When things are going poorly on the field, one would expect an NFL team to start having difficulties keeping the group together and moving in the same direction. According to one commentator this week, the Green Bay Packers have been having difficulties doing just that, but his report during the last game telecast has come under fire by Packers players this weekend.
Are the team's young players playing too much video games instead of working on their game preparation? We may never know, but film study and game prep does seem to be a bit of an extra emphasis for the team's most important player this week.
Meanwhile, we were grateful to find out that a couple of injured Packers returned to Sunday's practice. Check out all that and more in today's curds below.
Jared Abbrederis returns to practice after injury | JSOnline.com
As it was a light, no-pads practice, It's no guarantee that the second-year receiver will return to the field for Thursday's game in Detroit, but it's a good sign for a player who was just two weeks ago said to be out "several weeks." Also returning to practice was center Corey Linsley.
Packers had players-only meeting, apparently over excessive video games | ProFootballTalk
So said Cris Collinsworth on the NBC broadcast of the Packers-Bears game on Thursday. However...
There was no players-only meeting | Packers.com
Aaron Rodgers claims that this never take place. Still, he did imply that some players need to do better in their preparation, saying that "It goes back to what you're doing in your spare time...being a pro is all about making sure you're as ready as possible."
Packers players using cryotherapy to aid in recovery process | JSOnline.com
The old ice bath is a thing of the past, as a number of Packers players are visiting a local cryotherapy clinic, which reportedly has Clay Matthews feeling better than ever before at this point in a season.
Randall Cobb on Davante Adams: 'People are trying to tear him down' | ESPN.com
While Adams has been receiving plenty of criticism after his abysmal game on Thursday, it is staying outside of the locker room, as his veteran mentor and his quarterback are both looking to build him up instead.
No payoff for Packers in forced punts | Packersnews.com
The defense has done a great job early on in the last two home games (Bears and Lions). However, the offense has wasted their opportunities and failed to jump out to a commanding lead, which has eventually led to losses in both contests.
Did you know 'roughing the holder' and 'leaping' are NFL penalties? The Bucs might not have! - SBNation.com
The Buccaneers were called for leaping, a penalty which most NFL fans are aware of, but they should have been called for roughing the holder instead. I'll admit, I didn't know that one was in the rulebook.