Discussion Board
Welcome Guest! You can login or register. Login or Register.

Options
Go to last post Go to first unread
walleye  
#1 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 6:40:54 PM(UTC)
After missing the entire preseason as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila will likely make his return to the field on Monday night vs. Minnesota, a team he enjoyed some success against last season.
Gbaja-Biamila finished second on the team with 9 1/2 sacks in 2007, and more than half of those came against the division rival Vikings. At the Metrodome last September, Gbaja-Biamila posted his franchise-best fifth three-sack game of his career, plus a forced fumble and a pass defensed. His final sack of the afternoon put him at 69 on his career, surpassing Reggie White's 68 1/2 to give him the franchise career record.

Gbaja-Biamila followed that performance up in November with two more sacks in Green Bay's 34-0 win over Minnesota at Lambeau Field. Despite the success he enjoyed last year, and his one-on-one matchup changing from Bryant McKinnie to Artis Hicks, 'KGB' said his approach for this game will remain the same.

"I don't want to ever underestimate any players," Gbaja-Biamila said. "Sometimes you go in there and they might chip you more. Usually it was just me and McKinnie, so they may bring chippers or some ways to help (Hicks) out."

McKinnie was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Getting the start in his place will be seven-year veteran Hicks, who has started 18 games the past two seasons for Minnesota, but all of them at guard.

Hicks does have some experience filling in at left tackle on a national stage from his time in Philadelphia. In his second season in '03, he started in place of an injured Tra Thomas on Monday Night Football at Miami when Thomas went down just hours before the game with back spasms. Matched up with perennial Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor, Hicks held him to just one sack.

"Artis is a natural left-sided guy, and I have said that before," Vikings head coach Brad Childress said. "He is comfortable in a left-handed stance and he played left guard for us in Philadelphia. I did have the opportunity to watch him play with about three hours notice against Taylor. He understands what it means over there and he understands the timing over there."

After missing the first three preseason games, Gbaja-Biamila had hoped to get on the field for a few snaps against Tennessee in the preseason finale, but experienced some soreness and swelling after practicing two days last week. His presence was missed during the preseason as the Packers recorded only two sacks in four games.

Gbaja-Biamila returned to the field Monday, took a planned day off on Tuesday, and was back in action for all of practice Thursday.

"It was a great practice today and I felt good," Gbaja-Biamila said. "I was excited. There was even a time where 'Big Daddy' (defensive ends coach Carl Hairston) was trying to get me out but I wanted to just get my conditioning back up. I said, 'No, I'm staying in.' I came out strong. I felt stronger coming out."

Even with all of the time missed during OTAs, mini-camp, and training camp, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he was impressed with how Gbaja-Biamila looked and didn't notice any signs of rust.

"I thought he practiced extremely well earlier in the week and I thought he looked very explosive out there today," McCarthy said. "Now, we haven't watched the film yet, but just standing behind the quarterback in the opponent work, he was definitely getting off the ball and applying pressure like he normally does."

Time to refine
In last season's opener, Mason Crosby kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in his NFL debut to give the Packers a 16-13 win over Philadelphia.

After Monday's release of punter/holder Jon Ryan, the week for Crosby heading into this year's opener will focus on getting acclimated to a new holder, punter Derrick Frost, who signed on Monday after playing the past three seasons for Washington.

Advertisement

"Some guys like the ball held in different ways, and Mason is pretty easygoing when it comes to that," Frost said. "I think he would agree that things are going pretty well. We're working a little overtime trying to get more holds in, and for the most part I think things are going terrific."

Frost will catching the ball from another recent addition to the roster, long snapper Brett Goode, who also signed with the team on Monday after long snapper J.J. Jansen was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.

Frost said with the Packers playing on Monday night, the trio will benefit from the extra day of preparation working together.

"I could understand the concern," Frost said. "You change the whole operation, the snap and the hold, but I'm not concerned about it. The extra day is big time. We're going to just continue to work and I have no reason to expect that things aren't going to just keep going great."

Hawk gets some work
Linebacker A.J. Hawk returned to the field for the first time since sustaining a chest injury in the preseason opener vs. Cincinnati. He had limited participation in Thursday's practice.

"I thought he looked good just from watching him on the field today," McCarthy said. "I have not watched the film yet, but he looked like his normal self. He was flying around at practice and he is a very physical player, so it was good to have him back out there."

Hawk, who has never missed a game in the NFL or in college, is anxious to get back on the field, according to McCarthy, but he added that it comes down to Hawk being cleared to play by the team doctor, Patrick McKenzie.

"Any time that a player is injured, you have a medical report where they may feel there is a certain period of time that the player has to go through," McCarthy said. "Then you have the individual, and we knew that A.J. was going to rehab at a rapid pace, and in his mind he feels he has been ready for quite some time. So it is a combination of the individual and it is a combination of the doctor's report."

Injury/participation update
The Packers had 12 players on the injury report on Thursday, with guard Josh Sitton listed as out (knee) and wide receiver James Jones (knee) and center Scott Wells (trunk) not participating in practice.

In addition to Hawk, limited participants were safeties Charlie Peprah (hamstring) and Atari Bigby (ankle), tackle Chad Clifton (chest/knees), defensive end Jeremy Thompson (groin), linebacker Tracy White (ankle) and cornerback Charles Woodson (not injury related).

