Coming Up
  • 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 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

  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.


Mike Spofford

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


Packers notes: Wilson provides insurance at DE

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Ideally, the Packers want defensive lineman Mike Neal on the field for the season opener next Thursday. If Neal’s knee injury isn’t healed, though, the Packers can at least be confident that C.J. Wilson is ready to contribute.

Wilson, who sustained a concussion in the second preseason game against Arizona on Aug. 19, returned for the preseason finale on Thursday against Kansas City and showed stoutness against the run that defensive line coach Mike Trgovac had to appreciate.

On the opening play of the Chiefs’ second series, Wilson bottled up running back Jamaal Charles after just a 1-yard gain. On the next drive, he shed a block again to stone Thomas Jones at the line of scrimmage on second-and-5.

“I’ve been waiting to get back,” Wilson said after the game. “I was mad I was out, missing it. Coach ‘Trgo’ did a great job working (with me) on technique, and it pays off.”

Wilson, a seventh-round pick from East Carolina in 2010, bulked up by about 20 pounds this past offseason. His pass-rush is still a work in progress, but his ability as a hold-the-point guy against the run could become his trademark within the defensive scheme.

“I feel I can,” Wilson said when asked if he can become a reliable run-stopper. “I feel I’ve gotten a lot better since last year. I’m learning how to read the offensive line better, but I still have a long way to go.”

On the mend: Outside linebacker Frank Zombo, who fractured his scapula two weeks ago against Arizona, believes he’s only two to three weeks away from returning to action.

“That’s what I’m looking at right now,” Zombo said. “I’m hearing all positive things. I feel great. Functionally, I can do a lot. I’m just waiting on this bone to heal.”

Of course, players are always going to be the most optimistic, so take Zombo’s prognosis for what it’s worth. Neal has been “day to day” since Aug. 16 when he injured his knee but hasn’t returned yet.

That said, Zombo is as tough as they come, returning from an ankle injury in training camp last year that looked impossible to walk on. He is not expecting to be placed on season-ending injured reserve when the final roster decisions are made on Saturday.

“I was told I wouldn’t (be put on IR), and that they’re expecting me to help this team,” he said.

An old foe: In making their final roster evaluations, the Packers benefited from the fact that the Chiefs played their starters most of Thursday’s game against Green Bay’s reserves.

That resulted in cornerback Pat Lee, on the bubble for a roster spot, spending some of the night covering an old college opponent in Kansas City’s No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe. Both players are from the Southeastern Conference; Lee from Auburn, Bowe from LSU.

“It felt good to go with their ones and put out good film against their ones,” Lee said.

Bowe finished with eight catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, but only a portion of his catches came against Lee. The TD came against Josh Gordy, another corner trying to nail down a roster spot.

Lee allowed a big play in the second quarter on a 29-yard reception by Bowe over the middle, but he recovered to punch the ball out from behind. Unfortunately, the ball bounced out of bounds and the Chiefs retained possession. Lee also recovered two fumbles by Charles in the game, returning one 67 yards.

Same time, different year: Backup guard/center Evan Dietrich-Smith was in this same position the past two years, waiting on roster-reduction day to learn his fate. He made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2009 – the only one to do so that year – but then was released last season.

He was claimed on waivers by Seattle but was released after four games. Then he came back to Green Bay in Week 17 last year as a reserve throughout the postseason run and Super Bowl, and he might be in position to stick around again. Dietrich-Smith flip-flopped with Nick McDonald between left guard and center with the No. 2 offensive line against the Chiefs, and he might be the most versatile of the Packers’ interior backups.

“I can’t really speculate on what they want,” Dietrich-Smith said. “I felt I’ve made my statement with my performance in the preseason, and I’m going to let them take it from there.

“If they feel I’m the guy, then I’m the guy, and if I’m not, I can’t sit here and say I didn’t try my best. If it doesn’t work out here, there are still other options, other places, but this is where I want to be. This is what I want to do. I want to play for the Green Bay Packers.”

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