Ty Montgomery, Josh Jones left Tuesday’s practice with injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two key members of the Green Bay Packers left Tuesday’s practice with lower leg injuries — running back Ty Montgomery and safety Josh Jones.

Montgomery was looking ahead to his first full season as a running back after making the position change from wide receiver midway through the 2016 campaign. Instead, he’s now focused on his health after coming up gimp with a lower leg injury. As Acme Packing Company writer Paul Noonan writes, the vague description of that injury could be cause for concern. But Packers beat writer Ryan Wood offered a bit of good news for Packer fans:

Montgomery endured a complicated ankle injury his rookie year in 2015 which required major surgery, cutting his season short.

Rookie safety Josh Jones was also injured in Tuesday’s practice, leaving on a cart while nursing his ankle.

The injury to Jones adds to a banged up secondary. Damarious Randall and Marwin Evans were both treated for concussions in Thursday’s preseason win over the Eagles. Randall has since been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game with the Redskins.

Receiver Malachi Dupre (concussion) and center Don Barclay (ankle) have also been ruled out for the game in Washington, D.C.

Packers believe hits on Randall, Dupre were illegal

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers cornerback Damarious Randall and receiver Malachi Dupre left Thursday night’s preseason game against the Eagles after being aggressively tackled. And now coach Mike McCarthy is challenging the legality of those hits.

During a running play in the first quarter, Randall was hit in the side of the head on a crack block by Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs. That hit did not result in a penalty for Treggs, but Randall was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.

A more serious injury was endured by Dupre, the seventh-round draft pick out of LSU. During the fourth quarter, he was leveled by a hit from Tre Sullivan that resulted in Dupre being carted off the field on a stretcher. He posted his status from a hospital later that night.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes those hits were illegal, telling reporters Friday afternoon that tape of the plays have been submitted to the NFL to review their legality.

“Obviously, player safety is at the forefront of that,” McCarthy began. “…and when you see things like those two hits last night, they’re definitely of concern in the area of player safety.”

“If I turned them into the league, I don’t think they’re legal hits.”

The NFL could determine Dupre was a defenseless receiver on the play, a penalty that carries a minimum fine of $24,309 if the league finds Sullivan at fault. It’s uncertain how long it will take before the Packers hear back on the result of the review.

Packers Family Night: Schedule of events, things to watch for

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Saturday evening marks the 18th annual Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, with plenty of activities and storylines to keep fans involved.

Schedule of events

Parking lot opens at 1:30 p.m.

  • Johnsonville Tailgate Village
  • American Family Insurance DreamZone
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Oneida Nation and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sponsor tents and prizes

Lambeau Field gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • On-field warmups begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • All-Veteran Parachute Team lands on field at 7:15 p.m.
  • Practice begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Practice concludes at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Where to watch

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What to watch for

At running back, Ty Montgomery enters his first full season at the position after switching over from wide receiver. But rookie Jamaal Williams was taking some first-team reps during Thursday’s practice, so he could see some similar work Saturday night.

Linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry will be key to providing a pass rush in the upcoming season. Can they put pressure on the quarterbacks?

Which cornerback stands out under the lights? It may only be a glorified practice, but rookie Kevin King has been standing out over the last few days after returning from a shoulder injury. Fellow rookie Josh Jones has caught the eye of many coaches as well.

In the return game, Trevor Davis has made it clear that’s where he wants to create his niche. But he’ll have to compete with Jeff Janis and now Randall Cobb, who’s recently expressed his desire to return punts this season.

UPDATE: Rookie DL Adams out “multiple weeks” with stress fracture

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will be without yet another rookie after head coach Mike McCarthy revealed on Monday morning that defensive end Montravius Adams would miss “multiple weeks” with an unspecified foot injury.

UPDATE 8:57 a.m. CT | Adams suffered a stress fracture, with surgery expected to place him in the “questionable” category for the start of the season.

“He’ll be out a while,” McCarthy told reporters while letting out a deep sigh. “I don’t have the specifics of how that’s gone, but it’ll be multiple weeks.”

The injury appears to have been sustained early during Saturday’s first padded practice, first noted by Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Adams isn’t the first Packers rookie player on defense to be sidelined by injury. Linebacker Vince Biegel will start the season on the PUP list because of a foot injury that occurred on the very first day of OTAs.

Adams was a third-round draft pick out of Auburn, logging 147 total tackles in his four years with the Tigers. He finished his college career with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Cobb’s persistence has opened the door for reps in return game

GREEN BAY, Wis. — One thing has been very clear about Randall Cobb heading into the 2017 season: he wants more touches.

