When the Packers and Baltimore Ravens meet on Sunday, there will be over 230 Million Dollars worth of quarterback on the field. After Joe Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title, he was rewarded with a six year, 120 million dollar deal that made him the highest paid player in the league. Until Aaron Rodgers signed his extension with the Packers, five more years, 110 million plus, including 35 million in year one. This will easily be the priciest pair of signal callers on the field in the same game in NFL history. Can't wait to see who's multi-million dollar arm wins out.
Rodgers is actually returning to Baltimore, where as a rookie in 2005, got to mop up for Brett Favre on a disasterous Monday night. With the Ravens routing the Pack 34-3, lame duck Mike Sherman yanked Favre and stuck the kid in. Rodgers finished the third quarter and played the entire fourth. He completed only 8 of 15 balls for 65 yards, got picked and was sacked three times. FInal score, 48-3. Aaron talked about that game, how it drove him to improve, the Ravens without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and his resurgent running game when he held his weekly chat with the media this week.
Very little change to the team's injury report after the only padded practice of the week. Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, James Starks and Greg Van Roten are all out. Jarrett Bush didn't practice again with his hamstring injury. Andy Mulumba also did not work with an ankle injury. Mike McCarthy said Mulumba will have to practice Friday to have a chance to play with an already thinned linebacking corps. Casey Hayward, for the second week in a row, practiced in pads. Out with a hamstring pull since early training camp, McCarthy said the defensive back is getting close. How he feels on Friday could lead him toward a season debut in Baltimore. The only other player on the injury report was Ryan Pickett, limited with a bruised hand from Wednesday's practice.
I had Jerron McMillian as my guest on the 5th Quarter Show last Monday night and I kidded him and the audience by offering to pass the hat to collect money for an expected fine. McMillian was penalized 15 yards for hitting a Lions receiver on their final offensive series of the day, leading to their only touchdown. You knew the fine was coming. It did. The NFL fined McMillian $15,000 for the hit. When I saw him today, I reminded him about the collection and he laughed. He's appealing the fine and said a hearing will be held about the play next week.
The Packers made a practice squad change today, releasing wide receiver and kick returner Reggie Dunn and signing guard Garth Gerhart. It was thought Dunn will get a long look as the return man after arriving with a speedy reputation. With Van Roten down for another week or more, ,the team needed help on the line for practice purposes. Gerhart, out of Arizona State, spent last season on the Cleveland Browns practice squad and was with the Packers during this summer's training camp.