Packers notebook

Players comment on poor call; Favre perseveres; injury update

The Packers returned to Green Bay early Tuesday morning none too happy after squandering a nine-point lead and losing 34-24 at Seattle in a game Monday night they felt turned on one controversial play.

Green Bay had closed its deficit to 27-24 on a Dave Rayner field goal early in the fourth quarter. In turn, the defense seemingly had forced a three-and-out punt by the Seahawks.

However, an incomplete pass by Matt Hasselbeck on third down was wiped out by defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins' late hit of Hasselbeck, giving Seattle a first down. The Seahawks ran nine more plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck to Jerramy Stevens to close the scoring with 6:13 to play.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy withheld comment during his postgame news conference but not before he said in an interview with the team's radio network, "I didn't agree with the call."

Some of his players were more outspoken about the questionable penalty against Jenkins, who was cited for striking the back of Hasselbeck's helmet as the quarterback followed through on the throw. Television replay showed that Hasselbeck turned his head, which caused Jenkins to hit the helmet.

"It was a bad call," defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "(Jenkins) didn't even hit him. You know he pulled off. It was unfortunate."

Jenkins didn't speak on the call directly but voiced his displeasure with the officials' tendencies to protect the quarterbacks.

"It seems like you see guys missing sacks and letting the quarterback go in situations. It seems like people are just scared to touch the quarterback, too scared to bring the quarterback down. It's costing teams," Jenkins said. "You try to go by the rules, but it's tough."

Favre sheds off elbow injury
Quarterback Brett Favre extended his peerless starting streak to 252 games Monday despite having a bruised right elbow.

Favre made it through the entire game and didn't seem to be too hampered by the injury, which knocked him out of the previous game eight days earlier and caused him to lose feeling on the right side of his throwing hand.

"I thought the ball came off his hand accurate," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I had no communication from him that he was affected by his injury."

Favre completed 22 of 36 passes for 266 yards. Yet, he had a season-high three interceptions, all of which were on downfield throws into double coverage. Cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings picked off Favre in back-to-back series late in the fourth quarter when the Packers were trying to overcome a 34-24 deficit.

Favre had a fourth turnover when he fumbled the ball on the final play of the game.

His only touchdown pass came on a short slant that Donald Driver turned into a 48-yard gain in the opening series of the second half.

Injury update
FS Nick Collins sustained a right hamstring injury and was sidelined for the last 8 1/2 minutes of the Packers' 34-24 loss at Seattle on Monday night. Rookie Tyrone Culver replaced Collins. The extent of the injury wasn't known after the game.

-- CB Charles Woodson suffered a forearm injury in the first half but returned to finish the game. Woodson came into the game questionable because a sore shoulder and a bruised knee. He had two interceptions to gain the outright team lead with four.

-- MLB Nick Barnett didn't play Monday because of a broken right hand sustained in the previous game. It was only the second game Barnett missed in his four-year career. Rookie Abdul Hodge made his first pro start in Barnett's place and had a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the first half.

-- RT Mark Tauscher was sidelined for the second straight game because of a pulled groin. Rookie Tony Moll started again in Tauscher's absence.

-- FB Brandon Miree returned to game action after missing the previous three contests because of a hyperextended elbow. Miree didn't start but had extensive action.

-- TE David Martin was deactivated Monday, missing his first game of the season. Martin suffered a ribs injury in the previous game and didn't practice all of last week.


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