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”Randall, I know he’s been battling through some pain and it really comes down to a pride thing. You don’t want to be missing time if you don’t have to. If your injury is not allowing you to do your job to the best of your abilities, then it might be a better idea to make sure you’re healthy before you get on the field again. ”It really comes down to being smart, making sure you’re always communicating if something is bothering you. There’s a fine line – a lot of guys just try to tough it out. There’s a lot of pride there.” Cobb was held out of the team’s preseason opener Friday night against Arizona. After practice, McCarthy sounded as though Cobb would be told to take some time off. ”In Randall’s case, it’s something that we understand what the injury (is), and we wouldn’t put him out there if we thought he was in jeopardy of moving forward and getting healthy,” McCarthy said. ”But every case is different. . In Randall’s case, it’s probably something he’s going to be battling for a while.” Cobb, who missed the 2011 regular-season finale as a rookie with a groin injury and missed last year’s regular-season finale with a knee injury, said he believes playing through pain serves a dual purpose: It prepares him for when something happens to him when the games count and he has to stay on the field, and that practice is vital because he needs the work.
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2004 and the New York Giants at Lambeau Field in Jan. 2008. The decade will be forever etched in franchise history for the ugly departure of team icon Brett Favre in 2008 and the transition to 2005 first-round draft choice Aaron Rodgers. 4. 2010s: 36-12-0 so far (.750) No one knows the successes and failures Green Bay will experience in the next seven seasons, but the first three years of this decade have been very good under McCarthy. Green Bay rallied in the 2010 season to grab the final NFC playoff spot, and then won four consecutive postseason road games in spectacular fashion to win Super Bowl XLV. After a franchise-record 15-1 season in 2011, the Packers finished 11-5 in 2012 and won their second-straight NFC North crown. McCarthy enters his eighth season as Green Bay’s head coach, but will he still be in that position by the end of the decade or on to another professional challenge? 3.
Palmer went 4-for-6 for 77 yards and a touchdown for Arizona, which played in its first game under new head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals swung a deal for the veteran quarterback Palmer from the Oakland Raiders in an offseason trade. The 33-year-old spent the past two seasons in Oakland after the Raiders acquired him from Cincinnati for a pair of high picks, including a 2012 first-round choice, in October 2011. Stepfan Taylor ran for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut and Jaron Brown had five receptions for 46 yards and a score for the Cardinals, who were 5-11 a year ago. Larry Fitzgerald hauled in two passes for 21 yards in the triumph. The focus in Green Bay has shifted to the offensive line since the Pack lost projected starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga to a torn ACL earlier in the week. The pedestrian line was supposed to be bolstered by Bulaga shifting out to the all-important left tackle position. Marshall Newhouse allowed nine sacks and a team-high 33 hurries as the team’s left tackle in 2012. Aaron Rodgers completed 3-of-5 passes in his only series, including a 50-yard strike to James Jones, for 62 yards for Green Bay, which lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoffs last season.
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“I didn’t get touched tonight,” Rodgers said. “We had a few dropbacks, so I’m sure he was pretty good over there. It’s nice when you’re not worried about him, and tonight I wasn’t worried about him. He’s a confident kid. I think he’s got a bright future for us. For him, it’s about experience and going against good pass rushers, and next week will be a good challenge with those (defensive) guys they have in St. Louis.” The Packers’ next game is Aug. 17 against the St. Louis Rams. “He was out there probably 100 percent with his assignments,” left guard Josh Sitton said of Bakhtiari’s performance.
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He befriended Crosby after he left Green Bay and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. The two have kept in regular contact, and Longwell has been a public supporter of Crosby even throughout Crosbys struggles last season, when he made a league-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals. Meanwhile, Longwell and Tavecchio share the same alma mater, the University of California. Ive been fortunate to be able to talk to Ryan throughout my career and obviously followed him before I got here, Crosby said. Its awesome today that he got to retire as a Packer. I pick his brain sometimes on different things, but at the same time today was really awesome for him. When asked if he had any advice for Crosby, Longwell said: I think as long as his rhythm is fine, hes one of the best in the league. Longwell saw the Packers kickers at their best. Both went 8-for-8 in practice, converting field goals of 33, 34, 39, 43, 45, 48, 50 and 54 yards. Crosby got off to a horrible start in camp, missing five of eight field goals during the Family Night scrimmage but has gone 15-for-16 the past two days in practice and is 30-of-39 this summer. Tavecchio went 16-for-16 the past two days to improve to 35-of-39. Crosbys problems have been described as mental, and Longwell agreed.
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They have no intelligent leadership at the top that has any clue how to solve this very simple problem. redbirdsrising says: Aug 13, 2013 1:39 PM Ive never heard so much whining about a preseason replay review in my life. Seriously guys, move on. packman331 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:40 PM Is there anything more meaningless than whether a call in preseason is missed or not? These are scrimmages, and revenue generators Aug 13, 2013 1:40 PM Good thing we got the regular officals back. Lets go Zebras!!!! Aug 13, 2013 1:41 PM Its only preseason and the Packers are already whining about the refs. Go figure. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM The state of cheese and whine. Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM Biggest crybaby/whiners in sports. Including jay cutler.
Packers practice report: Kicking intensifies
— Before practice on Tuesday morning, kicker Ryan Longwell will retire from the NFL as a member of the Green Bay Packers . Before he does, the Packers might want to put their all-time leading scorer through one last workout. Even at age 38, he might be a better option than what they have. Longwell, who asked for permission to retire as a Packer, played in Green Bay from 1997-2005 before signing with the Minnesota Vikings . He spent six years in Minnesota but was out of football in 2012 until the Seattle Seahawks signed him for their divisional playoff game after kicker Steven Hauschka strained a calf muscle. Longwell still holds the Packers records for points (1,054), field goals (226) and field goal percentage (81.6). AP Photo/Mike Roemer The Packers are ramping up the kicking competition between Mason Crosby, No. 2, and Giorgio Tavecchio. Now, the Packers are staging a full-fledged kicking competition between veteran Mason Crosby , who last season converted an NFL-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals, and first-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio . Coach Mike McCarthy ramped up that competition on Monday in large part because the Packers were so inept on offense in Fridays 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that they didnt attempt any field goals.