With several players on the shelf for the past few weeks and another few getting injured to various extents against the Saints in week eight, the Green Bay Packers were counting on their bye week to get back to full strength. For the most part, it appears that they have done so, as all but one of the players in question appears to be working fully in the team's early week workout.
It's not surprising, then, that injuries are the theme of the day, and once we get through these stories we have a quick look back at what happened around the rest of the NFL during the Packers' bye.
Datone Jones hopeful of return this week | Packers.com
That would be good news for the Packers' defensive front, which has struggled to stop the run (although they've struggled both with and without Jones). Still, another big body up front will be greatly appreciated.
Notes - With wounded healing, Packers should be loaded for Bears | JSOnline
As for the other injured Packers, only T.J. Lang was still in "rehab mode", as McCarthy put it. Aaron Rodgers, Morgan Burnett, and Sam Shields apparently were participating fully in the team's Monday workout along with Jones.
McCarthy 'very thankful' for contract extension | Packersnews.com
Mac is just trying to "max out" his time in Green Bay, as he puts it.
TundraVision: The Most Important Game in History (?) | Cheesehead TV
Here's an interesting comparison between Rodgers staying in the game against the Saints and RGIII's playoff game against the Seahawks. Thoughts?
What happened Sunday in the NFL: Scores, highlights and the big takeaways from Week 9 - SBNation.com
Here's a quick recap of Week 9's action, including a look at the Packers week 11 opponent, the Eagles, and their new quarterback.
2015 NFL Draft order: Oakland Raiders still at No. 1, top 6 unchanged - SBNation.com
The Panthers went from the 22nd pick to the 11th in one weekend (thanks to losing the NFC South lead). Meanwhile, the Packers are currently slotted with the 19th draft position thanks to tiebreakers and the fact that they're just outside the NFC playoff picture.
Finally, we have a video of Mason Crosby surprising a football fan with a trip to the Super Bowl. You'd think he would be a little more excited, but what can you do?