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Bart Starr returns to Lambeau Field

Wearing a Green Bay Packers sweater while sitting near a podium at his beloved Lambeau Field, Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr looked up and smiled.

Behind Starr was memorabilia that Packers fans might view as priceless, including Starr’s 1967 championship ring for winning Super Bowl II and a 50th anniversary Super Bowl MVP jacket. He donated them to the Packers Hall of Fame.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Starr said softly on Monday, with his wife, Cherry nearby. “We’re really pleased to be here.”

The fact that he made the trip up from his home in Alabama might be the 83-year-old Starr’s most important victory of late. He joined other members of the 1967 title team for a celebration of the squad’s 50th anniversary over the weekend.

Starr is recovering from two strokes and a heart attack suffered in 2014. It has been an arduous road back for Starr.


Packers place Rodgers on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers have placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone.

The team made the move on Friday. Rodgers and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said that the surgery went well. The procedure was done Thursday outside of Green Bay.

The two-time NFL MVP is out indefinitely. McCarthy has said Rodgers could miss the rest of the season after getting hurt last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.

Backup Brett Hundley has replaced Rodgers. He will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to “take out” Rodgers with the hit Sunday.

After spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Barr was cleared Friday and allowed to speak to the media for the first time since Sunday’s game.


Burnett sidelined by hamstring injury

Both teams will be missing key players when the Green Bay Packers face the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Packers safety Morgan Burnett will miss the game with a hamstring injury, and Green Bay might be down another starter in the secondary in cornerback Kevin King.

Burnett was ruled out on Friday, and the Packers listed King as doubtful. The rookie cornerback, who is in the concussion protocol, hasn’t practiced yet this week.

The Packers will need a new defensive signal-caller with Burnett out, a responsibility that likely will fall to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Another starting cornerback, Davon House, is questionable. Green Bay’s secondary will catch a break though with speedy receiver Stefon Diggs ruled out by the Vikings with a groin injury.

Packers running back Ty Montgomery is questionable, though he has been a full participant at practice wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs.


Montgomery appears close to return

Injured Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has a chance to play Sunday at Minnesota.

Montgomery was listed as full participant for a second straight day Thursday while wearing a flak jacket to protect broken ribs sustained against Chicago on Sept. 28. The practice

Thursday was the lone padded workout of the week and a key in determining his availability.

“I played with one in high school,” Montgomery said. “It’s very normal. A flak jacket is very normal. It’s not in the way or anything.”

Montgomery said he “felt fine” after getting hit a couple times.

“Based on what we’ve seen in practice, I think he can” play, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said Thursday night. “They have equipment now that can basically absorb any type of impact. Based on what he’s done the past two days, I would say that he’s moving around and it seems like he could play.


Nelson doing damage again in red zone

Out of all the talented receiving options on the Green Bay Packers, one stands above the rest inside the 20-yard line.

Few wideouts in the NFL have been as productive inside the red zone as Jordy Nelson.

Four of his league-best five scoring catches have come inside the 20, including two in the second half last week against the Chicago Bears. Last season, 11 of Nelson’s NFL-high 15 touchdown catches were in the red zone.

This is in part because of the volume of scoring opportunities on the Packers’ potent offense. The running game also hasn’t been consistently productive since the start of the 2016 season.

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers behind center, there is always a chance to score.

“Definitely on the same page with Aaron,” coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday about Nelson.


Adams tweets that he’s at home after hit

Packers receiver Davante Adams tweeted Friday that he was at home and “feeling great” a day after taking a frightening hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan.

Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter on Thursday night after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Trevathan. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to Adams. He gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field.

The Packers said he was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities.

Trevathan was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty following Adams’ 8-yard catch but was not ejected; any fine would not come to light until next week. Green Bay won the game 35-14.


Packers lay out Bears, injuries mount

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two quarters. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field.

The Packers lost two more key players to injuries. Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury.

Linebacker Blake Martinez also left with an undisclosed injury.

The Packers capitalized on an awful start by Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers.


Injuries continue to hit Packers line

The Green Bay Packers have placed veteran long snapper Brett Goode on injured reserve with a hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and signed rookie long snapper Taybor Pepper, who was with the team for part of the offseason program.

Goode suffered his injury early on against the Bengals but toughed it out, snapping for the game-tying extra point at the end of regulation and for the game-winning field goal in overtime.

The team’s health issues won’t be helped by the short week, as the Packers prepare to host the Chicago Bears on Thursday.


Bengals at early crossroads with visit to Packers

Just three weeks into the season and the Cincinnati Bengals are already at a crossroads.

About the last thing that the struggling team needed was a trip to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the Green Bay Packers.

Injuries that could leave the Packers without several key players may help Cincinnati’s chances of digging out from a 0-2 start.

Green Bay (1-1) is still smarting from a loss at Atlanta, eager to get back on track as an NFC contender.

“Our focus is on the uncommon opponent in the Bengals, but we have a lot of work to do ourselves,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers represents the great equalizer, capable of winning any game regardless of the circumstances.


Packers hit hard by injuries in loss to Falcons

A slew of injuries to key players could leave the Green Bay Packers scrambling this week. Perhaps the week after that, too.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week the team’s medical staff was still “trying to get their hands around” the avalanche of injuries that occurred during the team’s 34-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, although none of the injuries appear to be season-ending.

Already forced to play without starting offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle), the Packers lost standout defensive tackle Mike Daniels to a hamstring injury on the Falcons’ first offensive possession. Then wide receiver Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers’ top offensive weapon, sustained a quadriceps injury on the Packers’ first possession. Neither player returned to the game.


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