Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
Observed in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers' 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns n Sunday:
Still shaken: Tight end Andrew Quarless and receiver Jordy Nelson have the lockers immediately to the right and left of tight end Jermichael Finley. So it was not surprising that both were still visibly shaken after the game about the neck injury that forced Finley to be taken off on a stretcher. “I ain’t going to lie, man; I ain’t cried in a long time, but I definitely shed a tear for him,” Quarless said. Finley did not move for several minutes after he got hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, but the Packers said he had movement and feeling in all of his extremities. “That’s honestly the first time (an injury) ever got me,” Nelson said. “I didn’t like what I saw.”
Lacy’s leap: Rookie running back Eddie Lacy's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave him his first opportunity to do the Lambeau Leap. He was a little embarrassed about it afterward. “I just know the next time I’ve got to jump a lot higher,” Lacy said.
Throwback success: Count quarterback Aaron Rodgers among those who wouldn’t mind if the Packers wore their throwback jerseys that they donned on Sunday more often. “I think there’s definitely some sentiment in the locker room that the pants associated with the throwback jerseys and the throwback jerseys are pretty good luck for us,” Rodgers said. “So maybe a couple more times wearing those might not be a bad idea, Packers people.”
Early exit: Safety Jerron McMillian was one of the first ones out of the locker room after he played a reduced role. McMillian lost his spot as the dime defensive back a week after he misplayed two passes against the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie Micah Hyde played in McMillian’s place on defense, and McMillian played only on special teams. “I just play it by ear whenever they need me,” McMillian said. “If they don’t need me, I’ve just got to be ready for whatever the situation calls.”