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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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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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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Poll: Who Should The Chicago Bears Start As Quarterback

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

After Jay Cutler went down against the Washington Redskins in week 7, we saw Josh McCown take over the reigns as a battered Bears offence and Defense tried to win a close game as they lost 45-41.

Coming into week 9, and the first game for the Bears without Jay Cutler, who should start for the Bears against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Nigh.

Green Bay Packers James Starks And Eddie Lacy To Share Time In Green Bay Backfield

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)

With Packers running backs James Starks and Eddie Lacy finally healthy at the same time, both guys will be playing.

Even though the carries will be shared, Lacy is expected to remain the No. 1 guy.

“Eddie is running the ball well right now,” running backs coach Alex Van Pelt recently said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  “I’m just trying to take some of the load off of Eddie and split up the remaining reps between Johnathan [Franklin] and James, because James and Johnathan still bring some unique abilities to the run game.”

“It’s a good problem.  It’s been awhile.  I like having three backs dressed up.”

Of course, it’s just a matter of time before one of the three running backs is injured again, considering the Packers luck.  Until that time, the goal will be to find a way to make each of them happy — and also to recognize which guy has the hot hand in any given game.  Though Lacy is a rookie from Alabama,  he’s played well. Starks was off to a great start before injuring his knee against the Bengals.

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Minnesota Vikings Josh Freeman Out With Concussion, Christian Ponder Please Stand Up

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder throws a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder throws a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

The Quarterback situation in Minnesota is starting to get bad, to put it simply,

Josh Freeman, who played as bad as one could imagine from a first start with a new team, had a bad outing in starting his first game with the Vikings on Monday night, has suffered a concussion, and may not be able to play this week against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed today that Freeman’s status is in doubt, and if Freeman can’t play, Christian Ponder would resume the role of the starting quarterback when the Packers come to town on Sunday night.

Although the Vikings won’t have any official word on Freeman’s status until he goes through the league-mandated concussion protocol, Frazier said the Vikings are currently preparing as if Ponder is going to be the starter.

It’s not clear when Freeman suffered the concussion, but Frazier said he didn’t see anything on Monday night to make him think Freeman was showing any symptoms of a head injury.

Assuming Freeman isn’t cleared to return, Ponder will get his first start since Week Three, and Matt Cassel will be Ponder’s backup.

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Cleveland Browns Sign Charles Johnson off Green Bay Packers Practice Squad

Remember how the Packers fans felt when they drafted wide receiver Charles Johnson in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft?  Johnson was raw, yes, but there was enough upside that the Packers were convinced that he had the size and speed to turn into a good receiver for the Packers in time. Unfortunately, it appears that Packer fans may need to be put to rest, as Johnson is now a member of the Cleveland Browns.

It’s an interesting move for the Browns as  Johnson could be playing against his former team in eight days as the Browns travle to Green Bay to play the Packers

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Charles Johnson (17)  during an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013,  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Charles Johnson (17) during an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

It was possible that Johnson could have been promoted to the active roster. As the Packers cutting Jeremy Ross while putting Robert Francois on injured reserve in recent weeks. The Packers also promoted running back Michael Hill and cornerback James Nixon instead. With all that said,  Johnson is off to Cleveland, I hope the Browns promote him for that game.

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NFC North News Week 4

Another good Week in the NFC North as it looks to be the dominate Division this year.

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh smothers Jay Cutler, causing the Bears QB to cough up the ball. (PAUL SANCYA/AP)

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh smothers Jay Cutler, causing the Bears QB to cough up the ball. (PAUL SANCYA/AP)

Chicago Bears 

After a tough loss to divisional foe Detroit, the Bears look to rebound against the New Orleans Saints. I wasn’t to impressed with how the Bears handled the run game, allowing Reggie Bush to rush for 139 YRDS along with 34 receiving YRDS. After coming off a 38-17 victory at home against the Dolphins, the Saints should be fired up for a tough game, as the Bears need to rebound after almost coming back to beat the Detroit Lions in a 40-32 game that didn’t feel that close for most of the game.

Detroit Lions 

With a big Performance by Reggie Bush last game, resulting in 139 rushing yards resulting in an average of 7.7 yrds per carry and 1 touchdown, the lions out preformed the Chicago Bears for most of the game. With the exception of a 4th quarter collapse, allowing the Bears to get within 8 points, the Lions looked good running and throwing the ball. The Lions will play the Green Bay Packers next week.

Green Bay Packers

After coming off a bye week and starting 1-2, the Green Bay Packers are hungry for a win, lucky for them, there next opponent is divisional rival, the Detroit Lions. The Lions are coming off a divisional win against the Bears, and are in first place in the NFC North, the Packers are in 3rd, with the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings as the last team in the division.

Minnesota Vikings

After throwing in Matt Cassel against the Steelers in London this Sunday, we may have seen a quarterback battle with  Christian Ponder still banged up with rib problems. Cassel threw for 248 yards resulting in 2 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson was also a key factor in the game with 23 carries resulting in 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. Minnesota has a bye this week, and will play the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

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Green Bay Packers Sign New Kick Returner

San Diego Chargers running back Michael Hill (30) runs the ball during the NFL preseason week 1 football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in San Diego. The Seahawks won the game 31-10. (AP Photo/Paul Spinelli)

San Diego Chargers running back Michael Hill (30) runs the ball during the NFL preseason week 1 football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in San Diego. The Seahawks won the game 31-10. (AP Photo/Paul Spinelli)

We knew that the  Packers were going to make a move, after releasing wide receiver/kickreturner Jermey Ross last week. Many assumed that Green Bay would add a returner to fill Ross’ spot. Instead, the Packers have decided to sign Michael Hill, a running back from their practice squad.

Hill, a rookie from Missouri Western State, spent the off-season with the San Diego Chargers. The Packers signed him to their practice squad on September 30th following his release from San Diego.

With Hill’s addition, it does raises questions about the status of James Starks, who left week 3’s game against the Bengals with a knee injury. Due to the bye week, the team has not yet provided an update on Stark’s status. Hill’s signing could be a signal that Starks might be unavailable for week 5 and beyond.

To fill Hill’s spot on the practice squad, the Packers signed receiver Reggie Dunn. Dunn, a rookie out of Utah,  is most notable for his return abilities. If Starks or another player is placed on IR or released, Dunn would be a key candidate to replace him.

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Green Bay Packers Work Out Kick Returners

Days after releasing kick returner/ receiver Jeremy Ross, the Packers have decided to bring in two potential replacements for workouts. Those players, defensive back B.J Hill of the Green Bay Blizzard, a member of the IFL,  and former Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith, both of whom have kick return experience.

Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith eludes Middle Tennessee State defenders in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith eludes Middle Tennessee State defenders in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Hill’s workout is perhaps the most entertaining, as it shows GM Ted Thompson’s willingness to find talent in unconventional places for football players. Hill, a four year veteran of the Indoor Football League, played his college ball at Ball State. In 13 games, he has accumulated four return touchdowns and 695 return yards.

While Smith hasn’t been as great, he did fairly well in college. At Georgia Tech, he averaged 21.2 yards per return for a career total of 1,613 yards. In addition to kick returns, Smith can be used as a  reserve running back in case the likes of Eddie Lacy, James Starks or Johnathan Franklin happen to go down.

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