Packers notes: Aaron Rodgers takes no offense to the fans doing the wave
GREEN BAY - In what would be an odd sight if not for its regularity, fans inside Lambeau Field broke out the wave late in the Green Bay Packers’ blowout 31-12 win Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Usually, the home team gets a quiet reception when its offense takes the field. Not in Green Bay. But if quarterback Aaron Rodgers was amused by the rowdiness, he stopped short of asking fans to knock it off when asked after the game.
“No, just keep playing ‘Roll Out the Barrel,’ and doing the beer races, and we’re good to go, man,” Rodgers said, smiling. “Don’t have to change anything.”
Rodgers said his feelings might be different if the same noise from hometown fans came in a close game.
“It’s OK when it’s 31-12,” Rodgers said. “It’s not that big of a deal. If it was 31-all, maybe take it easy. I think they get a little bored maybe sometimes, and they’re like, ‘What are we going to do here?’ Because I was watching from the sideline at one point, it was in the third quarter, and I saw like four people right across from me — this would be about behind their bench from the 40-yard line — kind of stand up and do it. And I was thinking to myself, ‘I bet you they’re going to do it when we’re on offense.’
“And they did, and we love them.”
With the Packers heading to Seattle on Tuesday, the rehabilitation time for injuries suffered Sunday will be short.
Starting safety Kentrell Brice suffered what looked to be a serious left ankle injury early in the first quarter, as he had to be helped off the field and onto a cart early in the game. The TV cameras caught him in an emotional moment on the Packers' bench prior to his departure to the locker room.
Outside linebacker Nick Perry had his right leg awkwardly bent late in the first half, resulting in a knee injury that also knocked him from the game. Backup offensive lineman Lucas Patrick was evaluated for a concussion after being sandwiched by three Dolphins on a kick return.
Corner Bashaud Breeland, who started in place of an injured Kevin King, hurt his groin and left the game for good in the third quarter.
“I’ll be all right,” Breeland said. “Just gotta get my groin warmed up. I’ll be ready to go.”
Fellow corner Jaire Alexander was pulled off the field late after a hard collision and was evaluated for a concussion, but he was cleared before the game ended.
The Packers entered the game relatively healthy but with a cross-country flight coming up shortly these could be problems as they face a tough Seahawks team.
“The old guys will take care of themselves as far as rehabbing and what that means and sleep and all that, but at the end of the day it’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Matthews said.
Greene's career day
No better time to play your first defensive snaps in the NFL than with your back against the goal line — and no better time to help force two field goals that kept the game tight. That was the situation undrafted rookie free-agent safety Raven Greene was placed in Sunday against Miami.
Primarily a special teams player until this week, Greene was pressed into action at his own 11-yard line with the Dolphins facing a third-and-8. Greene covered tight end Mike Gesicki, helping force a sack by Kyler Fackrell. That led to a Dolphins field goal and kept the Packers ahead 7-3 in the first quarter.
Then in the second quarter Greene nearly intercepted Brock Osweiler on third-and-goal at the Packers’ 7-yard line, forcing another field goal that left the Packers up 14-6.
“Man, that’s my guy,” said fellow undrafted rookie James Crawford. “I’m very happy for him. He had a real good game, defensively and special teams wise.”
Greene followed that up with a sack on third-and-7 at the Packers’ 26 that forced a punt.
Greene capped his night with a 26-yard run on a fake punt in the fourth quarter that helped the Packers salt away the game.
“I got into the huddle and the guys were all looking at me with these wide eyes and I’m just like, alright, I guess were really going to do this and went out and executed,” Greene said. “It’s just a blessing man. I saw so much green grass on that play and I don’t know if I need to see any more.”