Green Bay Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Green Bay Packers.

Never in Brett Favre's illustrious career has he failed to produce at least one game with a pass rating of at least 80.0 in the first two games of a season. In eight of his 11 seasons in Green Bay he had at least one game with a rating of 100 or more.
   Today, Favre is saddled with a mark of 57.6. He had a mark of 46.6 in the opener against Minnesota and then 75.3 Sunday against Detroit.
   "It doesn't seem like he's in his rhythm just yet," coach Mike Sherman said. "You watch him in practice and how he competes in practice, it's just a matter of time."
   Favre will be 34 in October, an age when even closer scrutiny will be paid to his performance.
   He has more interceptions (five) than he did in his first two starts in any previous year and fewer touchdown passes (three) than in all but three of those years. Sherman said his intention is always to get Favre in a rhythm early in the game by calling pass plays that are simple for him to complete.
   "We have done that and we're trying to," said offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. "We will continue, we'll get that going. He'll have a big game when it's right for him."

   --LB Na'il Diggs suffered damage to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Sunday but doesn't expect to sit out Sunday in Arizona. "I play with pain a lot," he said. "I don't notice it during the game."
   --WR Robert Ferguson probably will be questionable to doubtful for Arizona. He played Sunday against Detroit when he probably shouldn't have and aggravated his bad knee.
   --TE Wesley Walls has been bothered by a hamstring since a few days before the opener and might have to sit out a game or two. "When  you get in a game you can't hold back, but there were things that I just couldn't do," Walls said, referring to the Detroit game. "It's frustrating."
   --CB Chris Johnson, a seventh-round draft choice, made the team as the No. 4 corner. However, he banged his knee in an Aug. 18 collision with WR Donald Driver and was placed on injured reserve late last week. Now the Packers say he has torn cartilage and will need surgery. "That was very disappointing because he had so much promise," coach Mike Sherman said. "I really didn't want to do that (put him on IR) but it is something that I really didn't have a choice to do in regard to the extent of the injury. We don't feel like he would be back for this season."
   --CB Michael Hawthorne, who was waived by New Orleans Sept. 9, was signed to replace CB Chris Johnson. "He's got experience playing corner and safety and he's a good special teams player," director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie said. "He's got good speed. Not great, but good. He's a low 4.5, high 4.4."
   --WR Donald Driver (neck strain) will miss his second straight game in Arizona Sunday. Coach Mike Sherman is talking optimistically about having Driver for the Chicago game Sept. 29.
   --WR Antonio Freeman caught four of the five passes thrown to him Sunday. He might have to start Sunday if Robert Ferguson can't go. "It's like a little kid that ran away from home," Freeman said. "You come back home. It felt great."

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