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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for August 8, 2014

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On the healing of a certain thumb injury and everybody's favorite UDFA possibly being out for the rest of the preseason.

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Though 14 NFL teams have finished their first preseason games by now, we're still one day away from the start of the preseason for the Green Bay Packers. As we prepare for our team's first game action in over 8 months, the various NFL blogs and Packers beat writers are doing the same.

Star players are clearly on everyone's minds this week, as guys like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Randall Cobb each have articles dedicated to them in today's curds. Unfortunately, we've also got bad news on Colt Lyerla for anyone who's still holding out hope of him making the opening week roster.

Click, read, then come back as we start to get you prepared for Saturday's game.

Randall Cobb holds future in his hands | JSOnline
It's safe to say that Bob McGinn thinks that the Packers made the right choice in extending Jordy Nelson before Randall Cobb, at least based on Cobb's play this summer.

Flashing early, Khyri Thornton could follow Boyd's lead - JSOnline
Here's hoping Thornton becomes a contributor quickly, because the defensive line can use as many able bodies as it can get.

Tom Clements comes in from the cold, will move to booth to call plays - ESPN
The Packers' offensive coordinator will be watching his unit from the comfort of the press box in 2014.

Lyerla might miss rest of camp | Packersnews.com
This doesn't sound like a player who's confident about making it back in time for the last preseason game: "If I had to guess I'd say no, but I really don't have a timeline at all until I see the doctor tomorrow."

Shields sets standard for undrafted free agents | Packersnews
Indeed he does, turning a tryout from the Packers into almost $40 million on his new deal. Who's your bet for an undrafted free agent who will make this year's opening week roster?

Thumbs up: Matthews sees no limitations coming off injury | FOX Sports
Clay Matthews says his thumb is "still not 100 percent" after fracturing it twice last year, but he's been practicing with it in a splint so his fingers can remain free and he's feeling good.

Packers' Aaron Rodgers approaches season with 'renewed passion' | USA Today
Our quarterback gets some national attention this week, as he talks about his injury from a year ago.

De'Anthony Thomas returns punt 80 yards for a TD - SBNation.com
I'm not sorry that the Packers don't play DAT and the Chiefs in the regular season this year.