- Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi
- White House: More changes to contraception mandate coming
- ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’
- Netanyahu’s spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel
- Oregon vandals smear cars with doughnuts, pastries, chocolate bars
- Obama’s ‘Katrina moment’ leaves his favorability factor at 42 percent
- Feds tout nearly 200 arrests, $625K in seized cash in Texas border crackdown
- Joy Behar: Sarah Palin should be ‘turning letters over on some game show’
- Rhino poacher in South Africa sentenced to 77 years in jail
- John Kerry defies FAA and flies to Israel to talk peace
Packers get good news with banged-up defense
Question of the Day
GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - The Packers defense will be close to full strength when Green Bay takes on the Chicago Bears.
“I have no reason to believe that they won’t play,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
The lone missing starter is Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, who is out for the season with a neck injury sustained in last week’s victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Woodson, who had a big game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Carolina, aggravated a foot injury. Matthews, who recorded his first sack of the season, sustained a quadriceps injury.
“To see Clay out there, that always makes you feel a little bit better,” Capers said.
Pickett, an 11th-year veteran, left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised foot and didn’t return. He didn’t know when and how the injury occurred but said he played hurt most of the game.
Now, he feels a sense of urgency to play Sunday because the Packers will be without Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, as the Packers try to resolve their leaky pass defense. They have given up a league-high 851 yards through the air after ranking No. 5 against the pass last season.
“We haven’t been playing up to our standard on defense. It’s the bottom line. There’s no excuses. We just haven’t, and we’ve got to get back to playing our style of football.”
Williams, who led the team last season with a career-high nine interceptions, bruised a shoulder in the season opener against New Orleans and didn’t play against Carolina. He said Friday it was the first time he has missed a game at any level in any sport going back to his childhood.
“I could have made the decision to go (last Sunday), but I thought it was best that I stay out. I didn’t want to risk more injury,” said Williams, who revealed he sustained a bruise of a nerve in his shoulder.
Williams said he will wear a protective harness over the shoulder if he plays. He tried it out in practice this week and is eager to get things turned around for the defense.
“It’s hard to watch, especially when things aren’t in synch,” he said.
Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
- HURT: The cost of 'free' water in Detroit
- EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care
- Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
- Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq