Packers’ decision has everyone saying cheese’
It appears the Green Bay Packers have found an agreeable solution to the team photo controversy that popped up Tuesday when players on injured reserve discovered they wouldn’t be in the picture.
The Packers will take the photo the Friday before Super Bowl XLV, when all of their players are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“I’m really happy about this,” linebacker Nick Barnett said Wednesday. “Being a part of this picture means everything. It’s everything we worked for. Hopefully we will be Super Bowl champions and this will be forever lined in the halls of great Lambeau Field.”
Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley expressed dismay via their accounts on the social networking site Twitter when they found out that the team photo was scheduled to be taken Tuesday after media day in Dallas. Players on injured reserve were not scheduled to arrive in town until Thursday, thus the certainty they would be absent from the photo.
According to team spokesman Jeff Blumb, coach Mike McCarthy had not released a schedule to the players as of Tuesday and there was no official date or time set for the team photo. Players might have thought it was going to be Tuesday because that’s the day Super Bowl teams traditionally do it.
Blumb said McCarthy indicated Wednesday that the photo would be taken Friday on the campus of Southern Methodist University where the Packers will practice next week. All of the players will be in full uniform for the photo.
There will not be a photo taken on Tuesday.
The Packers have said that injured reserve players are being left home until Thursday so that they can continue their rehabs without putting too much pressure on the staff that will travel for the Super Bowl.
Whether the Packers changed plans to save face is a matter for conjecture. Barnett said he’s not sorry that he spoke up about the picture.
“Not only was it important for me but also the 15 others that were afraid to say how they felt,” he said. “If you are going to be a leader you sometimes have to take steps that are not that popular. But a couple guys called me today to tell me thank you. That felt as rewarding as anything I have ever done.”
Last updated: 3:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012