Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


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Matthews expects full workload soon

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says that his left shoulder injury is improving, and that he hopes to get more snaps in Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Matthews has been playing through the injury when he was hurt following a crunching, blind-slide block by Eagles lineman Allen Barbre on Nov. 28.

Matthews’ production has tailed off as he plays through the pain, with no sacks and just two tackles in a limited role the past three weeks.

Matthews said on Thursday that he’s encouraged as he gradually gets strength and range of motion back. He says the goal is to get back to as close to 100 percent as possible.

Matthews says he hasn’t suffered any setbacks while playing through the injury. He has also missed four games this season with a hamstring injury.

“I feel like this week with where I’m at mentally, I feel like this week should be a week where I can hopefully do the things that I’m accustomed to doing,” Matthews said.


Lang gets long-awaited Pro Bowl nod

A bright green folder waiting for T.J. Lang at his locker after practice contained information for a possible vacation to Florida at the end of January.

If all goes as planned for Lang, the Packers’ offensive lineman won’t have to go to the Pro Bowl in Orlando because Green Bay will be getting ready for the Super Bowl the following week.

But the eight-year veteran is proud of his long sought-after Pro Bowl recognition, a reward for a body of work the past few seasons as well as another year of fighting through injury after injury at an unglamorous position.

“About time,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think we all felt that way for T.J.”

The right guard is one of three Packers who were selected to the Pro Bowl this week. Like Lang, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is also being honored for the first time.


Rodgers a full participant at Packers practice

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was listed as a full practice participant for the first time since being slowed by the first of two leg injuries.

Green Bay began on-field work Wednesday in preparation for their game Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers injured his left hamstring during the second half of a win on Nov. 28 over the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarterback hurt his right calf on the third play of the game of a victory on Dec. 11 over Seattle.

The first injury report for practice this week listed Rodgers as a full go, dealing with just the calf injury.

“It certainly helps. Overall preparation, obviously some (practice) plays can operate and play without taking the entire number of reps,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said Wednesday evening after practice.


Packers develop more options on offense

An athletic tight end added to the passing game. Deep balls turned into game-changing plays.

And in the backfield, a former receiver has turned into a breakaway threat on the ground.

The Green Bay Packers have found offensive balance and more options for quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the team’s late-season surge back into the playoff picture.

That “run the table” comment that Rodgers made when the Packers were 4-6 — referring to Green Bay needing to win its final six regular-season games — isn’t such a far-fetched idea after all.

“Obviously it’s a leap of faith, but also a feeling based on seeing these guys every single day, understanding how close I felt like we were to being a better offense,” Rodgers said Tuesday.


Rodgers looks to keep roll going against Bears

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are once again handing out decisive victories over top teams, and they are hoping to jump to the top of the NFC North.

It might take a Lambeau Leap.

The Packers come into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field with three straight wins after dropping four in a row and renewed hope — if not much room for error.

Green Bay (7-6) wiped out NFC West leader Seattle last week, intercepting Russell Wilson five times in a 38-10 romp, and will try to keep rolling against a team that has looked lost all season. Whether it has been injuries, suspensions or poor execution, just about everything has gone wrong for Chicago (3-10).


Burnett’s versatility bolsters defense

Now that converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery is listed as a running back, Morgan Burnett has no interest in a similar switch being made on the Green Bay Packers’ roster and depth chart.

“No, I’m a safety,” Burnett said with a big laugh Thursday. “That’s what I am. I’m a safety that sometimes plays in the box.”

Burnett’s transition in recent weeks to playing a valuable role as a hybrid safety and linebacker comes just as the Packers defense is getting better as it gets healthier, especially in the secondary.

Opponents have struggled to score points, the takeaways that were hard to come by earlier in the season are adding up, and Green Bay (7-6) is back to playing winning football in its quest for the playoffs.

“Guys are just starting to click,” Damarious Randall said.

Randall’s return at cornerback has been a boost.


Rodgers misses practice to focus on rehab

As reporters encircled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at his locker, linebacker Clay Matthews hurried past and shouted out in jest perhaps the most important question of the week.

“A-Rod, are you playing?” Matthews yelled.

Oh yes, Rodgers plans to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. He just didn’t practice Wednesday to focus on rehabbing his leg injuries, a plan coach Mike McCarthy said will likely stay in place for the quarterback through Thursday.

McCarthy said Rodgers told him not to hold anything back for the game plan against the Bears as Green Bay seeks a fourth consecutive victory as they chase a spot in the playoffs.

“I’m very optimistic by nature. So we can always take things out. It’s harder to add things back in,” Rodgers said. “So get everything in, and if there’s anything we’ve got to take out on Sunday, we’ll do that.”


Green Bay won’t doubt Thomas-less Seahawks

The loss of safety Earl Thomas to a season-ending injury left a gaping hole in the Seattle Seahawks’ formidable defense.

The Green Bay Packers are more concerned about the considerable talent still left with the Seahawks.

Life without Thomas begins Sunday when Seattle travels to Lambeau Field in an important game in the NFC playoff picture. The Packers (6-6) need a win to keep pace with first-place Detroit in the NFC North. The

Seahawks (8-3-1) have two avenues to clinch the NFC West on Sunday, the easiest being a win over Green Bay along with an Arizona loss or tie.

Whatever happens, coach Pete Carroll’s club must play the rest of the season without Thomas, the former All-Pro safety who broke his lower left leg in last week’s 40-7 win over Carolina.


Peppers gets midweek practice break

Julius Peppers doesn’t like to take breaks.

He has missed just two practices in his three seasons with the Packers. One was late last year, and the other came Wednesday. Both were just days off for rest.

Coach Mike McCarthy plans to give Peppers a midweek practice break the rest of the season, his 15th in the league. Peppers is still productive, with a sack in three straight games going into the Packers’ critical contest Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

“He has a very old-school approach,” McCarthy said Thursday. “He just does not want to come off the field, and I think he’s a tremendous example for your younger players and has been a tremendous asset to our program.”


Perry out vs. Seattle with hand injury

The Packers’ banged-up defense has taken another hit with linebacker Nick Perry ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with what coach Mike McCarthy called a “significant hand injury.”

Perry, who leads the team with eight sacks, was also effective against the run. He got hurt in the first half of last week’s win over Houston before returning after halftime playing with a heavily-wrapped left hand.

McCarthy said Wednesday that he didn’t know how long Perry would be sidelined, but that the pass rusher would be re-evaluated on Monday.

The loss of Perry is the latest blow to a defense that has had injuries mount at cornerback and now linebacker. McCarthy said Clay Matthews wouldn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday as he works through a left shoulder injury.


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