Packers-Patriots game notes

Here are some notes from Green Bay's 27-3 loss to the New England Patriots Friday night at Lambeau Field:

Run defense is soft
The Packers had their moments against the Patriots, but still gave up 155 yards on the ground. Patriots running back Corey Dillion finished with 70 yards on 14 carries. Dillon played all of the first half and one series in the third quarter.

The Packers "You always want to be better in the run defense," said Packers coach Mike Sherman. "They hit us on a couple runs, I'll give you that, but I thought our guys did some good things. I watched guys get off the blocks and make some tackles. I thought we were physical at times. Were we perfect? No. We were far from that."

The Packers played without Grady Jackson, Cletidus Hunt and Corey Williams. All three have been nursing injuries and are expected to return to practice next week. Donnell Washington and James Lee started at defensive tackle. Lee finished with three tackles. Washington didn't have any tackles.

Starting nod
Adrian Klemm and Will Whitticker started at left and right guard, respectively, for the Packers. They are in contention for a starting spot with Matt O'Dwyer, Grey Ruegamer and Scott Wells.

Paris Lenon started in Na'il Diggs outside linebacker position ("SAM"). Diggs is recovering from a sprained knee.

Verdict is out on line
Sherman said he will determine the starting five on the offensive line after he reviews the tape of tonight's game. It appears that Klemm has the edge to start at left guard and rookie Will Whitticker at right guard. Both players played the entire first half and into the third quarter.

Veteran Matt O'Dwyer was scheduled to play in the fourth quarter, but Sherman held him out.

"I wanted to take a look at Whitticker," said Sherman.

Scott Wells played left guard and Atlas Herrion right guard with the second-team offense. Grey Ruegamer played center with Brad Bedell and Kevin Barry each at tackle.

The third-team line consisted of Chris White at center, Junius Coston at left guard, Ruegamer at right guard, Bedell at left tackle and Steven Morley at right tackle.

Injury report
Wide receiver Antonio Chatman was taken off the field on a stretcher with 13:18 left in the second quarter after he was hit by safety Rodney Harrison on an interception return. Chatman was attempting to tackle cornerback Asante Samuel when Harrison blocked Chatman in the back of the neck. Seven Packers were on the field, surrounding Chatman, as he was wheeled off the field.

Team doctors reported that Chatman suffered a neck sprain and has movement in his extremities, but was experiencing tingling in his arms. X-rays were negative and the doctors said that Chatman showed no effects of post-concussion syndrome. Wide receiver Javon Walker suffered a dislocated finger in the second quarter, one play after Chatman was injured. Walker returned to play in the second half.

Safety Nick Collins sustained a bruised thigh and had to be helped off the field with 1:08 left in the first half after making a tackle on running back Kevin Faulk.

Patriots release ex-Packer
New England released former Packers safety Antuan Edwards on Thursday. Edwards, Green Bay's No. 1 selection (25th overall) in 1999 NFL draft, signed with the Patriots this off-season. He spent portions of the 2004 season with the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.

Did not suit up
The following players did not suit up for the game because of injuries: safety Todd Franz (shoulder); tight ends Steve Fleming (ankle) and David Martin (groin); fullback Vonta Leach (knee); linebackers Na'il Diggs (knee) and Kurt Campbell (knee); wide receiver Terrence Murphy (knee); defensive tackles Grady Jackson (knee), Cletidus Hunt (knees) and Corey Williams (oblique).

Extra points
-- DE Michael Montgomery led the Packers with six tackles.

-- B.J. Sander, the Bishop's Charities Game MVP, punted eight times for 364 yards (45.5-yard avg.). -- Ahman Green led the Packers in rushing and receiving with 11 carries for 23 yards and three catches for 26 yards.

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