Packers claim ex-Bears DT Ego Ferguson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers added another piece to the defensive line Monday evening by claiming former Chicago Bears tackle Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.

The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.

Packers CB Dorleant arrested for disturbance at Iowa bar

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor interference during a disturbance at an Iowa bar.

Dorleant was with former Northern Iowa teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall at Sharkey’s Fun House just off campus. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference. Both players were released from jail that same night.

Dorleant described the incident in a phone interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in. He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us. They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”

Dorleant went undrafted before signing with the Packers in May of 2016. He’s played in four games for Green Bay, recorded one tackle.

Wilcox reaches agreement to become Cal head coach

MADISON, Wis. — Justin Wilcox’ time as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator was short-lived, agreeing to a five-year contract to become the next head coach at Cal.

40-year-old Wilcox spent 11 months in Madison, leading the Badgers to a top-10 defense in points allowed, total defense, rushing defense, takeaways, and interceptions. He’ll leave behind a $950,000 salary with the Badgers in 2017  to head back to the west coast where he’s spent most of his career. From 2003-2005, Wicox coached linebackers at Cal | Berkley before taking roles as defensive coordinator at Boise State, Washington, and USC.

Who is likely to fill the void left behind at Wisconsin? Internal candidates are likely to be defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar, although Tibesar was passed over for the position last year when Dave Aranda left for LSU. No external candidates have emerged as of yet.

Wilcox takes over a Bears team that went 5-7 in 2016, good enough for fourth in the Pac | 12 North.

Packers avoid collapse, beat Bears 30-27

CHICAGO — The Green Bay Packers allowed the Chicago Bears to come back from a 27-10 lead, but Aaron Rodgers’ late drive allowed Mason Crosby to hit the game-winner as time expired to give Green Bay a 30-27 win.

Bears quarterback Matt Barkley showed why some within the organization think he could be the future of the franchise, throwing for 362 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Unfortunately for Barkley, he also turned the ball over three times.

Rodgers, on the other hand, made the most of his opportunities, gimpy calf and all, throwing a 60-yard pass to Jordy Nelson with less than 30 seconds remaining to set Crosby up for the game-winning field goal. Rodgers was 19-of-31 on the day for 252 yards, and while he didn’t find the end zone, he also avoided any turnovers.

The Green Bay running game was superb, with Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael combining for 207 yards and three touchdowns.

Packers beat Bears 26-10 behind big second half

GREEN BAY | The Packers offense came to life in the second half, the defense allowed just three points, and Green Bay beat the Chicago Bears 26-10 Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Green Bay improves to 4-2. The Bears fall to 1-6.

With no Eddie Lacy or James Starks, Aaron Rodgers was forced to throw the ball.. a lot!  Rodgers finished 39-56 for 326 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Davante Adams became the first Packer to ever finish a game at Lambeau Field with over ten catches, over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Adams finished with a career high 13 catches, 132 yards and two scores. Randall Cobb also caught 11 balls for 95 yards and Ty Montgomery finished with ten catches.

In the third quarter, on their longest drive of the season, the Packers marched 88 yards in 8 plays. Rodgers threw to a wide open Davante Adams for a four yard touchdown. On their previous drive Rodgers connected with Adams for a five-yard touchdown on 3rd and goal with 9:11 to go in the 3rd quarter. That 13 play drive went 85 yards.

Aaron Rodgers was outstanding after getting sacked and fumbling into the end zone on the first drive of the 3rd quarter.  The ball was recovered in the end zone by Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd who was also credited with the sack to give Chicago a 10-6 lead early in the 3rd quarter.

The Bears had to play without quarterback Brian Hoyer for most of the game and now likely for the rest of the season. Hoyer suffered a broken arm in the second quarter. Hoyer’s arm appeared to hit Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ helmet. So the Bears are down to their third string quarterback in Matt Barkley. On the Bears first drive with Barkley under center, Chicago went 9 plays for 54 yards. Kicker Connor Barth finished the drive with a 39 yard field goal.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby booted a 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Packers a 6-3 lead at the half. Aaron Rodgers appeared to connect with receiver Randall Cobb on a 22 yard touchdown but Cobb failed to get both feet down in bounds and the Packers were forced to settle with the field goal.

The Packers held the ball 11:43 in the first quarter and led the Bears in total yards, 104-25 but only put three points on the board.  Mason Crosby connected on a 32 yard field goal on the Packers first drive. On their second drive Green Bay drove 90 yards in 11 plays but Ty Montgomery was stopped short on 4th and goal from the one yard line.

The Packers now have ten days before traveling to Atlanta for a game with the Falcons.

 

Packers work out TE Rob Housler

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While it initially looked like the Packers were going to see how much Kellen Winslow, Jr. had left in the tank, they’ve reportedly held a workout for tight end Rob Housler instead.

Housler is a former third-round draft pick, spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals. Last season, he split time between the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, playing in 10 games, logging a total of four catches for 33 yards. Housler’s best season came in 2013 when he hauled in his only NFL touchdown.

The report also notes workouts for tight end J.P. Holtz and linebacker Christian French.

Report: Sitton signs with Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Well Packers fans if you weren’t happy with the Packers cutting Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton yesterday you really won’t like this news! Sitton has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Alex Marvez ofSporting News.

The Packers surprisingly cut Sitton on Saturday. He reportedly was released because he wasn’t happy with the team’s decision to extend a contract that was due to expire after the coming season, althought Sitton has denied that report.

In signing Sitton, the Bears will likely start him immediately at left guard over second-round rookie Cody Whitehair.

Sitton will return to Green Bay on Thursday, October 20, when the Packers host the Bears on a Thursday night.

 

Ex-Packer DT Bruce Gaston cut by Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings announced they have released former Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis and former Packers defensive tackle Bruce Gaston.

Both players were added during the offseason, but will miss the cut in preparation for training camp. Gaston joined the Vikings in late May after B.J. Dubose suffered a torn ACL. He recorded 12 tackles and one sack during the 2015, splitting time with the Packers and Bears.