The Packers are in the final stretch of what was a long and injury filled training camp. Nine players missed the last practice open to fans after half a dozen were placed on injured reserve and two more on the physically unable to perform list. Before the Packers open the season on September 9th against 2011 NFL runner-up San Francisco, they must avoid serious injuries in their last preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 75-man roster still has to be reduced to 53, and in the closing game, everyone on the bubble will get one more chance to make an impression and avoid Coach McCarthy's final cuts.
James Starks isn’t ready yet: Injuries appear set to hound James Starks for a third straight season. Hope for the running back’s return for the season opener may be running low. The turf toe that has sidelined him through camp hasn’t healed as fast as the Green Bay Packers would like.
Packers defense turns up the pressure: A season after ranking 27th in the NFL in sacks, the Packers put a premium on getting better at getting to the passer. Green Bay’s defense turned up the heat on Cincinnati, and turned up their confidence at the same time.
Backfield gets better with Benson: Cedric Benson’s impressive debut against Cincinnati a week after he signed as a free agent has boosted hope the Packers’ running attach will be more than an afterthought this season.
Aaron Rodgers promises revenge on John Kuhn: “Kuuuhhnnn” is what many Packer fans chanted after watching the video of Kuhn smashing a pie in Rodgers face. As the team leader, Rodgers has no choice but to accept that his teammates got him good. Also, as the face of the Packers, he has no choice but to seek revenge in a way that will give Kuhn nightmares for weeks.