Green keeping fingers sticky

GREEN BAY – Running back Ahman Green is quickly ditching his reputation as a fumbler.<p> And that's about the only thing he has dropped this season.<p> The Seattle Seahawks traded Green to the Packers last year because the 24-year-old was perceived to have a problem hanging on to the ball. He lost six fumbles last season with the Packers, but has lost five this year, and only two in the last seven games.<p>

"He has done a very good job of covering up the ball in traffic," said Packers head coach Mike Sherman. "I'd like to say we found some magic formula to get him to do it, but he has done it on his own."

Green last lost a fumble on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions. He also scored two touchdowns in Green Bay's 29-27 win. He has not lost the ball in the past four games, when he has carried 76 times and caught 14 passes.

In last Sunday's 30-7 win against the Cleveland Browns, on an icy, snow-slick Lambeau Field, Green rushed for 150 yards on 21 carries and caught three passes for 18 yards without coming close to losing the ball.

His ability to keep his fingers sticky will play a big part in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau.

Green leads the NFC in rushing with 1,255 yards on 265 carries. He also has leads the conference in total yards for scrimmage, with 1,813 (1,255 rush, 558 pass). In the past seven games he has made 162 touches and lost two fumbles.

He didn't start the season right by fumbling in the season opener against the Lions at Lambeau Field. But he made up for the miscue by scoring touchdowns on runs of 39 and 83 yards in Green Bay's 28-6 win.

"He struggled early in the season, but he has improved as we have gone," Sherman said. "He's still a young football player, and he's still feeling his way as a runner."

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