Fisher to start against Bears

Running back irked over 'negative' article

Tony Fisher will start at tailback for the Green Bay Packers Sunday against the Chicago Bears with rookie Noah Herron as his backup, coach Mike Sherman said today.

The Packers lost rookie standout Samkon Gado to a season-ending knee injury on Monday night in their 48-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fisher and Herron, signed off Pittsburgh's practice squad last month, are the only two healthy running backs on Green Bay's roster. Fullback William Henderson took reps in practice at tailback just in case Fisher or Herron is injured.

The Packers have placed five running backs this season on injured reserve. Gado is expected to soon be placed on the season-ending list with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Herron tooks reps with the first-team at running back in practice on Thursday, but Fisher ran with the first team Friday. Fisher started his only game this season Oct. 30 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished with 51 yards rushing on 17 carries but sustained a rib injury that caused him to miss the next two games. When Gado secured the starting role with an impressive performance against Atlanta on Nov. 13, Fisher reverted to his third-down role.

"He is obviously going to work on third down," Sherman said. "The other back (Noah Herron) is going to play. I made that decision earlier in the week. Fisher didn't do anything to disappoint me, so he'll be the starter."

Herron carried the ball 8 times and gained 27 yards Monday night against Baltimore. Fisher enters Sunday's game with 135 yards on 47 carries for a 2.9-yard average.

Fisher is thankful for the opportunity to start, but made it clear to reporters today that he is upset that a story which appeared in a Green Bay newspaper today and was ‘taken out of context.' Fisher was interviewed Thursday by a reporter who wrote that the running back was not happy about being pigeonholed as a third-down back. At the time of the interview, it appeared that Fisher would not start against the Bears.

"In the one game that I did start (at Cincinnati on Oct. 30), I thought I was productive," Fisher told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "When I've had my opportunities, I've been able to be productive. My running stats don't always speak for that because of the situations that I get the ball in when I am allowed to run the ball. That doesn't mean I can't run the ball. I don't know what's going on here."

Fisher is scheduled to because an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Press-Gazette article said if Fisher doesn't feel like he'll be anything more than a third-down back with the Packers, he'll probably look to sign with another team.

Fisher was upset with the way the article made him appear as a malcontent. He met with Sherman to clear the air before practice today.

"They hear one thing and they want to take it out of context," Fisher insisted. "I'm not ranting and raving. I've never been that way. I'm not one to go about ranting and raving about my role, because I accept my role. That's what I do to help this team win. The way that article came out and everything, that's totally negative. That article was taken out of context. That's not the type of person that I am."

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