Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Packers backups
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We don't always find out who places losing waiver claims on players, but on Tuesday, we learned that Cleveland, Denver and the New York Jets also tried to claim quarterback Kevin O'Connell -- who ultimately ended up in Detroit.
Missing from that list was Green Bay, who will enter Thursday night's preseason finale against Tennessee with two healthy quarterbacks and plans to play struggling third-stringer Brian Brohm extensively. Starter Aaron Rodgers will play one series, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and Brohm will take it the rest of the way. (Second-string quarterback Matt Flynn continues to recover from a shoulder injury but should hold for field goals and extra points.)
As we've alluded to before, the Packers have reason to be concerned about their backup situation behind Rodgers. O'Connell isn't necessarily the answer, but you have to think the Packers will be monitoring the trade winds and waiver wire this weekend as teams pare down their rosters to 53 players.
Continuing around the NFC North: