Packers notebook

Kampman among NFL's top sack leaders; roster move; Favre adds rare record; injury update

Aaron Kampman will have an opportunity to assume sole possession of the NFL sacks lead when the Packers play at Buffalo on Sunday. Kampman and San Diego's Shawne Merriman are tied for the top spot with 8.5, but Merriman is starting a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Kampman was tabbed NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, the first such honor for the fifth-year veteran. Kampman eclipsed his previous season-high sack total of 6.5 last year with two last Sunday in the 31-14 victory over Arizona. Kampman has at least a half sack in each of the last four games.

"He's a technician," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "He has a big heart, plays with a lot of energy, and it's great to see guys like Aaron Kampman have success -- the way they prepare."

Roster move
The Green Bay Packers Thursday signed defensive tackle Scott Paxson to their eight-man practice squad and released linebacker Tim Goodwell.

Paxson, a 6-foot-4, 296-pound rookie from Penn State, originally signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the spring.

Favre record update
Brett Favre will make his 229th consecutive start in regular-season play Sunday. Once he takes the first snap, Favre will move into a tie with Bruce Matthews for third place on the league's all-time list.

Next to catch is former Minnesota Viking Mick Tingelhoff, who started 240 straight games. Jim Marshall, who also spent his entire career with the Vikings, is the record holder with 270.

Counting the playoffs, Favre has started 248 games in a row with the Packers since 1992. Favre also etched his name in another part of the team's record book last Sunday. Research done by Elias Sports Bureau discovered that Favre is the first player in franchise history to have a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 1-yard touchdown run in the same game.

Rookie total rises
With the signing of RB P.J. Pope from Chicago's practice squad on Tuesday, the Packers upped their league-high total of rookies on the 53-man roster to 17. Combined with three first-year players and 11 second-year players, all but 22 active players have less than two years of experience in the league.

Injury update
There's still no guarantee that rookie receiver Greg Jennings will be good to go Sunday. He was involved in individual drills Wednesday but was kept out of the team segments of practice because of a severely sprained ankle.

Jennings is questionable for Sunday's game.

Jennings has yet to get back on the field in a full capacity since sustaining the injury Oct. 22 at Miami. The medical staff put him through a workout before the last game, but it erred on the side of caution and didn't allow him to play.

"He's kind of working his way back," McCarthy said. "It's a little more significant injury than anticipated because he made such good progress last week. You watch it on the film, and it was uglier than you thought it was. But, he made a lot of progress last week. We're just kind of trying to get him over the last hurdle."

McCarthy is aiming to have Jennings in practice today. If his condition doesn't improve, first-year Ruvell Martin would be in line to make his second straight start opposite Donald Driver.

-- The defense could be without cornerback Charles Woodson because of a bruised knee. The Pro Bowler didn't practice Wednesday and is doubtful for Sunday.

"We're going to look to see how he feels Friday," McCarthy said. "He's just really sore." Woodson suffered the injury in the last game when he landed awkwardly after leaping to try to break up a downfield pass in the first quarter.

"It scared the hell out of me," said Woodson, who returned to the game a short time later and finished it.

McCarthy said the medical staff feared that the injury was more serious, but tests done earlier this week confirmed it to be a bruise.

Nickel back Patrick Dendy and rookies Will Blackmon and Jarrett Bush are being looked at in practice this week as the potential starting replacement for Woodson.

-- FB Brandon Miree isn't expected to play Sunday at Buffalo. He suffered a hyperextended elbow in the last game and is listed as doubtful on the injury report.

William Henderson, whom Miree supplanted in Week 4, would be back in the starting lineup Sunday.

-- DT Corey Williams aggravated a knee injury in the last game but should be ready for Sunday. Williams is probable, although he didn't practice Wednesday. Williams was coping with the injury last week as well and was kept out of the starting lineup for the first time in four games.

-- DT Cullen Jenkins is questionable for the upcoming game because of a bruised ankle, but head coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful the former starter will be cleared by the medical staff to play after missing the last two games.

-- LB Abdul Hodge, out since sustaining a serious knee injury in the Week 4 game at Philadelphia, returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. The rookie backup has an outside chance of being activated Sunday. He's questionable on the report.

-- DT Johnny Jolly came out of the last game with an ankle injury but is probable for Sunday. The rookie was held out of practice Wednesday.

Extra points
Coincidence or not, the team from one of the NFL's coldest cities delves into its favorite time of the season with the calendar turned to November. Since 2000, the Packers are 36-17 in games played Nov. 1 and later. Their .679 winning percentage ranks fourth, behind New England's .750 (39-13), Philadelphia's .698 (37-16) and Pittsburgh's .694 (37-16-1).

-- Favre has strung together four games without throwing an interception. Favre is in the midst of a three-game streak without an interception, his longest since early in the 2002 season. The only stretch during which he was mistake-free passing for four games in a row was in 1995 -- two games to end the regular season and two games in the NFC playoffs.

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