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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.


  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.



Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


McCarthy shortens practice

Posted Aug 29, 2011

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy cut Monday’s practice 25 minutes short, as he readies his team for a short-week, preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat out Monday’s practice as a precautionary measure as he deals with a foot strain. McCarthy said Rodgers’ foot “flared up on him this morning,” but he did not rule Rodgers out of playing on Thursday. Under McCarthy, the starters have generally played no more than one or two series in the final preseason game.

“Just being cautious,” McCarthy said of why he held Rodgers out of practice. “If it was up to him, he would have practiced today. I’m just being smart with him.”

When a pair of rookies, tight end Ryan Taylor (hip flexor) and receiver Randall Cobb (knee), bowed out midway through practice on Monday, McCarthy decided the smart play was to cancel the final two periods of the workout. The practice ended up lasting only one hour and 35 minutes, the only full-pads workout in camp that hasn’t approached or surpassed two hours.

“I’m really concerned about where we are just physically as a team,” McCarthy said. “I think our team is beat up right now.”

At the skill positions on offense, that’s definitely true. In addition to Taylor and Cobb, the offense also was without receivers Jordy Nelson (knee) and James Jones (knee) and tight end Jermichael Finley (ankle). McCarthy said Jones’ knee trouble is a recurrence of the issue he had in 2008 that had him in and out of the lineup all season, missing six games total.

“These are not major injuries,” McCarthy added. “I don’t see any of these players being out for an extended period of time.”

That said, McCarthy took into consideration the fact that the team is on a short, six-day week to get ready for Kansas City, with the regular-season opener against New Orleans just seven days after that.

That’s a quick turnaround as the team makes its final roster decisions this weekend and begins final preparations for the Saints, so McCarthy saw no point in pushing the players physically in what was the final full-pads practice of camp. The players will practice in helmets on Tuesday.

“We don’t have the extra couple days to get guys ready for our opening game,” McCarthy said. “You just have to trust your instincts. I think we’ve kind of hit the wall, and we have a game to play here. It’s an important game for a lot of young players in our locker room, and I want to make sure that I give them every chance to get ready for that contest to win a job on our football team.”

The good news on the injury front was that defensive end C.J. Wilson returned to practice on Monday from the concussion that had sidelined him since the Arizona game on Aug. 19. Safety Nick Collins (back) and cornerback Josh Gordy (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday after missing just one day.

Also, rookie cornerback Davon House looked as close to being back to full strength from his earlier hamstring injury as he has since returning to practice last week. He broke up a deep pass to the end zone intended for Greg Jennings and got a deflection on a slant route that resulted in an interception for rookie defensive end Eli Joseph. Jennings got a little revenge, though, beating House deep later in practice for a long reception.

To help prepare all the young players for their final preseason showing, McCarthy changed things up in practice a bit as well. Rather than have the starting units work against scout-team looks, he had the starters running scout-team looks against the second and third units on both sides of the ball.

Safety Morgan Burnett was especially active, ripping a reception away from rookie tight end D.J. Williams for an interception and snagging another pick on an overthrown ball intended for tight end Tom Crabtree. Earlier, Burnett almost had another interception when he jumped a short hook route.

Burnett’s starting job doesn’t appear in jeopardy, but he did make a costly error in Indianapolis last Friday when he charged ahead to guard the wrong receiver as cornerback Sam Shields was passing off receiver Reggie Wayne to him. Wayne caught a 57-yard touchdown pass all alone down the sideline.

“If it’s going to happen, you want those types of plays to happen in the preseason,” McCarthy said. “The safeties all can learn from that particular play.”

That was one of two big plays the defense allowed in an otherwise solid effort against the Colts, while the offense produced a lot of yardage but was bogged down by sacks and left some points on the field.

Eliminating those occasional hiccups is what McCarthy is focused on as camp concludes and the opener rapidly approaches.

“You don’t get to throw out two plays on defense, and you can’t throw out the negative plays on offense and one or two plays on special teams,” McCarthy said. “That’s the gap that we need to close before the regular season gets here.”

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