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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.


Sitton likely to miss Giants game

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Of the Packers’ injuries from Thursday’s game, right guard Josh Sitton’s sprained knee appears to be the most significant.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that Sitton would be “hard-pressed” to play in Green Bay’s next game Dec. 4 at New York, but he did give inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop, both of whom left the Detroit game with calf strains, “a chance” for the Giants contest.

Sitton had been listed on the injury report the last several weeks with a knee injury, but McCarthy said this was a new injury that occurred on a running play in the first half against the Lions.

“You can see it clearly on film,” McCarthy said.

Evan Dietrich-Smith replaced Sitton – perhaps the team’s most durable lineman, having not missed a single snap in either 2009 or 2010 – for the rest of the game, getting his first meaningful action on offense this year. He had the unenviable task at first of blocking Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, with some help from center Scott Wells, at times, before Suh was ejected in the third quarter.

“He played fast,” Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin said of Dietrich-Smith. “That’s the one thing we were most pleased with; he wasn’t hesitant. He played decisively and aggressively. He certainly wasn’t perfect but we liked the way he played.”

The Packers could be a little thin on the offensive line for the Giants game without Sitton, because McCarthy said left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) won’t be back by then, either. Earlier projections had Clifton possibly returning for the Giants game, but that timetable has been pushed back.

McCarthy said Dietrich-Smith played “OK” but wouldn’t commit to him being Sitton’s full-time replacement, yet, saying the coaching staff would discuss it during game-planning for the Giants. The other options would be two rookies, Ray Dominguez or Derek Sherrod, who has worked more at tackle but did play left guard during training camp.

“Anytime a player goes into the game, particularly on offense, and you don’t have to adjust your plan, that in itself is a win,” McCarthy said, commenting on Dietrich-Smith’s play. “Now, did he have a winning performance? That’s something we’ll go through with all our players when they get back here Tuesday.

“But we did not have to deviate from anything that we had in the game plan, and that’s a credit to all our players that stepped up yesterday and played.”

That includes inside linebackers Robert Francois and D.J. Smith, who replaced Hawk and Bishop, respectively. When both starters left the game, the defense had to resort to the old-fashioned way of signaling in plays from the sideline because Hawk and Bishop were the only Packers defenders authorized to have the speaker system in their helmets.

“Hand signals and yell like hell,” McCarthy said. “That’s about how we did it, and it worked.”

So did the insertion of undrafted rookie Brandon Saine into the running back rotation. Saine caught a swing pass out of the flat on the first drive of the third quarter, made a defender miss, and picked up nine yards.

He added two rushes in the fourth quarter for 10 yards. The coaches put him in as another option aside from Ryan Grant when they decided the lead was big enough not to push James Starks on a gimpy ankle and knee.

“We’ve had packages of plays in the plan for a couple of weeks for Brandon,” McCarthy said. “He has earned the opportunity and he took advantage of it.”

Philbin called Saine a “quick study” and is impressed with his smarts and his quiet, serious approach.

“A coach has to have faith and confidence in a player to put him in a game,” Philbin said. “He’s a guy you feel good about.”

The Packers also feel good about the mini-bye the Thanksgiving game has provided. McCarthy gave the players off until Tuesday, when they’ll have a day of meetings and film review before returning to the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for the Giants.

McCarthy said the coaching staff would have its preliminary game plan for New York ready by Monday, watch the Giants game that night against the Saints, and then present the final game plan to the players on Tuesday.

“I feel good about our health,” McCarthy said. “I’ll feel a lot better when I see them on the practice field on Wednesday.”

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