Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers will reportedly receive a fine for his play in last Sunday's game. "Peppers has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Aaron Rodgers in the NFC championship game that drew blood from the Green Bay quarterback," according to a report from the Associated Press.
The fine was laughable to Kris Burke of AllGreenBayPackers.com. "For a player who recently signed a huge free agent contract that could total $91.5 million, $10,000 is like pennies to you and me," writes Burke. "During the regular season, the NFL apparently made it crystal clear to teams and players that hits that involve the leading of the helmet would not be tolerated and would be met with stiff fines and possible suspensions."
The issue of the Super Bowl team photo has been resolved, and head coach Mike McCarthy gave final comment on it on Thursday. "McCarthy ... spent Monday and Tuesday setting up his schedule for the week, only to have quarterback Aaron Rodgers and cornerback Charles Woodson – two of the team’s playoff captains – come to his office after Barnett and Finley took their gripes to their legion of Twitter followers," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin. "While McCarthy called Twitter 'the Twit-Tweeter,' you got the point that he was less than thrilled with the pair, and that he was ready to let the issue pass with an eye roll before the captains came to him." The official photo will be taken next Friday.
After McCarthy expressed his disappointment in Nick Barnett, Michael Rodney of Packer Update wrote that he doesn't think the inside linebacker will be back next season. "The thing I noticed right away was how much more physically the defense played without Barnett in the lineup," writes Rodney. "Instead of trying to run around blockers, Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk are far more willing to take them on. And instead of relying on sheer athleticism to keep up with backs and tight ends in coverage, the current starters are far more willing to pound on the receivers at the line of scrimmage or within five yards. It’s a mind-set that has served the entire defense well this season and one I’m pretty sure coordinator Dom Capers wants to carry into the future." I'm not 100% sold Barnett won't be back next season, but it's a possibility.
Green Bay's practice schedule for the Super Bowl has been set. "The team has played five weeks in a row [in must-win situations] and coach Mike McCarthy wanted to give his team as much time to recover as possible," writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He also wanted all of the personal stuff — arranging tickets and hotel rooms — out of the way." The Steelers have been practicing since Wednesday, by comparison.
Yesterday's injury report is provided by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The only players who were estimated not to have been able to practice were linebackers Erik Walden (ankle) and Frank Zombo (knee)," writes Silverstein. Unfortunately for the Packers, those two players man the same position. The outside linebacker spot opposite Clay Matthews is looking rather thin.
Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf was interviewed about this year's current team by Tom Silverstein. "Watching a 2010 Packers team that his one-time pupil, current general manager Ted Thompson, built, Wolf sees the talent worthy of being in Super Bowl XLV. Though he no longer studies league-wide personnel closely, he still knows talent and was willing to concede the Packers have a lot of... pluses."
Ron Wolf shared his thoughts on several Packers on this year's Super Bowl team.
Former Packers passed along words of advice to this year's edition in an article by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. “Don’t say, ‘You know what, I’m not going to let a lot of pressure get to me because I’ll be back here,’” LeRoy Butler said in the article. “I’m sure Dan Marino said the same thing.” Ryan Pickett learned the hard way that it's not easy to get back to the Super Bowl after making it his rookie year.
Sam Shields could have been a member of the Chicago Bears.
Pictures of the Super Bowl patch the players will be wearing comes from The Wearing of The Green (And Gold).
Did you know A.J. Hawk is an aviator?
James Starks is featured in a post by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
An article about traffic and weather in Texas.
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