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October

CheeseheadRadio News 10-25-12: Packers Mojo Edition with Wes Hodkiewicz

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 10/25/12 ). Special Guest was Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette and together we talked about the state of the Packers.

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Packers News 10/25/12

Jayme: Order has seemingly been restored in the Packers universe, having managed to string  together two victories in a row for the first time this season. Aaron Rodgers has also returned to form with his fourth straight game with a quarterback rating over 100.

Al: Not retuning to form quickly enough has been Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. Still sidelined by a groin injury he re-aggravated in the Saints game, Jennings sought out a second opinion from a specialist this week. The result was a change of course in treating the injury from rest to surgery. Jennings will undergo surgery next Tuesday and the prognosis is that he will  return within a month.

Jayme: Packers injuries dominated the news this week, with Jordy Nelson tweaking a hamstring in practice and the announcement that Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone – the same injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. Woodson will be out for six weeks, while Nelson was held out of practice the last two days and will give the hamstring a test tomorrow.

Al: There’s been a bit of friendly pranking going on among the Packers receiver corps. A while back James Jones decorated Greg Jennings car on his birthday, and filled it up with packing peanuts. This week, Jennings got his revenge. Jones came out to his car after practice and discovered similar decorations with one major difference: his wheels were gone and the car was up on blocks. Jones later jokingly proclaimed, “This means war”

Jayme: In the wake of this week’s tragic shootings at the Azana Spa in Brookfield Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun have promised to hold some type of benefit event for the families of the victims. Rodgers and Braun are partners in a restaurant in Brookfield and expressed a desire to do something to help. Details should be forthcoming soon.

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October

CheeseheadRadio News 10-04-12: With Ty Dunne

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Amanda Lawson (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 10/04/12 ). Special Guest was Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and soon USA Today).

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CheeseheadRadio News 10-04-12:

Al:  Well, the Packers survived a scare from the Saints and Jeff Tripplette to persevere and hang on to an  important home win. The Saints were a desperate team, not wanting to go 0-4, and played like it. The referees performed more like their replacements did the week before, missing some obvious calls that almost cost the Packers a win. Fortunately, they pulled it out and evened their record to 2-2.

Amanda:  Speaking of the replacement referees, seems their still in the news. Wayne Ellliot, crew chief during the Packers Seahawks game, admitted this week that they made the wrong call on the last play of the game, even though the NFL upheld the ruling. I appreciate his honesty, but confirmation that the NFL handling of the matter was a sham  just adds insult to injury.

Al: Two more interesting things from Elliot. First, he revealed that during their training, the replacement officials were instructed not to call offensive interference on Hail Mary passes, but rather to just let it go. Elliot also said that Mike McCarthy called him and left a voice mail with some kind words, commending him on his handling of the situation, regardless of whether it was the right call or not.

Amanda:  Returning to the Packers this week was Mike Neal, who has completed his four game suspension and returned to practice this week. The Packers can add him right now or have the option to wait a week before deciding whether to put him on the active roster. According to Mike McCarthy, neal retuned to the team in outstanding physical condition and showed no signs of getting winded in  practice. Neal said this is the best he’s felt in 3 years.

Al: Not feeling so good is Greg Jennings, who re-injured his groin during the Saints game. Jennings expressed his extreme frustration this week and vowed he would not come back until it was 100% healed, whatever the timetable. Between this recurring injury and a preseason concussion, Jennings has missed significant time in what is an important year for him, contract-wise.

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September

CheeseheadRadio News 09-20-12: Packers – Seahawks with HawkBlogger.com

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 09/20/12 ). Special Guest was Brian Nemhauser from HawkBlogger.com and together we analyzed the upcoming Packers – Seahawks game.

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CheeseheadRadio News 09-20-12

Al: Well, Packer Nation took a collective sigh of relief seven days ago, as the Green Bay defense rose from the ashes of their first game disappointment and put a beating on Jay Cutler and the Bears. Youth was served as Dom Capers ramped up the playing time for Packers rookies and he was duly rewarded with an exuberant performance from the rookies and the defense, in particular.

