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Hawk thrives despite playing only in base, nickel defenses

9:20 PM, Nov. 6, 2012
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) pressures Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 14, 2012. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) pressures Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 14, 2012. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
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When Desmond Bishop sustained a season-ending hamstring injury in the preseason opener, the Green Bay Packers went with second-year pro D.J Smith as their every-down inside linebacker.

When Smith went down in Week 6 with a season-ending knee injury, they went to Brad Jones, a converted outside linebacker who played only on special teams the first five games of the season.

What does that say about A.J. Hawk, the other starting inside linebacker, that coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers passed on the option of having him as their every-down inside linebacker and instead ...

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