Packers notebook

Green added to Fan Fest list; Super Bowl L in Green Bay? Field gets makeover

Here's a strong sign that running back Ahman Green will re-sign with the team, perhaps before he would reach the open market as an unrestricted free agent:

Green, on Feb. 14, was added to the players' appearance list for the third annual Packers Fan Fest, which will be March 9 and 10 at Lambeau Field. Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman and middle linebacker Nick Barnett are the other marquee players who are committed for the sold-out event.

Head coach Mike McCarthy was vague in a recent interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the team's intentions of bringing back Green, who needs only 46 yards to become Green Bay's all-time rushing leader.

"I hope he's here," McCarthy said. "Shoot, I don't know. Contract negotiations, I don't participate in, and I just get an update once in a while. I couldn't tell you one way or the other."

Super Bowl in Green Bay?
An interesting would-be revelation was published by the Journal Sentinel on Feb. 12. During a TV show in Milwaukee, attorney Matt Flynn raised eyebrows with an announcement of, "We should all be very proud that the NFL has approached the Green Bay Packers to host Super Bowl L (50) in Green Bay."

Bob Harlan, the team's chairman and chief executive officer, quickly dismissed the notion, which is preposterous given that the league has never held the Super Bowl outside in a cold-weather city.

"No, we have not been (approached)," Harlan told the newspaper. "The Super Bowl has been in Minneapolis and Detroit, but both of those have been in domed stadiums. The huge problems here would be the weather, which would be unbelievable, obviously, and your (lack of) hotel space.

"When cities make presentations to us at league meetings, they brag about their airports and where you can park your yacht. We could show them the Fox River, but I don't think it would do the same thing for them."

Field makeover in progress
Meanwhile, the famed "Frozen Tundra" at Lambeau Field is anything but a playing surface these days. Crews have completely ripped up the ground inside the stadium, making it more suitable for a monster-truck pull. The first phase of refurbishing the field this off-season includes installing a new drainage and heating system.

In turn, a new hybrid surface of natural grass and artificial fibers will be laid in the spring and summer and be ready for the start of the preseason.

Medical watch
Quarterback Brett Favre reportedly in the next few weeks will finally undergo surgery on his left ankle that he's put off for more than five years. The procedure will remove calcium deposits, which caused Favre to play in tolerable pain the last few seasons. The recovery time won't be long, so Favre probably will be ready for the team's mandatory minicamp, May 18 to 20.

Favre's backup, Aaron Rodgers, should be good for the start of head coach Mike McCarthy's quarterback school March 19, which coincides with the team's off-season workout program. Rodgers suffered a broken left foot in relief of an injured Favre against New England on Nov. 19.

Quote to note
"We've got a lot of momentum with the way we ended the season. There's a lot of enthusiasm. Coach (Mike) McCarthy sent out a couple of letters to the team; I love everything he's saying. I think guys, they're excited about it. ... I think we are close. We're definitely going to try to carry this into the off-season and then into the preseason."
-- Defensive end Aaron Kampman, fresh off playing in his first Pro Bowl, speaking on the direction of the team during a Feb. 15 interview with WDUZ radio of Green Bay

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