STATE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Wallace placed on injured reserve; Flynn signed as Tolzien's backup
Seneca Wallace is out for the season, and his short tenure in Green Bay could be over. The Packers placed the 33-year-old quarterback on injured reserve yesterday, to make room on the roster for Matt Flynn. Flynn was signed on Monday as a backup to Scott Tolzien, who will start Sunday's Packer game against the Giants at New York. The Packers will start practicing for that contest today. Wallace relieved Aaron Rodgers in the November fourth home loss to Chicago. Last Sunday, Wallace injured a groin on the first series, and Tolzien replaced him as the Packers lost at home to Philadelphia. Wallace completed 16-of-24 passes for 139 yards and an interception. The Packers signed him at the end of training camp, after cutting backups Graham Harrell and B-J Coleman. Media reports say Wallace will end up making about 660-thousand dollars for the season, as his base salary dropped because of his injured reserve status. With a veteran's exemption, the Packers will reportedly take a salary cut hit of around 430-thousand dollars.
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers say he never gives up on the idea of playing the next game -- even after he broke his left collarbone nine days ago. On his ESPN-Milwaukee radio show, Rodgers said he'd love to return for Sunday's Packer game against the Giants at New York -- but it remains to be seen if that's realistic. Coach Mike McCarthy has named Scott Tolzien as his starter against the Giants. The Packers are starting to practice for that contest today. Rodgers says he's doing all he can to get back on the field including quote, "not trying to do anything too stupid to aggravate" the collarbone. He said he takes solace in small victories during his recovery -- like sleeping all night, which he just recently did for the first time since his injury. He also cites putting on his own T-shirt, and putting his own socks on. Rodgers said yesterday was the best he had felt since going down November fourth on a sack in Green Bay's first series of its Monday Night loss to Chicago.
Wisconsin ran the ball down Indiana's collective throat in their last two games. And Hoosiers' defensive coordinator expects more of the same when they play the Badgers on Saturday in Madison. Last year, Wisconsin ran for a school-record 564 yards on 64 carries, as they crushed Indiana 62-to-14 in Bloomington. The year before, the Badgers ran it 42 times for 332 yards in a 59-to-7 pounding. Doug Mallory was promoted to defensive coordinator this season for Indiana, after sharing the title the previous two years. He says he'll have his hands full trying to get his defense to contain Wisconsin rushers Melvin Gordon and James White. The 17th-ranked Badgers have the 10th-best rushing offense in the nation this year with 281 yards a game and 28 touchdowns on the ground. Indiana has 108th-best rushing defense, giving up 217 yards per game and 24 T-D's. The Hoosiers have given up almost 900 yards on the ground in its last four games. Indiana is 2-and-3 in the Big Ten, and 4-and-5 overall. Wisconsin will come in at 7-and-2 overall, and 4-and-1 in conference play.