The Green Bay Packers finally will get their preseason schedule underway on Friday night, just five days after it was supposed to begin. Fans hoping to get a glimpse of Aaron Rodgers or Brett Hundley under center this week will be disappointed, though, as the former will be held out of the game as a precaution and the latter continues to miss practice with an injury.
That leaves the Packers with just two quarterbacks suiting up for the game, and neither one of them has ever taken an NFL snap. The two come from drastically different college backgrounds - one from a power-five conference in FBS and the other from Division III football - and possess different skill sets. It should be interesting to see how the two of them fare against the Browns' defense.
Meanwhile, fans should see a few players who missed significant portions of 2015 get their first game action in months as well, as Sam Barrington and Ty Montgomery are expected to play. Also unveiled will be tight end acquisition Jared Cook. We're counting down to kickoff, and Barrington's fitness is examined in one of today's cheese curds below.
Aaron Rodgers will get preseason work, but probably not against Browns - ESPN
Rodgers ran the scout team on Wednesday in practice, an indication that he is unlikely to play on Friday night against Cleveland.
Meet Marquise Williams, the next Undrafted Packers Quarterback | Cheesehead TV
Instead, Williams and Joe Callahan are expected to get all the snaps under center for the Packers in the preseason opener due to Brett Hundley's ankle injury. Here's a look at the road Williams took to get to Green Bay.
Leaner Sam Barrington plans to bring same edge to defense | Packers.com
Barrington was listed at 240 pounds last year, but played at 247 early in the season, and swelled to 258 during rehab from his ankle injury. Now he's back under 240 and ready to use his rejuvenated body to anchor the middle of the defense.
Camp Insider: Rookie Spriggs on a roll | Packersnews.com
Jason Spriggs has been one of the more impressive rookies in camp, winning over 75% of his one-on-one pass blocking drills. He's doing well against all sorts of different rush types as well, and looks to be capable to step in if injuries dictate it.
Fans who missed Hall of Fame Game plan to sue the NFL - SBNation.com
Attorney Michael Avenatti is the guy to call if you want to get in on this and are hoping for reimbursement of more than just your ticket's face value.
John Saunders, a longtime familiar on-air face of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died at the age of 61
This is a sad day for sports journalism - Saunders was a humble, charismatic presence who took pride in giving back to the community and to charity.