Wednesday was the first chance for Green Bay Packers fans to get a look at the team in nearly a week, as the club had a few days off following their Thursday night win last week over the Chicago Bears.
Since that game, plenty of speculation and conjecture has swirled around cornerback Damarious Randall, whose benching, body language, and actions on and off the sideline in the second half last Thursday have sparked debates and discussion about his present and future in Green Bay. Randall practiced with the team on Wednesday as expected, and although he spoke about the incident, he said very little of substance.
The Packers got some encouraging news on the injury front Wednesday, of course, with all but one player practicing. Davante Adams was among the players on the field, a good sign for his recovery from a concussion.
Finally in today’s curds, we have a contrast in quarterbacks, as both Aaron Rodgers and Carolina’s Cam Newton made some headlines in their comments to the media — for drastically different reasons. The Packers’ signal-caller gave some heartfelt words about this week’s tragedy in Las Vegas, while Newton...well, just prepare to be disappointed. Scroll down and read for yourself.
Packers' Damarious Randall 'growing up' through sideline incident | Packersnews.com
The company line about Randall's benching last week is "internal matter," saying that phrase seven times during his media interview on Wednesday. For now, he appears set to take a back seat to Kevin King and the returning Davon House.
Davante Adams' return brings smile to Packers' locker room | Packers.com
Wednesday's practice was not in pads, so Adams' status still will be worth monitoring over the next few days. However, he appears to be getting back to normal, and all signs point to him being able to play on Sunday.
After 2,033 straight snaps, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gets well-deserved rest - ESPN
Clinton-Dix did something last Thursday that the Browns' Joe Thomas hasn't in his career: took a few plays off. It was the first time the Packers safety was not on the field for a defensive snap since he got "dinged" up against the Lions midway through 2015.
Aaron Rodgers on Vegas tragedy: ‘We gotta make some changes as a society’ | Packers Wire
Rodgers discussed the mass shooting from earlier this week, and revealed that he had a few friends in the area at the time. After years of keeping his personality and thoughts on public matters largely to himself, it seems that Rodgers is getting more and more willing to open up about his perceptions of society as a whole.
NFL Panic Index: Seahawks can’t hang onto a good running back - SBNation.com
The Packers' panic index should be pretty low right now, given the number of players who were able to practice yesterday. Other teams can't say the same.
Sexist Cam Newton Avoids a Good Football Question | SI.com
Why, Cam? Why couldn't you just answer a really good question from a female reporter with a legitimate answer? Instead of talking about receiver Devin Funchess, the subject of the question, he chose to belittle female reporters everywhere. Then, to make matters worse, he showed no sign of contrition when called out on it later.