot long-term, much as he did in a shorter stint late last season as a rookie. Smith had an interception and averaged 10 tackles per game over a three-game December stretch as a starter, which McCarthy referenced in calling him “ready” for this. Smith also was playing with the No. 1 defense in Bishop’s place the first few days in camp while Bishop recovered from a calf strain.

“I think that has prepared me a little bit,” Smith said earlier Saturday, before the players had been informed of Bishop’s situation. “I know the defense. I’m good with my assignments.

“Everyone is going to make it a group effort to fill that void and we’ll see what happens.”

Essentially, all the other inside linebackers – Robert Francois, Jamari Lattimore and rookie Terrell Manning – move up one spot on the depth chart now, behind starters A.J. Hawk and Smith.

“It gives others some opportunities on special teams, and this is something the depth in our linebacker group will absorb,” McCarthy said. “It’s time for those individuals to take advantage.”

Shuffling continues in the defensive backfield as well due to cornerback Davon House’s shoulder injury. McCarthy said House would go through a two-to-three-week rehab program, after which time a decision would be made whether his shoulder will need surgery, or if he can play with a harness.

“Which is tough to do obviously as a DB,” McCarthy said. “That’s not one of the positions you want to be putting a harness on your players, because of obviously the limitations it gives to the joint.”

McCarthy said House is “eager” to begin the rehab and see where he stands. As time goes on, he’ll likely discuss his situation with veteran cornerback Charles Woodson, who played extensively with a shoulder harness for a similar injury back in 2006.

House had been making a strong push for a front-line job in both the base and nickel defenses with an impressive start to camp and in Thursday’s game, before the injury. In House’s absence, rookie corner Casey Hayward saw a number of snaps with the first units on Saturday night, while a host of other defensive backs – cornerback Jarrett Bush and safeties Jerron McMillian and Anthony Levine among them – took turns in various sub packages as well.

One new injury on defense is to rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, who missed practice on Saturday and is day to day with a knee issue. The good news was fellow rookie lineman Mike Daniels returned to practice.

On the other side of the ball, running back James Starks missed practice with turf toe and is “week to week,” according to McCarthy. Also, tight end Jermichael Finley’s quad has him “pressed” to be ready for the second preseason game on Thursday vs. Cleveland.

Starting left tackle Marshall Newhouse (concussion) remains out, and his reps with the No. 1 offensive line were split between Herb Taylor and rookie Andrew Datko in Saturday’s practice. Tight end Ryan Taylor and receiver Greg Jennings still haven’t returned from their concussions, either.

“All three guys are still working through (the protocol),” McCarthy said. “I’d like to think Marshall’s close. Ryan is definitely closer than Greg.”

At running back, with Starks, Brandon Saine and rookie Du’ane Bennett out, and Alex Green still on a snap count, the position is perilously thin. The same goes for tight end without Finley, Taylor and Andrew Quarless (PUP).

“This is probably the highest number of injuries we’ve had in camp, and we just have to be smart with our team,” McCarthy said.

The players return to a daytime practice schedule beginning with Sunday’s 11:15 a.m. workout, which McCarthy anticipated would be shorter than prior camp practices as well.

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