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Packers placing Za’Darius Smith on IR with back injury

Dealing with a back injury, Packers edge rusher Za'Darius Smith played only 18 defensive snaps in last week’s loss to New Orleans. It’s going to be at least three weeks until he sees the field again. Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur announced on Friday that Smith will go to injured reserve, with the hope [more]

Jamaal Williams says Packers are “like that ex-girlfriend” ahead of Monday night’s game

Jamaal Williams spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Packers, but moved on this offseason after the Packers re-signed Aaron Jones to go with 2020 second-round pick A.J. Dillon in their backfield. Williams wound up signing with the Lions, which set him up for a pair of meetings with his former [more]

Packers without DL coach Jerry Montgomery after positive COVID test

The Packers may not have defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery with them for Monday night’s game against the Lions. Tom Silverstein of reports that Montgomery was not at practice Thursday because he has tested positive for COVID-19. There are no other known positives or unvaccinated close contacts of Montgomery who would have to also [more]

Lions claim Corey Ballentine off waivers

The Lions have added a defensive back. Per ESPN’s Field Yates, Detroit has claimed Corey Ballentine off waivers. The Jets waived him off injured reserve on Wednesday. Ballentine was a Giants sixth-round pick in 2019 and appeared in 13 games for the club as a rookie. He played 27 percent of defensive snaps and 30 [more]

Lions pessimistic about Tyrell Williams playing Monday night

The Lions play on Monday night, which gives wide receiver Tyrell Williams an extra day to clear the concussion protocol before they play the Packers on Monday night, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope that he’ll do that. Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that Williams, who was hurt on a blow to [more]

Lions sign Will Holden to active roster

With offensive tackle Taylor Decker out for a few weeks with a finger injury, the Lions are doing some shuffling along their offensive line. Detroit announced that the team has signed Will Holden to the active roster from its practice squad. And the team has re-signed offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer to the practice squad. Holden [more]

Calvin Johnson: To mend fences, Lions need to pay me $1.6 million

The Lions and Calvin Johnson continue to have no relationship. The rift traces to the fact that, when Johnson retired, the Lions made him pay back some of his signing-bonus money. Johnson recently elaborated on his concerns in an interview with Graham Bensinger. “What do you make of their efforts to resolve it?” Bensinger asked [more]

How did Packers lack energy in Week One?

Of all the things said and not said in the aftermath of the shellacking the Packers endured in Week One, the most significant came from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who told Pat McAfee on Tuesday that “our energy level was a little bit low” on Sunday. While that may explain why they lost by 35 points [more]

Lions waive Tommy Kraemer

The Lions have opened up a roster spot. Detroit announced on Tuesday afternoon that the team has waived rookie guard Tommy Kraemer. An undrafted player out of Notre Dame, Kraemer signed with the Lions in the spring. Detroit has a few injury concerns to deal with this week, particularly at cornerback. After Jeffrey Okudah tore [more]

Panthers sign Zane Gonzalez off Lions practice squad

Carolina is bringing in another kicker. After cutting Ryan Santoso on Tuesday, the Panthers announced that they’ve signed Zane Gonzalez off of Detroit’s practice squad. Gonzalez spent most of the last three seasons with the Cardinals. He hit 87 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2019, but that dipped to 73 percent last year in [more]

Aaron Rodgers: I think loss is just a good learning lesson for us

Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Saints was the most lopsided loss of Aaron Rodgers‘ NFL career and it was a painful one in more ways than one. Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show that he took a “double nut shot” on the first of his two interceptions in the game, which was a lot [more]

Lions have spoken to Quinton Dunbar about coming back

The Lions cut Quinton Dunbar in August, but the veteran could find his way back to Detroit. Jeff Okudah tore his Achilles in the Lions’ 41-33 loss to the 49ers in Week One and will miss the rest of the season. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the team had spoken to Dunbar about [more]

Tyrell Williams in concussion protocol

Wide receiver Tyrell Williams‘ debut for the Lions was cut short by a hit to the head from 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt in the third quarter and he may miss Week Two as well. Williams is in the concussion protocol as a result of the hit and will be unavailable to the team as long [more]

Matt LaFleur says Aaron Rodgers drama didn’t influence blowout loss to Saints

Earlier today, we raised the question of whether the Aaron Rodgers drama was a factor in the egg that Packers laid in Jacksonville on Sunday. Coincidentally, Packers coach Matt LaFleur met with the media after our story was posted. And one of the reporters used our item as cover for raising the question with LaFleur. [more]

Dan Campbell: Jeff Okudah was really coming around before his injury

Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah experienced a tough start to his career as a rookie. Now, he’ll have to work his way back from a major injury. In his Monday press conference, Detroit head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Okudah tore his Achilles during Sunday’s game and is out for the season. “I hate that for him. [more]

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