Woodson, who was not on Wednesday's injury report, was experiencing some soreness and will likely practice on Friday, according to McCarthy.

Gbaja-Biamila and running back Ryan Grant (hamstring) both participated fully in practice.
Cheesey  
#2 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:14:11 PM(UTC)
I'm glad KGB is chomping at the bit! I'd like to see him in T-Jacks face a few dozen times!
gbpfan  
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:57:06 PM(UTC)
glad to hear he will be back :icon_smile:
Rss Feed
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Notification

Icon
Error

Fan Shout
Zero2Cool (3h) : @PGPackersNews Nelson, Adams and Cobb combined for five receptions. That's a formula for losing.
Zero2Cool (5h) : Do you see them not getting separation?
Cheesey (6h) : I'd like to see our WRs get some separation.
Zero2Cool (7h) : McCarthy protecting Hundley: "Our passing game, we can sit here and pick it apart all we want, but let's just blame it on head coach today."
Zero2Cool (7h) : Brett Hundley: "All I can say is don't write us off."
Zero2Cool (8h) : yinzer is als o 8 - 1 ...nice start dudes
Zero2Cool (8h) : dhazer is 8 - 1 this week so far in pick'em ...dayum
Zero2Cool (10h) : @Michael_Cohen13 Kevin King has been standing on the sideline for a few plays now. #Packers have been rolling with House and Hawkins. Not su
Zero2Cool (11h) : Justin McCray will start at LG today. What a ride for him the last two years. Arena Football League, free agent/unemployed, #Packers starter
yooperfan (11h) : Here we go gang!!!!
Zero2Cool (11h) : WR willie snead OUT
musccy (12h) : no worries...appreciate the pointers to find it.
Zero2Cool (12h) : i couldn't find another alternative so ... no more feed here
Zero2Cool (12h) : ya justin.tv flipped their vision on streaming
musccy (12h) : just did, thanks zero. Used to use Justin...not sure they work anymore
Zero2Cool (12h) : sure is gusty winds here i can hear the wind blowing an rain falling
Zero2Cool (12h) : check the top thread in packers forum section
musccy (12h) : Thanks zero!
Zero2Cool (12h) : http://goatdee.net/ <-- usually has good links
Zero2Cool (12h) : muscy, nerdmann usually has al ink in chat
Zero2Cool (12h) : and the tarp is back on the field
musccy (12h) : dumb question...ways to watch game online? Don't want to wait for game pass tonight
uffda udfa (13h) : Bakh and Bulaga active. Linsley, too. Lane Taylor, Out.
buckeyepackfan (13h) : Looks pretty clear after that
buckeyepackfan (13h) : Radar showing another band of showers probably within the hour.
Zero2Cool (13h) : and now its not raining at all
Zero2Cool (14h) : Right now it's just rain. Not light, not pouring.
buckeyepackfan (14h) : Light showers? Or heavy downpour?
Zero2Cool (14h) : It's raining in Green Bay.
uffda udfa (17h) : @RapSheet just said on NFL Morning the org does NOT expect 12 to return due to significant break.
uffda udfa (17h) : Schefter reporting doctors believe 12 can resume throwing in 6 weeks.
uffda udfa (18h) : Since 2008, Packers 3-7-1 without Aaron Rodgers
buckeyepackfan (18h) : The Brett Hundley era starts today! May it be a short successful run!
buckeyepackfan (18h) : GAMEDAY!
buckeyepackfan (18h) : GOOD MORNING PACKER FANS!
Please sign in to use Fan Shout
2017 Packers Schedule
Sunday, Sep 10 @ 3:25 PM
SEAHAWKS
Sunday, Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM
at Falcons
Sunday, Sep 24 @ 3:25 PM
BENGALS
Thursday, Sep 28 @ 7:25 PM
BEARS
Sunday, Oct 8 @ 3:25 PM
at Cowboys
Sunday, Oct 15 @ 12:00 PM
at Vikings
Sunday, Oct 22 @ 12:00 PM
SAINTS
Sunday, Oct 29 @ 12:00 AM
- BYE -
Monday, Nov 6 @ 7:30 PM
LIONS
Sunday, Nov 12 @ 12:00 PM
at Bears
Sunday, Nov 19 @ 12:00 PM
RAVENS
Sunday, Nov 26 @ 7:30 PM
at Steelers
Sunday, Dec 3 @ 12:00 PM
BUCCANEERS
Sunday, Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM
at Browns
Sunday, Dec 17 @ 12:00 PM
at Panthers
Saturday, Dec 23 @ 7:30 PM
VIKINGS
Sunday, Dec 31 @ 12:00 PM
at Lions
Think About It
Think About It
Recent Topics
23m / Green Bay Packers Talk / DoddPower

24m / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

48m / Green Bay Packers Talk / Porforis

2h / Green Bay Packers Talk / wpr

2h / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

14h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Zero2Cool

14h / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

22-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

22-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Cheesey

21-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

21-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

21-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Dulak

21-Oct / Around The NFL / Dulak

21-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

21-Oct / Green Bay Packers Talk / Smokey

Headlines