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Peppers not worried about play against Titans

Julius Peppers isn’t worried, and he doesn’t think Green Bay Packers fans should be concerned either.

Peppers, the Packers’ prized offseason acquisition, understands why some fans might have some reservations about him. He’s 34 years old. He’s entering his 13th NFL season. He’s a rarity for the draft-and-develop Packers — a big-name free-agent signee.

And although he appears to still be in tip-top physical condition, even Peppers acknowledges that it’s reasonable to wonder just how much he has left.

“You know, I guess it’s something that you expect,” Peppers said. “There’s not a lot of 34-year-old defensive ends playing in the league, so I guess it’s a fair question.”

Peppers’ performance in the team’s preseason opener at Tennessee last week didn’t do much to answer that question.


Titans’ O-line ready for Packers

Titans left guard Andy Levitre will be playing Saturday despite having an appendectomy two weeks ago.

Center Brian Schwenke and right guard Chance Warmack are ready to show how much better they can be in their second year. And tackles Michael Roos and Michael Oher are playing well enough that rookie Taylor Lewan may spend this season on the bench.

The Tennessee offensive line appears to be in better shape a year after an overhaul brought in three new starters.

“We have a lot of hard workers,” said Roos, the Titans’ left tackle since 2006. “We’ve been working a lot, putting in a lot of hours on the practice field. I like the way everybody’s working and pushing themselves and pushing each other.”

Their first test comes Saturday night in the preseason opener against Green Bay with Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews. The first-team offensive line is expected to play approximately 15 snaps Saturday.


Favre looks forward, no regrets about career

Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre says it’s unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago, but that he’s proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.

Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM on Friday, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.

Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.

“And that goes from Day 1 to the end,” he said.

Fans know he played as hard as he could, Favre added.

“I laid it on the field every time,” he said.


Flynn, Tolzien gives Packers depth at QB

After nearly a decade in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need that many snaps in Packers preseason games.

There’s not really much to prove for a quarterback who seems as sharp as ever in practice.

But backup play is at a premium, especially following a 2013 season during which Rodgers was sidelined for nearly two months with a collarbone injury.

Ten days into training camp, the Packers appear to have two competent candidates for a job that, realistically, few people in Green Bay would like to see either perform on a regular basis.

The first test arrives Saturday when coach Mike McCarthy’s team travels to Tennessee to play the Titans in the preseason opener.

“Every time you step on the field, it’s a huge opportunity, regardless of where you rank or where you are in the depth chart, it does not matter,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said Thursday.

Well, there is one big exception.


Barclay goes down with knee injury

The Green Bay Packers’ injury woes have returned.

Tackle Don Barclay, who was viewed by coach Mike McCarthy as the team’s No. 6 offensive lineman, was carted from the practice field Tuesday afternoon with what appeared to be a significant right knee injury.

Barclay’s right knee buckled beneath him while he was blocking rookie outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard during an 11-on-11 drill and the play ended with Barclay clutching his right knee in pain.

“I was standing right behind him,” McCarthy said. “You (could) definitely see he was in a compromised position.”

Barclay, who made the team as an undrafted free agent from West Virginia in 2012, wasn’t projected as a starter this season, but started 21 games (including playoffs) the past two years, including 15 last season at right tackle.

With Barclay out, second-year guard Lane Taylor becomes the top reserve behind Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang.


Packers, Favre reconcile; No. 4 to be retired

Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers envision the to-be-determined 2015 game for No. 4’s retirement ceremony starting like this:

Favre and Bart Starr walk together to midfield as honorary captains for the pregame coin flip. Aaron Rodgers is there as one of the Packers’ captains. The three greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, one in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, another a surefire first-ballot choice in 2016, and the third on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

“I’ve got chills right now thinking about it,” said Favre via teleconference Monday.

Then at halftime, Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren, the general manager and coach, respectively, who brought Favre to Green Bay, developed his talent and won a Super Bowl with him, join Favre and his family on Lambeau Field. The ceremony will unveil Favre’s retired No. 4 on the stadium’s north facade, only the sixth number retired in Packers history.


Lacy preps for 3-down duty

Eddie Lacy caught the ball and held on tight.

Not even Packers teammate Jordy Nelson could pry it loose after trying to sneak up from behind to force a fumble.

While Lacy — the Offensive Rookie of the Year — is getting paid to carry the ball in Green Bay, he is working on other elements of his game heading into his second year.

“The goal is just to be as good offensively as we can be, and if that’s being able to add another option for the quarterback, that’s what we have to do,” Lacy said Thursday after practice.

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Lacy pounded away at defenses for a franchise rookie record 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries. He made it to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.

This week, Lacy is pictured on one of four covers for Sports Illustrated. The affable Lacy is taking the hype in stride.

“I just walked in and saw I was on the cover. I said, ‘That’s pretty cool,” Lacy said.


Packers sign GM to extension

With four NFC North titles and a Super Bowl victory in the past decade, Ted Thompson has had quite a run as Packers general manager.

Thompson sees no reason to stop now, even as retirement age nears. The team announced after practice Wednesday the signing of Thompson to a multiyear contract extension.

“The more you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you’d walk away from something like this,” Thompson said. “To get a chance to continue to do that after you put all the chips on the table, there’s very little choice there. I want to be here.”

Terms of the deal were not announced. Thompson didn’t comment on the specifics, either.

“No. I’m not a very specific guy,” he said when asked if could be more specific about his contract, drawing laughs from reporters.

Extending coach Mike McCarthy’s contract appears to be the next decision.


Peppers adjusting to 3-4 defense

Standing a sturdy 6-foot-7, Packers pass rusher Julius Peppers poses an imposing sight to opposing linemen even without pads.

Good thing Green Bay’s front five only has to go up against Peppers in practice now.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is spending his first training camp in Titletown after joining the Packers as a free agent in the offseason following four seasons with the division rival Chicago Bears. The lure of playing in a 3-4 defense that also features linebacker Clay Matthews helped lure Peppers north to Green Bay.

“It is a new challenge and I’m looking forward to not only proving to myself that I can do it, but proving to the outsiders who don’t think I can do it,” Peppers said Monday after the Packers practiced in pads for the first time.


Pack signs Nelson to extension after 1st practice

Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.

It didn't take long for the rest of his teammates to find out.

Green Bay's leading receiver now has a deal commensurate with his production after signing a contract extension just before taking the field Saturday morning.

"So I was like the last one in the locker room and waiting on the paperwork to come down to get it done. That way, I had some security when I went out to practice," Nelson said. "That was a little bit different, and knowing no one knew (but) me the whole time I'm riding down there and on the field."

Soon enough, Nelson told fellow receivers and the quarterbacks. Coach Mike McCarthy found out in the middle of practice. Right about the time that Nelson was making a pretty touchdown catch on a long corner pass from Aaron Rodgers, word filtered out on social media.


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