Green Bay Packers Scott Tolzien Looks To Start Next Week

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien takes a snap during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Tolzien replaced an injured Seneca Wallace. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien takes a snap during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Tolzien replaced an injured Seneca Wallace. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

There will no need to wonder who will start for the Green Bay Packers next week, And it won’t be Seneca Wallace won’t be the one slinging the pig skin next week.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in his post game press conference Sunday that Scott Tolzien will be the starter when they go to the Meadowlands and face the Giants next week. Tolzien came in for Wallace after one offensive series and piloted the offense the rest of the way in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles.

Tolzien, who went 24-of-39 for 280 yards on Sunday in his first regular season playing time of his NFL career. He threw two interceptions, one of which was a deflected ball while the other was a bad throw behind Jordy Nelson.

The Packers are reportedly taking a look at Matt Flynn with Aaron Rodgers out indefinitely with a left collarbone injury. If they do decide to sign him, he’ll be a backup for next week at the very least.

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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler says groin is fine, ankle injury forced him out of game

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in a loss to the Redskins earlier this month. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in a loss to the Redskins earlier this month. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the game on Sunday as the Bears lost to the Lions on their last drive due to ankle injury, not an aggravation of the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup last week.

After the game, Cutler said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, that he rolled his left ankle during the first half of the game and that limited his mobility in the second half before he finally came out of the game. It was clear watching Cutler that he was operating at less than full speed, though he said it was just his ankle bothering him and that his groin was fine. That lack of mobility wound up leading to the decision to remove Cutler from the game.

Cutler, who had x-rays on the ankle, has said they are negative, although there’s no word yet on his status for next week. Cutler went  21-of-40 and a total of 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception before the injury.

Josh McCown led the Bears to a touchdown, but the team couldn’t get a two-point conversion despite having two shots at it thanks to a penalty by the Lions on their first attempt.

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Chicago Bears Make Ratliff Official, Sign Long Snapper

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The  Chicago Bears were in need of some reserves to help an injury hampered unit Wednesday, and they do so by signing defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.

In addition to making the signing of Ratiff  official, who agreed to a new deal last weekend, the Bears have  announced that they have come to agreements with long snapper Jeremy Cain.

Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who has played in more games than any Bear, left Lambeau Field Monday night in a walking boot because of a calf injury. He finished the game, but adding Cain provides some insurance.

According to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Mannelly could miss a few weeks.

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Green Bay Packers Promote Scott Tolzien to Active Roster

San Diego Chargers quarterback Scott Tolzien throws during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Photo: Gregory Bull, AP

San Diego Chargers quarterback Scott Tolzien throws during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Photo: Gregory Bull, AP

The  Green Bay Packers were paying Scott Tolzien like a member of the 53-man roster. Now he’s on it.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tolzien will be promoted from the Packers  practice squad to their active roster after star quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Monday Nights battle against the Chicago Bears.

Seneca Wallace, who is the starter for at least the near-term, was the only other quarterback on the active roster last night.

Tolzien is familiar to local fans, leading Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl his senior year. He spent time with the Chargers and 49ers before making his back to the Midwest, where he’s now a play away from taking the field.

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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Expected to Play This Sunday

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

After missing the game in Green Bay after suffering a groin injury in their previous game, at Washington, Chicago Bears quarterback looks to come this Sunday. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Cutler plans to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions

Although the initial reports on Cutler’s injury suggested that he’d miss four weeks, the news that he plans to miss just one game comes as no surprise. Cutler said last week that was his goal, and there have been no setbacks since then.

The question, however, is whether the Bears’ medical staff and coaching staff agree with Cutler’s self assessment. Cutler may think he can give it a go against the Lions, but if his mobility is limited and he can’t avoid Detroit’s pass rush, he won’t be doing his team any favors by toughing it out through a groin injury.

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Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph Out 4-6 Weeks

Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph (82) misses a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Vikings' Stephen Burton caught the football for a 7-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Minnesota Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph (82) misses a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Vikings’ Stephen Burton caught the football for a 7-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

To Vikings fan asking whether or not the season could get any worse for the team after the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the answer is “yes”.  Bad just got worse for the struggling 1-7 Minnesota Vikings with tight end,Kyle Rudolph, now out for an expected 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph scored an amazing 31-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, but was injured on the play and didn’t return to the game. The injury, which isn’t career- or season-ending, will still sideline Rudolph for a significant amount of time. According to multiple sources, Rudolph has a fractured bone in his foot.

