Packers coach Mike Sherman was put off by the actions of one of his players and had "a very long discussion" with him this week. Plus, get Packer personnel notes as Green Bay prepares for its second matchup of the season with the Vikings.
As promised, coach Mike Sherman met with CB Ahmad Carroll
on Wednesday, which Sherman characterized as "a very long discussion" regarding the second-year starter's actions toward the end of Sunday's victory at Atlanta.
Carroll followed up a strip of the football from Falcons WR Roddy White
by staring down the players and the coaches on the Atlanta sideline while LB Nick Barnett
ran with the ball.
Sherman wasn't aware of what could have been construed as taunting by Carroll until he watched the tape of the game Monday. Carroll wasn't penalized on the play.
The players had Monday and Tuesday off, so Sherman had to put off rebuking Carroll until Wednesday.
"There's no place for a play like that, absolutely none. Absolutely, positively no reason for that," Sherman said. "He represents me, this organization, his teammates. He won't do it again. I give you my word, he won't do it again."
Carroll, who will remain in the starting lineup, said the reprimand from Sherman extended no further than being scolded. The second-year pro acknowledged that he deserved it.
"It's punishment enough to have my team mad at me and my coaches mad at me," Carroll said.
Though there's a chance RB Tony Fisher will play Monday, rookie Samkon Gado will remain the starter for the game Monday against Minnesota.
Gado parlayed a 25-carry, 103-yard, three-touchdown performance in his first pro start last Sunday into NFC offensive player of the week, which was announced Wednesday.
Fisher has missed the last two games because of a broken rib. He returned to practice Thursday, though on a limited basis. He's listed as questionable on the injury report, and his status for Monday won't be determined until the end of the week.
If Fisher is cleared to play, the coaches are inclined to let him handle the third-down duties at which he's excelled. Fisher gained only 51 yards on 17 carries in his only start of the season Oct. 30 at Cincinnati, the last game in which he's played.
Starting WR Robert Ferguson and backup TE David Martin also are questionable to return to action Monday.
The passing game has been scaled back in the wake of both players being out the last three games. Ferguson has a torn lateral-collateral ligament in his left knee, while Martin is nursing a strained groin.
With the next game not until Monday, Sherman canceled practice Wednesday and instead put the players through an extended walkthrough.
He cited ongoing injury concerns involving players such as Ferguson, Fisher and Martin as a reason to give the team an extra day of rest before it resumes practice Thursday.
"I think it will help us be fresher down the road," Sherman said.
P B.J. Sander received another vote of confidence from K Ryan Longwell and will remain the holder on kicks. Sander mishandled a snap Sunday that aborted a field-goal attempt, the second time that's happened this season. Longwell also has uncharacteristically misfired on four field-goal attempts and an extra-point try. Longwell shrugged off the latest blunder and drilled field goals of 53 and 51 yards to complete a season-best, 4-for-4 performance in the victory Sunday. "B.J. has done a great job of coming along," Longwell said. "There's really been no consideration (for a change). I would think I would have a say in it if we were going to make the switch. We haven't even discussed it."
OLB Robert Thomas is coping with a strained quadriceps, suffered in the second half of the last game, and is questionable to play Monday.
OLB Na'il Diggs isn't assured of getting his starting job back at the strong-side spot Monday, though the likelihood would increase if Robert Thomas (quadriceps) can't play. Diggs played extensively off the bench Sunday, his first game in six weeks after he sustained his second torn medial collateral ligament of the season. Paris Lenon has started in place of Diggs the last four games but would be the top candidate to slide over to the weak side to replace Thomas.
DT Corey Williams is likely to be out a second straight game because of a torn right calf. The backup is on the injury report as doubtful.
MLB Nick Barnett was credited with 11 tackles in Sunday's game after the coaching staff reviewed film, bumping his team-leading total to 120. Barnett needs only 61 tackles in the last seven games to shatter LB Mike Douglass' single-season club record, set in 1981. Barnett has recorded double-digit tackles in all but two games this season.