Notebook: Bakhtiari, Clinton-Dix named 2nd-team All-Pro
GREEN BAY - The Associated Press announced its 2016 NFL All-Pro teams Friday and a pair of Green Bay Packers were recognized.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who are both 25 years old or younger, were named second-team All-Pro performers.
“I think anytime you can get recognition, that’s great,” Bakhtiari said. “At the end of the day, as long as I’m happy with the way I played, my coaches are, Aaron (Rodgers) is and the organization, that’s the most important thing to me.
“I had a saying with an old friend that plays in the NFL, too — actually plays left tackle. Did you give it your all? You can always give more and you can always be better. You’re never on the peak. You’re always climbing.”
Aaron Rodgers finished third in the quarterback voting behind Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (first team) and New England’s Tom Brady (second team). Derek Carr of Oakland finished fourth.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who led the league in touchdown receptions in his first year back from an ACL reconstruction, finished fifth among wide receivers. He trailed Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, Atlanta’s Julio Jones, New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga finished fourth at his position.
Deep freeze: Because of the cushy relationship between the city of Green Bay and the annual influx of polar vortices, the Packers are quite familiar with bone-chilling practice conditions. In fact, the jersey for defensive end Christian Ringo froze to his stomach earlier this winter when sweat met wind met fabric.
But even that frigid December day — and all the December days in years prior — were no match for what the Packers endured Thursday.
The high temperature in Green Bay peaked at 3 degrees around 2:53 p.m. It had risen from minus-5 degrees at 7:53 a.m., when most of the players were arriving at Lambeau Field.
Still, an unrelenting wind made the conditions borderline unbearable, and coach Mike McCarthy said the wind chill was measured between minus-20 and minus-25 degrees.
“Coldest ever, that was the consensus as a team,” McCarthy said Friday morning. “I didn’t realize it was that cold until we got out there. The wind really took it to a different level.
“As far as creating a tough atmosphere for your team to prepare, I think we hit the target there the way we handled the football. I actually thought all three quarterbacks threw the ball well in the ball drills and the things you always make sure you get done in that weather. I thought it was beneficial.”
The forecast for Sunday’s playoff game between the Packers and Giants calls for a high of 13 degrees around kickoff with winds between 5 miles per hour and 10 miles per hour.
Injury report: Cornerback Quinten Rollins (neck/concussion) and running back James Starks (concussion) have been ruled out and will not play this weekend.
Rollins was carted off the field on a stretcher against the Detroit Lions last week and spent the night in a Detroit hospital. McCarthy said the test results have been positive despite Rollins’ forthcoming absence Sunday afternoon.
OT Bryan Bulaga (abdomen), WR Randall Cobb (ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), OLB Nick Perry (hand), CB Damarious Randall (knee), ILB Joe Thomas (back) and center JC Tretter (knee) were all listed as questionable. The majority of them, if not all, are expected to play.
For the Giants, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) has been ruled out and DE Owa Odighizuwa is doubtful.
Dunked: Wide receiver Davante Adams was fined $12,154 for dunking the football through the goal post after a touchdown against Detroit on Sunday night.