Welcome to your Monday Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers, from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty on Jimmy Graham embracing some extremely new stem cell treatments.
This is a story in which elite-level sports meet the cutting edge of science, for better or worse.
It’s neither an endorsement of anyone or anything, nor a cautionary tale. It’s simply a sign of the no-man’s land we’re in right now in the young science of biologics, and one NFL player’s decision to try an intriguing but unproven treatment to help extend his career.
The player is Jimmy Graham, the five-time Pro Bowl tight end the Green Bay Packers signed in free agency this offseason. The science is in the promising but controversial field of stem cells, though the treatment Graham tried more specifically used an offshoot of stem cells, that is, extracellular vesicles (or EVs). More on that later.
The story starts with the torn patellar tendon Graham sustained in his right knee in November 2015, less than a week after he’d turned 29 and while with the Seattle Seahawks. A ruptured patellar tendon can be career-threatening and requires surgery and a long rehabilitation. Graham recovered well enough to return to the field nine months later, but says he played the 2016 season with significant, chronic pain in his knee.
Rich Ryman looks at the Packers history course being offered by UWGB:
Rich also has a look at the Packers' interactive Lambeau Field Live exhibit, which debuts Tuesday:
This is a gem of a convo between Brett Favre and Jon Gruden on the run/pass option:
Elsewhere, Brian Sampson takes a deep dive on the Packers' roster:
Jon Meerdink looks at the most important moves Brian Gutekunst has made so far:
Chris Peterson looks at the state of the offensive line:
Ty Montgomery looks to still be in the Packers' plans:
Locked On Packers looks at the drama around Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:
Doug Farrar looks at the possibilities on the defensive side of the ball:
Three generations of Packers linebackers talk with LeRoy Butler about playing in Green Bay:
Several current and former Packers took part in the 25th year of the Lombardi Foundation Golf Classic over the weekend:
Former Packers running back Alex Green caught Johnny Manziel’s first CFL touchdown pass:
This is another gem of a video. Mike McCarthy at a coaches clinic back in 2006, including footage of Aaron Rodgers first year in McCarthy’s quarterback school: