Notes: Awards, injury updates, signings

It was a good week in Green Bay, with the Packers beating the Rams on "Monday Night Football" and a couple players reaping rewards Thursday.

Brett Favre didn't just start his 200th consecutive game, he started his 200th consecutive game in style. Favre's efficient night against the Rams helped him net Offensive Player of the Month honors Wednesday.

With wins in all three games in November, Favre helped guide the Packers to a tie for the NFC North lead after a miserable 1-4 start to the season.

After a bye week to start the month, Favre completed 20-of-29 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns — good for a passer rating of 133.0 — in a crucial 34-31 victory over Minnesota to obtain the first-place tie.

The next week, Favre led a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback for a 16-13 win at Houston. With most of their backfield watching from the sideline due to injuries, Favre threw the ball 50 times — completing 33 for 381 yards — and piloted three fourth-quarter scoring drives.

Favre capped the month by going 18-of-27 for 215 yards and three scores in a 45-17 romp past St. Louis.

This marked the fifth time Favre won player-of-the-month honors.

Despite two interceptions against Houston, Favre finished the month with a sterling 108.0 passer rating.

Joining the veteran Favre as a winner was rookie first-round pick Ahmad Carroll, who garnered Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Month honors by returning a fumble for a touchdown and thwarting a scoring drive with an interception against the Rams.

Carroll's award came via fan voting on


On the injury front, running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport practiced, and practiced well, on Thursday, according to offensive coordinator Tom Rossley.

After being held out of Wednesday's workout, safeties Darren Sharper (knee) and Bhawoh Jue (hip) practiced Thursday. Wide receiver Robert Ferguson (ankle), however, was held out of practice, though he's expected to participate on Friday.

Carroll, meanwhile, got the day off due to nagging soreness and tightness in his legs. He should be fine for the game, defensive backs coach Kurt Schottenheimer said, noting, "He's no different this week than he was the last five."

Also getting a day of rest to eliminated some aches and pains from Monday's game was starting tight end Bubba Franks.


Meanwhile, after a few weeks of shuffling, the Packers finally have a full complement of eight players on the practice squad.

On Wednesday, they signed wide receiver Jamal Jones, an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina A&T. Jones, 6-foot and 214 pounds, was among the Rams' final cuts.

On Thursday, they signed linebacker Nick McNeil of Western Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder also went undrafted before latching on with Pittsburgh. Like Jones, McNeil was among the final roster cuts.


Last year, then-Packers running backs coach Sylvester Croom made history by becoming the first black head football coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference by landing the gig at Mississippi State.

No such history can be made at Stanford — where Tyrone Willingham coached before leaving for his ill-fated three years at Notre Dame — but the Cardinal is seeking a head coach and Packers receivers coach Ray Sherman has been mentioned as a candidate.

"I've heard my name mentioned but I haven't talked to anybody about anything," Sherman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's very attractive. You're talking about one of the top universities in the country."

Stanford apparently has not contacted the Packers for permission to set up an interview. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the leading candidates are USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Pittsburgh head coach Walt Harris, former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel and Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins.

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