September 17, 2014

Packers rally from 18 down to beat Jets (AUDIO)

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

The Green Bay Packers fell behind by 18-points in the first half on Sunday, then rebounded to knock off the New York Jets 31-24 at Lambeau Field.

Things started slow for the Packers on both sides of the ball.  Aaron Rodgers fumbled the first snap from center and the Jets recovered.  Geno Smith eventually found the end zone from 1-yard out and the Jets led 7-0.

The Jets defense then went to work on the Packers and forced a punt.  Geno Smith responded with a 29 yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker and New York jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

Mason Crosby broke the dry spell for the Packers, booting a shot 31-yard field goal and it was 14-3 Jets.

On the next Jets possession, Chris Ivory capped off a 17 play, 80 yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 21-3 New York.

The Packers managed to get two more Mason Crosby field goals, from 20 yards and 55 yards to make it 21-9 Jets.

What happened next was the turning point in the football game.  The Jets looked like they were headed for more first half points when Geno Smith was hit while throwing a pass for the end zone.  The pass came up short and Tramon Williams picked it off at the three yard line.  [Read more...]

Lattimore gets his chance: Packers vs. Jets today!

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

After Brad Jones struggled at Seattle, it’s Jamari Lattimore’s chance at inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers today when they host the New York Jets (3:25pm kick) at Lambeau Field today.

Jones has a quadriceps injury that may have contributed to his poor performance against the Seahawks and will sideline him today.  Given Jones’ play at times, if Lattimore performs at a high level, there’s a chance he could keep the job.

Lattimore started four games last season while Jones dealt with injuries.  He had a career high 14 tackles and a sack against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 20th.

The Packers tendered Lattimore as a restricted free agent at the lowest rate ($1.431 million) during the offseason.  There was no guarantee of anything heading into training camp.  But one week into the season, Lattimore will start against the New York Jets today.  The Packers are looking for Lattimore to grab the bull by the horns and help a defense that has struggled to stop the run. [Read more...]

Lacy could return to face the Jets on Sunday

Brandon Bostick - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Brandon Bostick – UPI/Robert Cornforth

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said running back Eddie Lacy was in the final stages of the concussion protocol that is mandated by the NFL.  Not only does Lacy have a chance to practice later today, but he could play Sunday in the home opener against the New York Jets.

Lacy suffered a concussion in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday, his second concussion in as many seasons.

In order to return on Sunday, Lacy must be cleared by an independent neurologist.

More injury news

Bryan Bulaga and Brandon Bostick both practiced on Wednesday and both could play Sunday against the Jets.  But Mike McCarthy said they’ll need to practice in a padded workout today and come away in good shape.  Bulaga suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the Seattle game, while Bostick  suffered a fractured right fibula against St. Louis on Aug. 16.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on Brandon Bostick :17

Linebacker Brad Jones didn’t practice at all on Wednesday because of a thigh strain and it was determined he needed to get healthy.  If Jones doesn’t suit up on Sunday, Jamari Lattimore would likely get the start in his place.  The Packers could also use Sam Barrington during Sunday’s game.

Jones struggled in last Thursday’s season opening loss against Seattle.

 

 

 

Bart Starr suffers mild stroke, full recovery expected

Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Bart Starr is in a Birmingham, Alabama, hospital recovering from a mild stroke.

Bart Starr

Bart Starr

The family described Starr as “very functional” and “making progress every day.”  They believe he’ll make a full recovery.

Starr turned 80 years old in January but has maintained an active lifestyle.

“He is in the care of his physicians and therapists, and will be released as soon as he regains his strength,” the family said through a release.  “Bart’s doctors are confident for a full recovery.  We remain grateful for your love and concern.”

Starr won five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls.  He won the NFL MVP award in 1966, he led the league in passing three times.

 

TE Lyerla arrested in Oregon

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla

According to the Oregonian, Lyerla was arrested at 2 a.m. in Washington County and then released at 8:37 am.  Lyerla is suspected of being high on either illegal drugs or prescription medications.

The arrest comes less than two weeks after the Packers reached an injury settlement with Lyerla.

It’s not the first time Lyerla has run into trouble with the law.  Shortly after leaving the Oregon football team last year, Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession.  He has a Sept. 17 court date on that charge.

The Packers had signed Lyerla as an undrafted free agent.  One week into training camp, he suffered a torn MCL and PCL after trying to hurdle defensive back Jumal Rolle.