Packers-Eagles: Post-game notes

Fisher starts, but Gado stars

Tony Fisher got the starting nod Sunday against Philadelphia, but Samkon Gado took over from the second series on.

Gado finished with 111 yards on 26 carries and broke loose for a 33-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Gado averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Fisher had two carries for nine yards and was mainly used in third-down and passing situations after the first series of the game.

For the most part, Gado played well, but he fumbled the ball away at midfield late in the third quarter after catching a pass from Brett Favre. It was Gado's fourth fumble in three games, though, it was the first one that was recovered by an opponent.

"I hate to evaluate a player without having access to going back to look at the tape," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "I call the play, see the beginning of the play, watch the end of the play, and then my eyes are back down onto the next play. I will do a better job of evaluating that when I watch the tape. I saw him make some plays. I thought maybe he bounced one or two outside that he should have kept inside, but I don't know what he was seeing. Until you know what he's seeing, whether it's the quarterback or the running back, you can't tell that unless you're on the field with them or you're watching the tape. So, I'll hold judgment until I watch the tape on him."

Gado's fumble was one of three that the Packers lost. The Packers also fumbled the ball away on two kickoff returns.

The Packers finished with 128 yards rushing on 30 attempts overall, or 107 yards more than they had on Monday night against Minnesota.

Whitticker benched
Right guard Will Whitticker, ineffective in recent games, was replaced by veteran Grey Ruegamer late in the second quarter. Ruegamer finished the game in place of the rookie.

Injury report
Tight end Bubba Franks was injured with 14:14 left in the second quarter. Franks was attempting to turn around to catch a pass thrown behind him by Brett Favre when he was hit hard by safety Brian Dawkins in the neck area. Franks was taken off the field on a flat board after the medical staff from both teams tended to him on the field for about 10 minutes. Franks held his left hand up, giving the victory signal, as he was carted off the field to the applause of the Philadelphia crowd. Franks had movement in all of his extremities, but had some tingling sensations. Franks was taken to a Philadelphia for further tests and will remain overnight.

"Obviously he took a pretty good hit, and any time your player is laying out on the field like he was for that length of time there is concern," Sherman said. "He had some numbness in his hand when he left here. He got back all of the other faculties that we tested him on, but there was some numbness. ... But I think he'll be okay. Any time a player gets hit like he did in this game, you dodge a bullet, and hopefully we did with him. In terms of the extent of time missed, I really can't tell you at this current time."

Defensive back Jeremy Thornburg, who was with the Eagles earlier this season, may have sustained a separated shoulder during an Eagles kickoff return in the first quarter, Sherman said.

Fullback William Henderson sustained a mild concussion while making a tackle on a kickoff return early in the third quarter, but returned to play.

Sherman said that linebacker Paris Lenon injured his shoulder and wrist but was unsure on the extent of the injury.

Extra points
-- Cullen Jenkins knocked down a pass from quarterback Mike McMahon in the first quarter. It was Jenkins' seventh knockdown of the season, tops among Green Bay's defensive linemen.

-- Scott Wells started, despite a family tragedy early this week, started at left guard for the Packers. Wells' wife, Julie, gave birth to stillborn twins Thursday. Wells missed practice Friday but returned to the team on Saturday.

-- Green Bay's defense held Philadelphia to just 91 passing yards. It was the lowest total in an Eagles win since the 47 they posted against the New York Giants on Oct. 19, 2003.

-- Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was 21-117-1 TD rushing for the Eagles' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

-- The Eagles had five takeaways (2 INTs and 3 fumbles). It was the most the Eagles have had since the five they tallied vs. St. Louis on Dec. 1, 2002.

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