The Day After; Green Bay

News and notes on the Green Bay Packers.

Teammates of Brett Favre were still talking Monday about the fiery quarterback's pre-game speech Sunday morning before the Packers hammered the Detroit Lions, 31-6, at Lambeau Field.
   "We never hear Brett," wide receiver Robert Ferguson said. "He's a silent leader. He leads with action. When he speaks, everyone listens. It pumped everyone up: defense, offense, special teams, the coaches."
   Favre downplayed his talk but did admit that he had never provided this kind of verbal motivation for a team in his 13 NFL seasons.
   "Never like today," he said sheepishly. "Don't put me on the spot now, saying, 'Favre can take it to a new level if he talked more.' This was just one time."
   His message was mostly about not blowing the season before it started. A defeat would have sent the Packers reeling at 0-2 at home and 0-2 against the division.
   "Talk is cheap to me," Favre said. "I firmly believe the team doesn't need that every week because I'm not going to do it. If other guys want to talk, fine. What matters are wins and losses. I hope the guys know that."
   --CB Michael Hawthorne, who was waived this month by New Orleans, was added to the roster. He replaces cornerback Chris Johnson, who went on injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury. Hawthorne, 26, started six of 28 games for the Saints in the last three years.
   --WR Robert Ferguson aggravated his week-old knee injury against Detroit in the second half. His status will be determined at mid-week.
   --LB Na'il Diggs suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. "We don't think it's serious," coach Mike Sherman said Monday. "He'll be listed as probable pending results of his MRI."
   --TE Wesley Walls left the Detroit game when he aggravated his bad hamstring. Coach Mike Sherman said it was possible the Packers might have to sit him down for a week to heal it.
   --FB Nick Luchey pulled a calf muscle in practice last Thursday and was inactive Sunday. His status remained up in the air. William Henderson took all the snaps in Luchey's absence and had a strong game as a blocker.
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we just came out to play together today. Everybody took the field as one. Last week was kind of a wake-up call for us." -- LB Na'il Diggs.

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