A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Whenever the topic of the HBO series “Hard Knocks” has come up around the Packers, the thinking always has been the same: General manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy would never want to be part of it.
Now, thanks to a new rule passed on Monday at the NFL’s fall meetings, they could be forced to open up their doors to the cable network, which annually follows one team during training camp and produces a multi-episode documentary.
The league’s owners voted into effect a rule that would allow the NFL to choose which team would be the subject of the show if no team volunteers. Teams with new coaches, those who reached the playoffs in one of the last two seasons or had appeared on the show in the last 10 years would not be forced to take part.
Two weeks ago, when the Packers were preparing to play the Cincinnati Bengals, who were the subject of this year’s “Hard Knocks,” Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly radio show that he would not want to open the doors of Lambeau Field to the show.
“I wouldn’t like that kind of intrusion,” Rodgers said during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. “I wouldn’t want that kind of access.”
Our ESPN.com coverage included a breakdown of playing time from Sunday’s 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions, how Rodgers feels about losing linebacker Clay Matthews for at least a month because of his broken thumb and the weekly Power Rankings, in which the Packers moved up.
My ESPN colleague Michael Rothstein has been all over the story about Lions center Dominic Raiola and the University of Wisconsin marching band, which may now be put to rest now that Raiola apologized for making insensitive remarks to band members.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty spoke with a medical expert who explained Matthews’ injury, which is called a Bennett’s fracture. Dougherty also broke down this week’s opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, in his scouting report.