Thursday, December 12, 2013
Starter Pack: Packers in Pro Bowl voting
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The NFL released the latest totals from fan voting for the Pro Bowl, and eight Packers players were in the top 10 at their positions. However, none was ranked better than fifth.
Here’s how the Packers were represented:
- Aaron Rodgers was fifth among quarterbacks with 430,042 votes despite not having played since Nov. 4 because of his broken collarbone. Peyton Manning of Denver not only led the quarterbacks but also was the overall top vote-getter with 1,093,691 votes.
- Rookie Eddie Lacy was ninth among running backs with 248,210 votes. Marshawn Lynch of Seattle led the position group with 745,286 votes.
- Jordy Nelson was ninth among receivers with 295,509 votes. Calvin Johnson of Detroit was first with 739,701 votes.
- John Kuhn was fifth among fullbacks with 112,600 votes. Mike Tolbert of Carolina was first with 324,223 votes.
- Josh Sitton was 10th among guards with 112,753 votes. Zane Beadles of Denver was first with 184,801 votes.
- Clay Matthews was eighth among outside linebackers with 127,289 votes. Tamba Hali of Kansas City was first with 265,222 votes.
- Mason Crosby was sixth among kickers with 68,087 votes. Stephen Gostkowski of New England was first with 177,009 votes.
- Jarrett Bush was fifth among special-teams players 71,808 votes. David Bruton of Denver was first with 109,243 votes.
The Packers did not have anyone in the top 10 among tight ends, centers, tackles, defensive ends, defensive tackles, inside linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties or punters.
Fan voting continues through Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. ET. Pro Bowl players are determined by a vote among fans, players and coaches. The selections will be announced on Dec. 27.
For the first time in the Pro Bowl, players will not be divided by conference. There will be a draft during the week leading up to the game, which is Jan. 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
- The most surprising news came after the Packers practiced, when tight end Andrew Quarless told reporters that Rodgers took some snaps with the starting offense despite indications that the organization was pessimistic about Rodgers' chances to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
- A cautious approach with Rodgers and his broken collarbone seems like the right move. And to those who have said Brett Favre would have played through this injury or would have been back by now, think again.
- If anyone knows what Rodgers is going through, it’s Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He broke his collarbone in 2010.
- All the injury updates can be found in the daily practice report.
- Johnny Jolly went from being just a good comeback story to making a major impact with his performance Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
- At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde writes that receiver Randall Cobb, who is on the temporary injured reserve list, has been cleared to run for the first time since he fractured his tibia on Oct. 13.
- In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty writes that whoever plays quarterback for the Packers on Sunday – Rodgers or Matt Flynn – will face one of the NFL’s worst defenses in Dallas, and Weston Hodkiewicz’s notebook led with the story of offensive lineman JC Tretter’s unlikely journey to the active roster after ankle surgery in the offseason.
- In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein writes that despite the fact that Rodgers did more than was expected in practice, there were still more questions than answers about his status, and Tyler Dunne writes that Flynn is preparing like he is going to play.