If there's one thing that the Green Bay Packers and their fans have over all else, it is a sense of community. This week, that aspect of the team is taking center stage, as a former Packer - one who never even played in a regular season game for the team - has been welcomed back with open arms as he faces his biggest challenge yet.
Tight end Mitchell Henry was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, and he pushed for a roster spot before ultimately being released at final cuts. Henry was claimed by the Denver Broncos and played in two games for that team before returning to the Packers' practice squad and sticking with the team through their 2016 camp.
This August, he broke his hand and was placed on injured reserve before eventually getting an injury settlement. That settlement is now critical for him, as he was just diagnosed with cancer and needs to seek treatment. Henry's situation is a somber reminder that a disease like cancer can strike anyone, anywhere, and he now has the full support of the Packers behind him in the fight ahead.
So today, let's take a minute to remember those in our own lives touched by disease, and I encourage you to do something today that helps someone who is going through a difficult battle. If you are inclined to do something for Henry himself, click here for a link to his YouCaring crowdfunding page as he tries to find a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Also please remember that we at APC are still donating all of our proceeds from the sale of our t-shirts to the MACC Fund, so that's another way that you can help. Have a great Tuesday, and Go Pack Go!
Packers pledge to support former TE Mitchell Henry in cancer battle | Packers.com
Henry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, but the team has committed to helping him out with some of his medical bills. In fact, he has medical insurance right now in part because he received an injury settlement with the Packers in training camp after breaking his hand.
Packers' secondary oozes with aggression | Packersnews.com
One of Green Bay's corners in particular - LaDarius Gunter - had an excellent day on Sunday, although the other players at the position were somewhat less effective.
Jordy Nelson's miscommunication with the Texans' sideline - ESPN
After a big first down in the fourth quarter, Nelson pointed to Texans safety Chris Moore in an effort to get Houston's medical staff to check him out after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Apparently another Houston player thought he was taunting Moore (suggesting that the player knew little to nothing about Nelson's personality) and started shouting back at Nelson.
No Fun League? Refs cut back on celebration penalties and all is well - ESPN
I must admit, I was actually surprised when Randall Cobb's snow angel celebration didn't get penalized, and I thought that the only reason it didn't draw a flag was because Cobb had gone to the ground while catching the football. However, taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct fouls have been cut almost in half since week 8.
Texans owner on Brock Osweiler: Don't criticize him - NFL.com
BROCK PLAYED A STRUGGLING SECONDARY AND EXCEPT FOR THOSE FEW PLAYS HE WAS AS GOOD AS RODGERS LEAVE HIM ALONE.
QB Matt Barkley a long-term option for Bears? | PFF
Barkley has actually not sucked over the last two games, and his receivers have dropped a whopping 13 passes in that time. His numbers aren't good, but it seems that he's playing better than they suggest and he is showing signs that he might be a borderline starter in the future.