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Cheese Curds, 8/5: Packers’ Adams & Bolton are all-in; Big Ten still plans to play football

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With the opt-out deadline looming, several Packers who would seem to be potential candidates remain committed to football in 2020.

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Curtis Bolton’s second NFL training camp will be very different from his first.

Last year at this time, he was riding kids’ bicycles to practice. He was getting ready to play in preseason games. And — in the event he hopes to avoid repeating — he tore his ACL in one of those exhibition games.

This year, camp is drastically different due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Bolton is starting out with a PUP designation due to his continued recovery. But Bolton’s decision to return rather than opt out of the season was not one he took lightly. Like his teammate Davante Adams on the other side of the football, Bolton has a young child at home, and his decision to fight for a roster spot was a hard one — one that has him apart from his son for the foreseeable future.

While the NFL continues to try to demonstrate that it can function amid a pandemic, college football has decided to storm forward; or, at least, one conference has. That is the Big Ten, which currently has one entire football team in quarantine due to a massive outbreak of the virus. But the conference announced its planned 2020 schedule on Wednesday morning and still intends to open the season as scheduled on Labor Day weekend.

Davante Adams remains fully dedicated, on and off the field | Packers.com
Adams joked that he has no problem being a "hermit," and that his natural "homebody" attitude has helped during the pandemic. Adams is playing this season -- he made that clear -- and he's not worried about any drop-off in his quarterback's play.

Green Bay Packers: Former tackle Tootie Robbins dies at 62 | Packersnews.com
Robbins manned the right tackle spot in Green Bay for Mike Holmgren's and Brett Favre's first two years with the team, but he passed away due to COVID-19 this week. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Behind Packers LB Curtis Bolton’s difficult decision to play this season – The Athletic (subscription)
Bolton, whose rookie season was lost due to a torn ACL, is a new father and had a tough call about whether to opt out this year. He thinks back on what his late father might have done, and will try to make the team this year with his girlfriend and almost two-month-old son back in California.

Packers pass rusher resolves tickets from Racine Co. traffic stop | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Za'Darius Smith's charges from last season's traffic stop are all wrapped up. The marijuana possession charge was dismissed and he pleaded no contest to only a reduced speeding charge. The NFL has still given no indication of any potential suspensions resulting from the incident.

2020 Big Ten football schedule unveiled | Yahoo Sports
The Big Ten still plans to start its football season on September 4th with Wisconsin-Indiana, despite the entire Rutgers football program being currently shut down due to a coronavirus outbreak. To put it plainly, this seems highly unlikely to work.

Lincoln judge sentences beer box bank bandit to prison | journalstar.com
"Beer Box Bank Bandit" would make a great band name.