Jayme:  Speaking of resurgences, the Packers offense, while still not fully clicking, found a running game against the Bears. Starting running back  Cedric Benson returned the benefits the Packers had hoped for when they signed him, rushing for 81 yards in 20 attempts and catching 4 passes for another 35 yards. In addition to those stats, Benson had one more important one – no fumbles.

Al:  The Packers had some fun in the media after this game, especially Charles Woodson, who had plenty to say about Jay Cutler and his “Good Luck” comments. Woodson said the Packers had a good laugh in the Locker room about Cutler’s comments, and then went on to say, “We don’t need Luck, Jay will throw us the ball.” And he did – four times…

Jayme:   Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, but that wasn’t necessary for Packers punter Tim Masthay. As he has done in their last few meetings, Masthay neutralized the dangerous Devin Hester with some high, long and well-placed punts. Masthay was recognized for his efforts by being named the NFC Special teams player of the week.

Al:  As the Packers prepare for the Seahawks, they were seemingly getting healthier by the minute. I’m sure the 10 days between games was a big help, as both Greg Jennings and James Starks were back participating in a fully padded practice on Tuesday. Jennings, however,  was held out of practice today and coach Mike McCarthy said the injury is not healing as quickly as they had hoped.

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September

CheeseheadRadio News 09-12-12: Come off the Ledge Edition with Matt Bowen

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 09/12/12 ). Special Guest was Matt Bowen of National Football Post and together we analyzed the Packers performance against the 49ers.

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Al: Well, Packers fans, I’m afraid the quest for a perfect season in 2012 is over before it even got started.  Green Bay had the misfortune of having to open up against in what my opinion is the the best overall team in the NFC. The Packers confirmed my fears that they just weren’t ready yet for this type of contest. But there’s still plenty of season for this team to grow and they now know the level of performance they’ll have to raise their game to.

Jayme:  Talking about the game to the media, Mike McCarthy was typically understated in commenting on two recurring issues, the lack of a running game and miscommunication in the secondary. McCarthy said he’d like to see the team have, as he called it, “some semblance of a running game.” McCarthy then promised the secondary coaches would spend 10 to 15 minutes discussing the issues in the 49ers game.

Al:  10-15 minutes doesn’t seem like enough to me, but… perhaps there’s little time to reflect on Sunday as the Packers have the Bears coming up tomorrow night. And as they prepare for Chicago, it’s possible the Packers may be without Their All-Pro wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings suffered  a groin injury towards the very end of the 49ers game, which resulted in Donald Driver getting his only 3 snaps of the game.

Jayme: Speaking of pains in the groin, Bears QB Jay Cutler was shooting his mouth off this week. Evidently, Cutler is as giddy as a toddler at Chuckie Cheese over his new partners in the pass-completion business. Cutler wished the Packers defensive backs “Good Luck” in trying to cover his new receivers. I guess you can’t blame him now that he has some guys that can bail him out  on all those bad passes he throws.

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August

CheeseheadRadio News 08-28-12: Final 53-man Roster Edition, With Bill Huber

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/28/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Huber of Packer Report and together we analyzed the Packers roster and predicted the final 53.

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Al: It’s that nerve-wracking time time of year in the NFL. The time when marginal NFL players are holed up in their rooms praying there isn’t a knock at the door. With each NFL team having to pare rosters from 90 players to 53 over the course of five days, that means almost 1200 players will lose their jobs on Friday.

Jayme: Coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the rigors of this week from the coaches’ perspectives. Having to evaluate so many players and choose a roster that covers all the team needs is painstaking from a workload perspective and painful from a personal perspective. McCarthy called this week the worst part of the job, specifically having to tell young men their NFL dreams are over, at least for now.

Al: For those fringe players whose dreams are still alive this week, they have one more chance to convince the coaches they are worth keeping. The Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday night at Lambeau Field, with starters being used for one series at most. Once the game is over, the Packers will have less than 24 hrs to make their final roster moves and get the roster down to 53.

Jayme:  One new player that is assured a spot on the Packers roster is recently signed running back Cedric Benson. Benson got his first playing time in last week’s game against Cincinnati and looked sharp, averaging over six yards per carry in 10 attempts. With Benson as a legitimate running threat in the Packers’ backfield, opposing defensive coordinators will have some tough choices to make.

