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August 29, 2015

Former Packers Executive, John Underwood passes away at 81

John Underwood - Photo: Courtesy of Packers.com

John Underwood – Photo: Courtesy of Packers.com

Former Green Bay Packers Executive Committee Treasurer and longtime member of the Board of Directors, John Underwood, passed away this week at the age of 81.

Underwood was first elected to the Packers Board of Directors in 1986.  He was soon-there-after elected to the Executive Committee as Treasurer in 1990 and served in that role until becoming Director of Emeritus in 2005.

“John was a great supporter of the Packers and an integral member of the Packers family for many years,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “I don’t think anyone knew the finances of the Packers and the NFL better than John. He was instrumental in the redevelopment of Lambeau Field in 2003, and is a main reason that the Packers are in such sound financial shape now.

“Our condolences go out to his wife, Gail, and his family.”

 

Guion loses his appeal with the NFL

Letroy Guion

Letroy Guion

Letroy Guion has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2015 season, losing his appeal with the NFL.

The penalty is the result of his offseason arrest in which police seized more than $190,000 in cash, 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded gun in his truck.

Guion was notified of the three-game ban this week.

The Packers have been preparing themselves for a suspension ever since his arrest but they were hoping for only a game or two after Guion paid a $5,000 fine in a plea deal to avoid prosecution.

Guion stands to lose nearly a half-million dollars in salary as a result of the suspension.  He is a projected starter at defensive end this season, which means the Packers will have to find a replacement for the first three games.

Packers offensive line has issues heading into Eagles game

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers returned to the practice field on Tuesday with  three of their five starting offensive linemen sidelined by injury.

T.J. Lang is sidelined with a concussion, fellow guard Josh Sitton is sidelined by an ankle injury and left tackle David Bakhtiari is still bothered by a knee injury.

The Packers practiced with an offensive line that consisted of Don Barclay, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, Josh Walker and Bryan Bulaga from left to right.

Sitton was in a boot over the weekend but was walking without it at practice on Tuesday.

Those injuries could limit Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ starters in Saturday’s game.  Last year, Rodgers played six series in the third exhibition before he sat the final preseason game.

Scott Tolzien is also sidelined with a concussion and probably won’t play on Saturday.  That leaves the Packers with Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard, who are expected to get the bulk of the snaps on Saturday night.

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Randall Cobb is dedicating the season to fellow receiver Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

The Green Bay Packers confirmed reports that wide receiver Jordy Nelson suffered a serious knee injury (torn ACL) and will miss the remainder of the season.

Nelson, who has tallied 1,000 yard receiving seasons in three of the last four years and caught 43 touchdown passes over the last four years, will be sorely missed.  Fellow starter Randall Cobb is dedicating the season  to his teammate.  Cobb said via Twitter: “I’m going to miss lining up next to my bro this year. He has been one of the most influential players I have ever played with on and off the field. I’m dedicating this season to him.”

The Packers will return to the practice field today and will start the process of figuring out who fits where, among the remaining players to try to fill the spot that opened with the loss of Nelson.

Before training camp started, the Packers were the pick by many to win Super Bowl 50.  The loss of Nelson won’t help that cause, but it doesn’t have to mean the Packers chances end here. [Read more…]

Nelson suffers knee injury, set to undergo tests today

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

The Green Bay Packers may have to figure out how they’re going get to Super Bowl 50 without Jordy Nelson.  Coming off a career season in 2014, Nelson went down early with a knee injury in the Packers 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The injury took place without any defensive contact and he reportedly tore his A-C-L on the play, which would likely end his season.

Nelson will undergo tests this morning to determine the severity of his knee injury.

It would certainly be a devastating injury for the Packers.  He finished seventh in the NFL with 98 catches, fourth in receiving yards with 1,519 and tied for second with 13 touchdowns.  Nelson has 43 touchdown catches over the last four seasons.

Nelson has also become a leader off the field as well.  But with respect to Nelson, the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers.  He makes receivers better and will do so again if Nelson can’t return to the team this season.

It also appears as if second year tight end Richard Rodgers is ready to break out and have a big year, something the Packers didn’t have last season.  Who will stretch the field like Nelson did?  Maybe it’s Jeff Janis, or rookie Ty Montgomery.  Certainly Davante Adams will step in as a second-year receiver to help carry the load.  Maybe the Packers won’t find a receiver that can stretch the field like Nelson did.  But with Rodgers, the Packers will find other ways to make-up for what Nelson brought them, if the wide receiver can’t make it back. [Read more…]