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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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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.

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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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