Al: As will the Packers when it comes to running back James Starks, who was injured in the first preseason game and hasn’t seen the field since. Mike McCarthy bemoaned the fact that Starks’ recovery from turf toe has been slow, saying, “He hasn’t made a whole lot of progress here of late.” At the same time, the Packers are removing snap count limits from Alex Green and McCarthy said he’s looking for some real production out of Green.

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August

CheeseheadRadio News 08-22-12: Plus,Interview With Bill Johnson

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and C.D. Angeli (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/22/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Johnson from the Green & Gold show on ESPNMilwaukee.com

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Packers News:

Al:  Well, it’s been almost a week since the Packers were spanked by the Browns and the grumbling among some fans is still going strong. As the title of this episode says, “This is just preseason people, right?” Well, to some, it doesn’t seem to matter. The chicken littles are clucking and even some Ted Thompson critics have crawled out of the cave they’ve been hiding in since the Super Bowl. The end result? Just a lot of noise.

CD:  A good amount of that noise was directed at one Graham Harrell, who did not have a good outing. Although he didn’t get much help from his teammates, Harrell made plenty of unforced bad throws on his own and had Packers fans clamoring for a trade for Colt McCoy or pretty much anyone. In a bit of an unusual move, Mike McCarthy acknowledged the public criticism and claimed Harrell graded out much higher than we might expect.

Al:  Don’t know if I’m buying that, but let’s talk about something you can buy. Seems that Lambeau Field has a new food service provider, Delaware North, and they’ve come up with some Wisconsin-themed food items you’ll be able to buy at Lambeau.. There’s the  Pac and cheese: four flavors of mac and cheese,  Wisconsin Nachos, which are waffle fries smothered in cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions. The Big Brat, which is a foot long brat with sauerkraut and the Lambeau Heap, which is a one-pound barbeque bacon, cheese curd burger.

CD:  Things are finally improving on the injury front for the Packers. Greg Jennings returned to practice this week after sitting out two long weeks with a concussion. Joining him back on the practice field was Jermichael Finley, returning from a quadriceps injury. Their return and a few others meant that not counting players on PUP, the Packers injury list was in the single digits for the first time in quite awhile.

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August

CheeseheadRadio News 08-02-12: Plus,Interview With Alicia Kramer

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/02/12 ). Special Guest was Alicia Kramer, daughter of Packers legend Jerry Kramer, who is leading a campaign to get her dad nominated for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Packers News:

Al: As we hit the air tonight, Packers training camp is in full swing and the first week is in the books. The biggest story has been the play of the re-invigorated secondary, with young players Devon House and Casey Hayward making big impressions on teammates and coaches alike. Both may have already passed Sam Shields on the depth chart, but it’s still early to conclude anything.

Jayme:  On the other side of the ball, the wide receiver battle is going to force some tough choices for the Packers, as no one appears to be playing themselves out of a spot. Jennings, Nelson and Cobb are the only sure things. James Jones and Donald Driver have had very good camps so far, but are being pushed hard by Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel. Could the Packers possibly keep 7 receivers? Stay tuned.

Al:
The inimitable NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell dropped in on Packers practice Wednesday morning and fortunately managed to avoid any late hits from Anthony Hargrove. Goodell expressed confidence in the replacement referees the league has been training in case their labor dispute is not resolved in time. Then when asked about Johnny Jolly by reporters, Goodell claimed to not even know if the league had received his reinstatement application. That doesn’t sound promising for Jolly.

Jayme:  
While on the subject of suspensions, the Packers have a new member of their “not allowed to play” team. Erik Walden was suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. This stems from the Thanksgiving incident in which Walden was charged with disorderly conduct. Of course, as JSOnline’s Ty Dunne cleverly pointed out, Walden would have to first make the team to serve that suspension.

Al:    
Tomorrow night is the Packers’ annual Family Night event. The parking lots and Atrium open at 11:00 AM with ongoing events in the Tundra tailgate zone. Fans with tickets to the scrimmage will be allowed into the stadium starting at 5:30PM to enjoy the scrimmage and the entertainment, which includes youth football, jersey giveaways, Oneida Nation dance performances and a fireworks display finale at 9:30.