Packers-Bucs: Post-game notes

Offensive Coordinator taken to hospital prior to game

Coordinator taken to hospital Tom Rossley, Green Bay's offensive coordinator, was taken to a local hospital before the start of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rossley underwent tests for chest pains, which were negative. He returned to Lambeau Field early in the second quarter. Rossley, 59, underwent an emergency angioplasty last October after complaining of chest pains.

Coach Mike Sherman explained afterward that he noticed Rossley "looked a bit flush" while the two were reviewing third-down plays prior to the game.

"I talked to him again in my office and I said, ‘Are you OK?'" Sherman said. "He said, ‘I'm fine.' I could tell there's something wrong here. He wouldn't tell me. It took me about 10 minutes to get it out of him, and finally he told me that he was having some pains in his upper chest, shoulder area. I was aware of that the last time, so I said, ‘We're going to get you to the doc.' He went to the trainer room, and they immediately put him in an ambulance and brought him to the hospital. They ran tests and will run some more tests on him tomorrow. It certainly was a delicate situation at the time."

Sherman, as he did for most of the second half of the season last year, called the plays from the sideline against the Bucs. He said that he heard Rossley, who normally watches the game from the press box, on the headphones near the end of the second quarter. Sherman said he asked Rossley if he was cleared by the doctors to return to Lambeau Field, and Rossley said, "Yes."

"I'm glad we got him to the hospital," Sherman said. "He was being kind of stubborn about it, which is ridiculous in this day and time with all these doctors here. For him to want to stay at the game instead of seeing the doctors was ludicrous. He wanted to be at the game. He wants to be a part of it so much."

Diggs returns to lineup
Linebacker Na'il Diggs returned to the starting lineup after missing more than a month with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Diggs started at strong-side linebacker in place of Paris Lenon, who had started the first two games in place of Diggs.

Diggs finished the game with two tackles. He alternated with Lenon during the game.

"It was the first time he played and we wanted to rest him a little bit.

Did not suit up
The following players were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: cornerback Joey Thomas; linebacker Brady Poppinga; offensive linemen Junius Coston, Grey Ruegamer and Chris White; tight end Bubba Franks; and defensive tackle Donnell Washington.

Craig Nall was designated third quarterback.

Extra points
-- Paid attendance at Lambeau Field on Alumni Day was 70,518.

-- Counting all recorded consecutive-starts streaks, Brett Favre now has 208 to put him at No. 6 all-time, surpassing Gene Upshaw (207, 1967-81).

-- Ryan Longwell set the franchise record for consecutive games with a field goal at 15, breaking his previous team record of 14, a streak from 1997-98.

-- Longwell's PAT miss following the Packers' first touchdown was his first miss since the Browns blocked an attempt at Lambeau Field, Dec. 23, 2001. His 156 straight PAT conversions is a team record and was the fourth-longest active streak in the league.

-- Najeh Davenport became the 38th player in team history to gain 1,000 yards rushing in a Packers uniform. Eventual Hall of Famer Clarke Hinkle was first to hit the milestone in 1934, blazing a trail that would include fellow Canton residents Tony Canadeo, Paul Hornung and Bart Starr. Davenport entered the game with 999 career rushing yards and now has 1,004.

-- Robert Ferguson's first-quarter score was the first TD the Tampa Bay defense had allowed so far this season.

-- Ahmad Carroll's 38-yard interception is his longest career return and his second career interception.

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