Three-Fourths of Stock Sold in First Two Days

The Packers sold 185,000 shares worth about $43 million, according to team President/CEO Mark Murphy. Plus, injury reports and plenty of on-the-field news, including a tragedy that struck a Packers-turned-Raiders cornerback.

That the Green Bay Packers' stock offering is going well is no surprise. The Packers, after all, are the defending Super Bowl champions and haven't lost in almost a calendar year.

Nonetheless, the response to the fifth stock sale in franchise history has been overwhelming.

Through two days, the team has sold more than 185,000 shares, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said on Thursday. When the team's most-recent stock sale began in November 1997, 120,000 shares were sold in 17 weeks. Like this year's team, those Packers were coming off a Super Bowl championship and on their way to another one.

Proceeds from the offering, approximately $43 million as of Thursday morning, will go toward the expansion of Lambeau Field, a $143 million project that includes 6,700 seats and new videoboards, and will be complete for the 2013 season.

"The Packers are tremendously appreciative of the support we've received from our fans," Murphy said. "The expansion will enhance the stadium experience for fans, increase our team's home-field advantage and ensures that Lambeau Field continues be a source of pride for fans everywhere. We're humbled by the response from our fans and their desire to help the Packers achieve long-term success."

The team made 250,000 shares available at $250 per share. The offering document and purchasing information are available online at www.packersowner.com. Credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) can be used online. For those without Internet access, a toll-free number – 855 8-GO PACK (855-846-7225) – is available to request the offering document by mail for transactions to then be completed by mail.

Packers injury report

Out: T Chad Clifton (hamstring/back); G Josh Sitton (knee). Did not participate: LB Desmond Bishop (calf); LB A.J. Hawk (calf); LB Vic So'oto (back); RB James Starks (knee/ankle). Full: CB Charles Woodson (concussion).

Coach Mike McCarthy said Hawk is "getting close" to returning but practically ruled Bishop out for a second consecutive game.

"We'll have to see what the doctor says," McCarthy said about Hawk's availability. "A.J.'s reached the point in his career that he can play without practicing tomorrow."

Starks, who aggravated an ankle injury last week, doesn't appear likely to play either after missing a second consecutive practice. Unlike Hawk, if Starks doesn't practice on Friday, he won't be allowed to play. Given the nature of the injury and his position, McCarthy figures to err on the side of caution with his top running back.

"He's just kind of banged up, we need to get him back," McCarthy said.

Woodson was cleared from his concussion.

So'oto aggravated a back injury that sidelined him earlier in the season.

Raiders injury report

Did not participate: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone); WR Jacoby Ford (foot); RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring); RB Darren McFadden (foot); WR Denarius Moore (foot). Limited: DT John Henderson (knee); DT Tommy Kelly (toe); DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring); WR Chaz Schilens (foot); DE Trevor Scott (shoulder); DT Richard Seymour (knee). Full: TE Kevin Boss (hip); S Michael Huff (ankle).

Cornerback Chris Johnson was removed from the injury report. He was absent on Wednesday after going home to Fort Worth, Texas, after learning his sister had been murdered and his mother shot in a domestic dispute.

"I know he's having a tough day, but the thing about him, he's tough," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. "He's got his brothers here to lean on. The whole team, we're going to wrap our arms around him, and take care of him, and love on him and get him to where he needs to be while he helps us attain our goal which is winning a football game."

Johnson, who had been out since Week 3 with an infection stemming from sports hernia surgery late in training camp, played extensively against Miami last week and is hoping to reclaim his starting position against Green Bay. Johnson was a seventh-round draft choice by the Packers out of Louisville in 2003.

Three top offensive players, McFadden, Moore and Ford, won't play unless they practice on Friday, Jackson said.

Four-point stance

— As usual, the Packers practiced in full pads on Thursday. Under terms of the new CBA, teams are allowed three padded practices in the final five weeks of the regular season. That leaves the Packers one padded practice for the final three weeks.

— Expect Tom Crabtree to get extended playing time with Andrew Quarless out for the season. Blocking is Crabtree's forte, and that was an area where Quarless had improved since his up-and-down rookie season.

"He's worked on it and it's something he's developed," tight ends coach Ben McAdoo said of Quarless. "It was important for him coming into this season. Obviously, it wasn't something he could work on in the offseason a whole bunch, but it was something, when we came in, we talked about it and it was probably the best way for him to get on the field was to develop into a complete tight end."

— If Aaron Rodgers throws at least two touchdown passes this week, he'll tie Peyton Manning's league record with two-plus scoring tosses in each of the first 13 games of the season. Manning set the record in 2004; Johnny Unitas, like Rodgers, threw two-plus touchdowns in 12 consecutive games in 1959.

— With Rodgers basically assured being named league MVP, Bodog.com is taking bets on who will finish second. Tom Brady is 2/3, Drew Brees 3/2, Ben Roethlisberger 5/1 and Tim Tebow 10/1.


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