I’m a little pressed for time this morning, so here’s a condensed version of Monday’s news.
The Packers secondary is undergoing some renovation after the loss of starting safety Morgan Burnett. It’s unofficial, so it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but according to the team’s depth chart, Jarrett Bush is now listed at safety and cornerback. However, it also lists Brandon Underwood as the backup to cornerback Tramon Williams. That contradicts what cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt told reporters yesterday. Whitt said Underwood sat behind Sam Shields and Pat Lee on the depth chart. The Packers.com Blog offered an update on Al Harris as well. Harris sounded fairly non-commital as to when he would return.
“You have to trust the training staff, trust God and just believe in what you believe in,” he said. “If it’s two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, five weeks, however it goes, whenever I get out there, that’s when I’m supposed to be out there.”
To make matters worse for the defense, linebacker Brandon Chillar‘s shoulder injury may be worse than expected. In fact, it could be season ending.
Off the field, the Packers made news as well. The team voted quarterback Aaron Rodgers as their representative to the National Football League Players’ Association. The team also voted to decertify. Why is this important? It’s all “part of a plan” says Andrew Brandt.
Finally, head coach Mike McCarthy had some choice words for his quarterback’s criticism as well as his team’s performance on Sunday. McCarthy told reporters, “I think we need to get a little more realistic.”
Following the team’s bye week, Sidney Rice made a rare appearance in the Vikings locker room on Monday. He was still on crutches 6 weeks after hip surgery, but he’s hoping to “ditch the crutches” next week.
The NFL laid down the law on Jared Allen‘s “calf roping” celebration. Allen wondered why it’s an issue, but said he would alter his post-sack celebration so as not to get his team penalized. Fellow teammate Ray Edwards had an idea why the NFL was coming down so hard on his team. “I think they just hate the Vikings,” said Edwards.
The Vikings next opponent, the New York Jets, appear to be getting healthy just in time for Monday night’s game. Jets’ coach Rex Ryan expects wide receiver Santonio Holmes, linebacker Calvin Pace, and cornerback Darrelle Revis to be ready for Monday’s matchup.
Finally, I spoke with Vikings’ beat writer Chip Scoggins yesterday. He was gracious enough to spare an hour of his time, and we talked about everything from how he got his start in journalism to the soft-spoken leaders in the Vikings’ locker room. I’ll have more of our conversation on the blog later this week.