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Nevin Lawson Flagged For Longest Pass Interference Call In 15 Seasons

Sep 26, 2016 8:26 AM

Detroit Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson was called for a 66-yard pass interference penalty against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the longest such penalty in at least 15 years.

The previous long during that time period was a 60-yard pass interference call against Cleveland Browns cornerback Mike Adams in a 2010 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

ESPN Stats & Info's database begins with the 2001 season.

The penalty occurred on the first play of the second quarter after Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete on a deep pass to Trevor Davis. Lawson and Davis' feet got tangled as they fell to the ground.

Lawson said after the Lions' 34-27 loss that he felt he didn't make contact with the receiver and that they were both "playing the ball." Lawson said he wasn't grabbing or holding on the play and that he was "disappointed" when he saw the flag.

"I don't think I pass interferenced him," Lawson said. "Just seen the ball in the air, I didn't even see him, to be honest. I was just focusing on the ball. He tripped, and that's what they called."

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Stats

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Clay Matthews Ruled Out For Week 3

Sep 24, 2016 3:42 PM

Clay Matthews has been ruled out for the Green Bay Packers game in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

Matthews couldn't finish the Week 2 game at Minnesota. He injured his left ankle early in the game but returned after the Packers trainers taped it. However, he then took himself out of the game with less than two minutes remaining because of the hamstring injury.

Matthews did not practice all week.

Matthews last missed a game due to a hamstring injury late in the 2012 season.

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C.J Spiller Visiting With Packers

Sep 20, 2016 4:43 PM

The Green Bay Packers hosted C.J. Spiller for a free agent visit on Tuesday, according to a report.

The Packers have an open roster spot after recently waiving third running back Jhurell Pressley.

Spiller was cut by the New Orleans Saints last week.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor

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Packers Sign David Bakhtiari To Extension Worth Up To $51.67M

Sep 13, 2016 3:38 PM

The Green Bay Packers have signed left tackle David Bakhtiari to a four-year contract extension worth as much as $51.67 million.

The deal averages $12 million per season, which puts Bakhtiari among the five-highest paid offensive lineman.

Green Bay selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft and started him immediately.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Aaron Rodgers Hopes To Be Involved In Next CBA Negotiations

Sep 1, 2016 8:05 PM

Aaron Rodgers would like to get involved in CBA discussions during the next round of negotiations.

"It has to change," Rodgers said. "I don't know why the owners wouldn't want it to change, because it's made the league look bad a few times. I read something -- you know I said that I felt like we had the opportunity to make a change in the first CBA, and I stand behind that, that statement.

"Many guys I don't think were aware of how strong our position could have been had we waited a little longer. One of the things that we should have maybe pushed for was to have an independent arbitrator. I don't think we should have to give anything for that to happen in the next negotiation."

The current collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2020 season. 


"If I'm fortunate enough to be around for the next one, I think it could be an opportunity to help out the next generation of players, by taking maybe more of a role in that," Rodgers said. "If it's wanted by the union, I would be open to it because I think we need some really strong leaders when we come back to the table, and realize that, as opposed to maybe the last time the CBA rolled around, that we have more bargaining power than we showed."

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Jared Cook Establishing Rapport With Aaron Rodgers

Aug 27, 2016 1:46 PM

Jared Cook is quickly establishing a rapport with Aaron Rodgers in his first season with the Green Bay Packers.

“I think he’s going to be a good part of our offense,” Rodgers said. “He made a lot of plays out there. Did a good job on the basic route on third down that I hit him on, made some contested catches tonight, which was nice to see, and he did a good job with the ball in his hands.

“He’s a big body who has some athleticism and did a good job with his stiff-arm on his catch on the sideline, that was impressive to watch. But it’s going to be fun for us to grow that chemistry over the season. We need him to stay healthy. But he made some really nice plays tonight.”

“We’re just still just trying to build our chemistry,” Cook said in a sideline interview during the game broadcast. “It’s communication, verbal and nonverbal, us talking through things and working together. It’s all about timing -- him knowing where I’m going to be and me knowing where he’s going to put the ball.”

The Packers gave Cook, an eight-year veteran, $2.75 million in a one-year contract because they think he can add a down-the-field dimension to their offense from the tight end spot not seen since Jermichael Finley’s neck injury in 2013.

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Three Players To Meet With NFL About Al Jazeera Report

Aug 23, 2016 6:48 AM

James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to meet with the NFL regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America.

The NFL previously cleared recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning, also named in the report. The NFL has been demanding that active players meet with investigators.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Rodgers Says NFL Culture Discourages Speaking Out

Aug 16, 2016 8:10 AM

Aaron Rodgers believes NFL players should speak out on social issues more often, but says the league's culture discourages doing so.

Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin's "Wilde & Tausch" last week that he read a story in which Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks said players need to speak out more often.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was in the crowd at the ESPYS last month and praised NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade for opening the evening by calling on athletes to promote social change.

"It's got to be natural, it's got to be authentic, and I think those guys did a really good job. It was a great message," Rodgers said. "The thing I'll say in reference to speaking your mind, [I read] a piece on the Bennetts recently -- Michael and Martellus. And I turned to a friend and I said, 'Why do we have to say that it's refreshing when someone speaks their mind? Or is honest now?' I think that's kind of a societal issue that we have.

"We need more guys like that who feel comfortable speaking their mind."

Rodgers acknowledged that he has not been particularly outspoken.

"Those guys are doing it and they feel comfortable doing it," Rodgers said. "I think if more guys maybe did in our league, it would create a domino effect possibly."

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Only Refunding Game Tickets

Aug 9, 2016 7:49 AM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that the only refund that fans who bought tickets to Sunday's canceled game will receive is for the ticket itself.

The Hall of Fame said it is not responsible for any tickets sold on resale sites, but the big sites, including StubHub, refunded those who purchased tickets, including all fees, on Sunday night.

Some fans had believed that they might get more, including reimbursement of hotel or travel expenses. The game was canceled as a result of human error -- bad field conditions brought about by the way logo paint dried -- not an act of God.

The issue stemmed from the paint used on the midfield logo and in the end zones.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts

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Kellen Winslow II Works Out For Packers

Aug 8, 2016 8:29 AM

After being out of the NFL for the last two seasons, Kellen Winslow II received a tryout with the Green Bay Packers.

Winslow's tryout, scheduled for Sunday, was first reported by the NFL Network. The tight end was the sixth overall pick in 2004.

He caught 31 passes, including two touchdowns, in 12 games for the New York Jets when he last played in 2013.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor

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Hall Of Fame Game Canceled Due To Poor Field Conditions
Sunday night's game between the Packers and Colts was canceled because of poor field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium.

Saints To Sign John Kuhn To One-Year Deal
John Kuhn had a nine-year run with the Packers.

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Mike McCarthy Won't Relinquish Play-Calling Duties Again
Mike McCarthy relinquished play-calling duties to start last season, but he has no plans to do so again with the Packers.

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Jordan Rodgers Wins 'The Bachelorette'
Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers, received the final rose on the finale of ABC's "The Bachelorette" on Monday night.


Jordy Nelson On PUP List With New Left Knee Injury
Jordy Nelson called it a "hiccup" with the left knee and insisted it was minor, but he couldn't put a timetable on his return.

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Greg Jennings Retires From NFL After 10 Seasons
Greg Jennings played his first seven seasons with the Pacers.


Packers Apply To Host NFL Draft
Mark Murphy said that the Packers have applied to host the event in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

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NFL To Interview Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers Over PED Allegations
The Packers have confirmed that the NFL will interview Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, who were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

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Jordy Nelson Ahead Of Curve In Knee Rehabilitation
Jordy Nelson appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered 11 months ago.

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Aaron Rodgers Hopes To Play Entire Career With Packers
Aaron Rodgers said on HBO's "Any Given Wednesday" with Bill Simmons that he values loyalty and hopes to play his entire career with the Packers.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Mark Murphy: 17-Game Season Could Facilitate More International Play
When asked about playing more games overseas, Mark Murphy says that a 17-game regular season could facilitate more international play in the future.


Packers Report Franchise-Record $48.9M Profit
The Packers finished the 2015 fiscal year with a franchise-record $48.9 million profit, including $222.6 million in national revenue.

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NFL To Interview Players Mentioned In Al Jazeera PED Film
The NFL wrote that it has attempted since early April to schedule interviews with the players, saying delays by the NFL Players Association have "obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the in


Mike McCarthy Has 'Zero Issue' Going For Two More Often
Mike McCarthy has dropped several hints that the Packers might elect to go for two as opposed to kick an extra point more often this season.

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Mock Draft Alerted Packers To Possible Aaron Rodgers Slide In 2005
The Packers did last minute research on Aaron Rodgers after they realized he could slide from a potential first overall pick to them at 24.

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Aaron Rodgers Eliminates Diary Products From Diet
Aaron Rodgers said he's at his lowest weight -- "218-ish" pounds -- since 2007.

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Clay Matthews Moving Back To Natural Position In 2016
Clay Matthews moved to the inside last season for the Packers.

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Eddie Lacy: I Think I Look Good
Eddie Lacy's listed weight is 234 pounds but he appeared to play in the 260 range in 2015.

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Eddie Lacy Has Lost 15-18 Pounds With P90X Founder Tony Horton
Eddie Lacy's weight loss has impressed his Packers' teammates.

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Packers Sign Jared Cook To One-Year, $3.6M Deal
Jared had 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns at tight end over the past three seasons for the Rams.