Speaking with reporters following Friday’s training camp practice, the Green Bay Packers receiver was happy to learn coach Mike McCarthy will be giving him a chance to earn in-game reps in the return game.

“Punt return has always been a part of who I am as a player,” Cobb said. “That’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. I asked about that last year and the year before, and I’m going to continue asking about it. I’m going to do everything I can to be back there.”

Cobb burst onto the scene in 2011 when he returned a season-opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, setting a franchise record. He also added an 80-yard punt return touchdown that year, though his reps at either position have decreased since 2012. In fact, Cobb has only returned two kickoffs since 2012 and 25 punts.

But that’ll change in 2017 when he competes with youngster Trevor Davis, a second-year wide receiver out of California who ran a 4.42 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Perhaps the biggest hesitation to use Cobb on returns is health. Ever since a fractured fibula caused Cobb to miss 10 games in 2013, his role as a returner has remained minimal.

“Every injury I’ve had in this league has been from [playing] receiver, not returning,” Cobb explained. “This is a very violent game. I understand that. We take that risk every time we walk on the field, regardless of what position we’re at.”

As a junior at Kentucky in 2009, Cobb led the SEC with 28 punt returns. He was also tied for the conference lead in punt return touchdowns in 2010.

The Neighborhood: McCarthy won’t sacrifice longevity for Rodgers’ window

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Among the many things discussed by Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy during Wednesday morning’s training camp introductory press conference were some seemingly innocuous statements about longevity.

“Programs win championships,” McCarthy began, referring back to his thought process as a first-year coach in 2006. “I never thought to sell the farm and be a one-year wonder.”

But after elaborating on his response, it’s clear McCarthy and the Packers have discussed comments from last winter’s playoff run where quarterback Aaron Rodgers put the pressure on management to get him players that can win.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re going all-in every year to win,” Rodgers said after an NFC Championship Game loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “And I think we can take a big step this offseason.”

A lot has been made in recent years about 33-year-old Rodgers and his perceived “window” closing — a reference to the number of years he might remain in elite playing shape. If Rodgers’ pleas were answered, it wouldn’t be the first time a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback got his team to help him win another Super Bowl.

In Peyton Manning’s final season in 2015, the Denver Broncos made a number of free agency moves, highlighted by cornerback Aqib talib and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. That was enough to send him out on top in his 17th NFL season.

Adding to the intrigue was a recent admission by Rodgers that he was entering the “back nine” of his career.

Fast forward to July 26, 2017 in front of reporters in the media auditorium at Lambeau Field, McCarthy seemed unwilling to give in to hints that Rodgers wants more weapons at the expense of prospects.

“Those eight [consecutive years of] playoff victories are a clear reflection of our championship-level program…But my focus is on continuing to grow that.”

“We’ve always focused on the program. We’ve never sold out to win one game.”

Despite McCarthy’s unwillingness to adapt a more nearsighted approach to team-building, general manager Ted Thompson helped acquire players with plenty of star power. Among the notable additions were tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, and offensive guard Jahri Evans.

Green Bay will get its first look at the newest Packers when pads come on during Thursday morning’s first training camp practice.

Mallards win third straight in sweep of Bullfrogs (AUDIO)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In a muggy night at Joannes Stadium, the Madison Mallards (4-4, 23-20) pulled out their third win in four games, holding on for 7-5 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-7, 13-30). The Mallards swept the Bullfrogs for the first time this season and are now at .500 in the second half of the season.

The Mallards jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Green Bay starter Jared Tobey struggled to throw strikes and ended up walking three Mallards and hitting a batter. With two runners on, David Vinsky (Northwood) doubled to left field to bring in a run. A couple batters later, Maverick Handley (Stanford) drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in a run. By the end of the game, the Mallards drew 10 walks in all and the Green Bay pitching staff walked in two runs.

After Madison’s two-run first inning, Green Bay responded with a three-run home run from Ben Hart in the second. The Bullfrog hitters were able to work three consecutive full counts to pump up Mallards starter Heath Renz’s (UW-Whitewater) pitch count leading up to the Hart home run. Renz worked close to the strikezone all night but was unable to work out of innings quickly. The starter made it through four innings and allowed four earned runs on four walks and three strikeouts.

Down 4-2, the Mallards waited until the fifth inning to strike again. Lead off singles from Cole Daily (Notre Dame) and Zac Taylor (Illinois), as well as a walk drawn by Doran Turchin (Illinois) loaded the bases for the Madison clean-up man Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. (California) with no outs. With the Green Bay starter Jared Tobey still on the mound, Mitchell Jr. poked an infield single over the pitcher’s head to bring in the first run of the inning. David Vinsky and Cade Bunnell (Madison) knocked in two more runs while Maverick Handley drew another walk with the bases loaded to bring home another Mallard. After the dust settled in the fifth, Madison had a 6-4 lead.

