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Packers News 9/15/11
Al:The news coming out of Mike McCarthy’s press conference yesterday was not good. Injured Packers defensive end Mike Neal will be missing more games after undergoing a surgical procedure on Tuesday. Details of the procedure were not released, but Mike McCarthy said the doctors were pleased with how it went. McCarthy would only say Neal will miss “significant weeks,” but he doesn’t think it would be long enough to put Neal on injured reserve.
Jayme: The news was better about Tramon Williams. Thanks to the extra 3 days between games, McCarthy believes Williams’ shoulder could be improved enough for him to play Sunday at Carolina.
McCarthy also said that it wasn’t a requirement Williams be able to practice this week to play in the game. Sounds like Mike really doesn’t want to play the game without him…
Al: NFL sources have reported that Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was fined $10,000 for punching Saints tight end David Thomas in the third quarter of last week’s game. Although Woodson was flagged for a penalty, he was not ejected, which the rules call for. After the game, Woodson said he regretted that it happened, but he didn’t exactly apologize for doing it.
Jayme: Aaron Rodgers certainly has nothing to apologize for with regards to the Saints’ game. Rodgers lit up the stat sheet with 3 touchdown passes, 304 passing yards, no interceptions and a 132.1 passer rating. For that fine performance, Rodgers was named NFC offensive player of the week for the 3rd time since last season.
Al: James Jones, on the other hand, didn’t win any awards or possibly any friends after voicing some concerns about his role in the game plan. While Jones was only thrown to once, he seemed more concerned about how little he was used, and even how he was used. Seems that half of the less than 20 plays Jones was in for were three tight-end formations and running plays. Jones also made a comment that it’s pretty obvious who the #3 guy is now…