Thursday, May 20, 2010
BBAO: Packers move Blackmon to safety
By Kevin Seifert
The position swap between Green Bay Packers defensive linemen B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett wasn't the only newsworthy change visible at Wednesday's organized team activity. As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes, the Packers have also moved Will Blackmon from cornerback to safety.
Blackmon is rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament and above all else is considered a kickoff and punt returner. But the move is interesting in the sense that Blackmon had been thought to be among the group of players the Packers were counting on for cornerback depth after struggling with that in the second half of last season.
At this point, the Packers have Charles Woodson at one cornerback position. Fellow starter Al Harris is also working back from a knee injury, and Tramon Williams is not participating in OTAs. Depth behind Williams includes Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood. Bush worked with the first team Wednesday, according to Demovsky.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said he was "shocked" that college teammate Brian Cushing was suspended four games for violating the NFL's anti-doping policy. Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
- A rarity: oft-injured Green Bay defensive lineman Justin Harrell was practicing Wednesday, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher on his surgically-repaired wrist "I'm pretty confident it's going to hurt for a while, until I get all the movement back. But it's better than I thought it would be.'' Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune has more.
- The Bears will bring in former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Brian Iwuh for a workout Friday, according to Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Here's some advice for Vikings owner Zygi Wilf: Don't threaten the people of Minnesota, people who have been as loyal to your franchise as any collection of fans anywhere in the nation. All it does is alienate them."
- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on his gut feeling of Brett Favre's intentions: "I'm not going to share it. But I think everybody has their feeling. And I think everybody is pretty much on the same page." Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more of Jackson's interview.
- The next installment of the Williams Wall legal affair will be announced Friday morning. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explains.
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press: "At the Lions' charity bocce tournament Tuesday, coach Jim Schwartz sat down for a few minutes with Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay."
- The Lions believe rookie cornerback Amari Spievey can add a physical nature to their secondary, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.