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Minnesota Vikings Leslie Frazier’s job is safe through 2014

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP

Minnesota Vikings General Manager, Rick Spielman has gone on the record by saying that head coach Leslie Frazier will be part of the vikings organization through the 2014 season.

“Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere,” Spielman said. “I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we’re committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around.”

The problem is that Spielman can’t be sure that anyone else’s job is safe, because he can’t say for sure that his own job is safe. If the second half of the season in Minnesota is as much of a debacle as the first half has been, everyone’s job is in jeopardy.

Spielman has indicated that the goal for the rest of the year is determining whether Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman or Matt Cassel will be taking snaps as the starter for the vikings has what it takes to be the team’s starter in 2014 and beyond.

“I know by the end of the year we should definitely have idea on what direction if we have a franchise quarterback on this roster right now, or do we have to go into the draft potentially and look for a franchise quarterback, or where do we go at the end of the season,” Spielman said. “But if you don’t have them in your building to get a fair assessment and true evaluation, this will give you a clearer picture of the direction you have to go at the end of the year.”

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Chicago Bears Sign Jay Ratliff

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

The Bears are looking for any and all help on defense, they might just have found a nice replacement for defensive tackle.

Incomes, Jay Ratliff, released by the Cowboys last month, and looks to show the Bears what he can do as he fills in for fellow defensive tackle, Henry Melton, who is out with a season ending injury.

Ratliff is a four-time Pro Bowler, and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

The Bears were one of three teams that were interested in the service of Ratliff, along with the Chiefs and the Dolphins, who also appeared to have strong interest. The Bengals made a late run at him as well, after losing their defensive tackle, Geno Atkins for the season on Thursday nght.

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Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy on Pace for a 1,000 Yard Season

Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy is helped off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Green Bay Packers’ Eddie Lacy is helped off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

If all ends well for Eddie Lacy, he should be on track to end the Packers’ four-year drought without a 1,000 yard rusher.

Don’t look now, but Eddie Lacy could be on track to become the Packers’ first 1,000 yard rusher since Ryan Grant in 2009.

Through seven games, Lacy has accumulated 446 rushing yards, an average of 63.7 yards. To put things in context, the Packers’ leading rusher in 2012 gained only 18 more yards over the entire season. At this rate, Lacy is projected to gain 1,019 yards by the end of the year.

Yet that figure is misleading. Lacy essentially missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion from Brandon Meriweather on his first carry against Washington. A healthy Lacy should run for far more than that 1,019 yard figure.

In the five games which Lacy carried the ball more than one time, he averaged 87.2 yards. That projects to approximately 785 yards over his next nine games and a total of 1231 for the season.

Granted, there are other factors that could affect that projection. With James Starks recovered from a knee injury that cost him multiple games, the Packers are likely to reduce Lacy’s workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Additionally, as James Jonesand Randall Cobb return to action, the passing game will likely regain some of its prominence in the play calling. And, of course, Lacy could sustain another injury and miss time. However, the mere fact that we’re discussing how many rushing yards Lacy will gainbeyond 1,000 tells you how great things are going in Green Bay.

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Chicago Bears Signs Larry Grant And Terrence Toliver

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

The Chicago Bears are back at it after a week off, and have three new faces joining them. A linebacker, a receiver, and a quarterback.

With starting linebacker Lance Briggs expected to miss about a month with his shoulder injury, the Chicago Bears have signed linebacker Larry Grant.

Grant, a five year pro with 11 starts under his belt, has primarily been a core special teamer. With Either Blake Costanzo or rookie Khaseem Greene expected to receive the start in Briggs’ place, Grant will pick up the 3rd phase slack. With 93 tackles in his 66 career games, Grant will bring some experience to the Bears linebacker depth.

The Bears will welcome Jordan Palmer back to practice today. Palmer was signed last week to fill in as the #2 quarterback while Jay Cutler recovers from his torn groin. Palmer will back up Josh McCown for the foreseeable future, and the Bears have no plans to add a 3rd QB to the mix. The Bears, to make room for Grant and Palmer, released tight end Steve Maneri and corner C.J. Wilson.

Also new to today’s practice is wide receiver Terrence Toliver who was added to the practice squad. To make room for Toliver the Bears released Ricardo Lockette.

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