Training camp is a time for NFL teams and players to work out the kinks in their games before the regular season starts. In some cases, that's letting nagging injuries clear up, and in others it's learning schemes and getting fully immersed in the playbook.
For Clay Matthews, it's the former, as the linebacker has sat out the past two days' practices with a sore knee. Before anyone starts panicking about his injury history, though, Matthews tried to calm everyone down about his absence on Tuesday.
Another linebacker who has dealt with a knee issue is Andy Mulumba, who has been one of the top players in the Green Bay Packers' camp so far. The third-year linebacker is recovering well from a torn ACL, and has been a consistent force once the pads came on.
The Packers are off today, and will return to practice on Thursday morning.
Second-year TE Richard Rodgers taking the next step | Packers.com
Rodgers made a magnificent diving, one-handed catch in practice on Tuesday. His reaction afterwards? "If I was faster, I could have caught it with two hands. I need to work on my speed." Love it.
Insider: Thumbs up to Mulumba, down to Adams | Packersnews.com
The Press-Gazette guys go through the results of Tuesday's practice. Lane Taylor is now 8-1 in one-on-one reps, an impressive start to camp for the third-year guard.
Don't have a 'heart attack' | ESPN Wisconsin
Both Clay Matthews and Mike McCarthy basically told everyone to relax about the linebacker sitting out the last couple days of practice. There is no firm timetable for his return, but he recognizes how critical it will be for him to take reps at inside linebacker during training camp.
Forget coaching trees, Ron Wolf's scouting tree made today's NFL - SBNation.com
This is a fantastic piece by SB Nation's Danny Kelly, pulling together quotes from several of Wolf's disciples to illustrate just how revolutionary his methods were when he took over in Green Bay back in 1991.
NFL's response to Vikings/Packers differs greatly from Pats - CBSSports.com
Trying to compare Aaron Rodgers' comments about overinflating a football prior to the referee's inspection to the Tom Brady situation is like comparing apples and oranges. There was never any suggestion that the Packers or Rodgers tampered with the ball after the inspection.
Planning an NFL road trip to go to every stadium | Sports On Earth
Unfortunately, it couldn't be done by Thanksgiving, but it's still pretty cool. You'd see the Packers host the Chiefs at Lambeau and visit the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium if you followed this plan.