Packers roundup: Green Bay gets first look at Greg Jennings
It might not be the playoff rematch the league and NBC had hoped it would be when they scheduled the game for a national audience in prime time, but any meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings is must-see TV for fans around here.
For instance, Adrian Peterson has looked downright human for the Vikings this year, especially compared to his near-record-setting performance of a year ago. Minnesota's also cycled through three quarterbacks and is right back where it started: with Christian Ponder taking the snaps after Josh Freeman sustained a concussion Monday night.
On the Packers' side, the passing game is still orchestrated by Aaron Rodgers, but his band of receivers is depleted almost beyond recognition. Only Jordy Nelson remains from the opening day leading cast that included James Jones (knee), Randall Cobb (leg) and Jermichael Finley (neck).
Still, the defending NFC North champions have won three in a row and lead the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions by half a game despite the missing major contributors on both sides of the ball.
The Packers and Vikings play on NBC's Sunday Night Football with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing commentary. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. To recap the week of Packers coverage from the Associated Press and The Gazette's partners at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, check out the links below.
FINLEY'S FUTURE STATUS UNCERTAIN AFTER NECK INJURY
GREEN BAY—The future of Jermichael Finley on the football field remains unknown.
There were no timetables set Monday. Timetables took a backseat.
But a source did confirm that the Green Bay Packers tight end suffered a bruised spinal cord in his neck against the Cleveland Browns. He is expected to seek more medical opinions on the injury and take his time through the evaluation process. Read more ...
YOUNG RECEIVERS STEP UP AS PACKERS DEAL WITH INJURIES
GREEN BAY—With James Jones out, Jarrett Boykin got to fill in at practice last week and reveled in the rare opportunity. Finally, work with the starters.
Then Aaron Rodgers called the play in the huddle, lined up behind center and waved Boykin in motion.
Boykin didn't move.
Rodgers waved again.
Boykin was a statue.
Rodgers took the snap, made the play and didn't say a thing to his second-year receiver. Read more ...
JENNINGS BACKING OFF ON TRASH TALK
The offseason comments from receiver Greg Jennings questioning former Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers' leadership and whether the quarterback had become bigger than the team? Jennings, who signed with the archrival Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, said they were all made in jest.
What a coincidence—the Packers visit Minnesota on Sunday night in Jennings' first game against his former teammates. Read more ...
LACY, STARKS REJOIN FORCES IN PACKER BACKFIELD
GREEN BAY--Eddie Lacy, meet James Starks. James Starks, meet Eddie Lacy.
It almost seems as if that kind of introduction is necessary between the two Green Bay Packers running backs.
Despite being members of the Green Bay Packers, the two have barely passed each other in the hall when it comes to teaming up for rushing yards. Read more ...