Both teams would go on to score one more run each, Madison’s run coming from a passed ball that scored Daily from third base in the eighth inning.

After Renz threw the first four, Ryan Schmitt (Illinois), Sam Cottingham-Beard (Western Illinois), and Andrew Baker (Flordia) teamed up out of the bullpen to finish off the Bullfrogs. Schmitt allowed one run in the sixth inning, but that was all the damage Green Bay could do against the Mallard pen. In the seventh inning with a runner in scoring position and only one out, Cottingham-Beard struck out two Bullfrogs in the heart of the order to work out of a jam.

Offensively, Vinsky and Turchin both recorded doubles. Zac Taylor looked strong at the plate again as he launched three hard-hit balls into left, two of which found their way into the mitt of Green Bay left-fielder Mikey Filia. Maverick Handley recorded a 1-2 effort with three walks and two RBI. Handley has now reached base safely in 11 straight games.

(MallardsBaseball.com)

Mallards offense erupts in rout of Bullfrogs (AUDIO)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Madison Mallards (3-4, 22-20) offense erupted late Tuesday night in a 13-4 rout of the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-6, 18-29) at Johannes Stadium.

The first five innings of Monday night’s ballgame closely resembled the last few weeks for the Mallards. Madison left runners in scoring position a couple times in the first few innings and couldn’t seem to break through with timely hitting. All of that changed in the sixth inning when Zac Taylor (Illinois) decided to switch things up and lay down a perfect bunt down the third base line for a base hit to lead off the inning. Later in the sixth, a sac-fly from Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. (California) and a base hit from Maverick Handley (Stanford) knocked in the first two runs for Madison to knot the game at two.

Another sac-fly from Doran Turchin (Illinois) in the top of the seventh inning gave the Mallards the 3-2 lead. Mitchell Jr. and Turchin each recorded an RBI today. Mallards RBI-twins are tied for fourth in the league with 36 RBI each.

Green Bay reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but not for long. Madison hit back in the eighth and ninth with three and seven runs respectively. The Mallards feasted off the Bullfrogs bullpen and hit balls all over the field. In the top of the ninth, with the bases loaded, Taylor launched a grand slam over the left field wall to lengthen the lead for the Mallards.

Taylor recorded two hits on the day, a bunt and a grand slam, but peppered the ball around the field in every at-bat. David Vinsky (Northwood) tallied a 3-4 effort at the plate in his fourth game with the Mallards. Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) substituted late in the game into the designated hitter spot and immediately made an impact. Armstrong crushed the second pitch he saw down the right field line to score two Mallards. Madison would go on to record 12 hits as a team on the night, scoring runs in each of the last four innings.

Nate Brown (Florida) gave Madison a strong start on the mound. Through five innings, Brown overpowered the Green Bay lineup. He allowed only two runs and struck out nine. The two runs came off of a home run by Alonzo Jones. Matt McCarty (Louisville), Andrew Buckley (California), and Dom Savino (Albany) combined out of the bullpen to hold Green Bay to two runs on four hits through the last four innings.

The Mallards were perfect in the field aside from a Cade Bunnell (Indiana) error at second. Tonight was a team effort from the Mallards. The offense broke through late in the game and Madison got a strong effort on the mound from the pitching staff. The Mallards are now 3-4 in the second half of the regular season and 22-20 overall.

Former Packers RB Ahman Green charged with child abuse

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was charged Monday with felony child abuse after his 15-year old daughter told police he punched her in the face. Green, 40, was also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview.

(Photo: Courtesy of Brown Country Jail)

 

According to the criminal complaint, Green’s daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. She also said he threw her to the ground and against kitchen cabinets.

A court commissioner ordered Green’s release Monday on a $2,500 signature bond after ordering him to have no contact with his daughter or others who may have witnessed the incident.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Green’s next court appearance was set for July 11.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team’s all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Green starred at Nebraska, then spent the first two seasons of his 12-year NFL career in Seattle. He played for Houston in 2007-08, but spent most of his career in Green Bay, his last season coming in 2009.

Packers release training camp schedule

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced their 2017 training camp schedule on Monday, with practices beginning on Jul. 27.

Practices (all at 8:15 a.m. CT)
Thursday, Jul. 27
Friday, Jul. 28
Saturday, Jul. 29
Sunday, Jul. 31
Monday, Aug. 1

The Packers will hold two night practices at 6:15 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4. The annual Family Night practice will take place at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Open Practices
Tuesday, Aug. 15 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 16 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 22 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 23 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 (11:45 a.m. CT)