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Notebook: Improving Hyde gives lift to kickoff-return team

7:55 PM, Dec. 24, 2013
Packers' Micah Hyde tries to elude Pittsburgh Steelers' Shamarko Thomas (29) while returning a kick-off in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.
Packers' Micah Hyde tries to elude Pittsburgh Steelers' Shamarko Thomas (29) while returning a kick-off in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.
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Micah Hyde set the bar higher almost every time he returned a kickoff Sunday.

Since taking over that special teams duty midway through Game 7, the Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback has stabilized a unit that had been deeply troubled to that point. His first return Sunday - 33 yards on the opening kickoff - was 2 yards longer than the team's previous best this season.

And he only got better as the game progressed and the snowy field conditions regressed. On his first return of the second half, Hyde went for 39 yards. Then, with Green Bay trailing by a touchdown with less than 1 minutes to go in the ...

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