WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Jones out for Packers as well
GREEN BAY - Brad Jones will join fellow Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews on the sideline Sunday, when Green Bay plays the Ravens in Baltimore.
Coach Mike McCarthy said today that Jones will not be ready to return for the game against the defending Super Bowl champions. McCarthy said Matthews would be out for "multiple" weeks amid reports he'd be out for a month with the thumb he broke last Sunday against Detroit. The coach said Matthews would play this week if he could make the decision -- and when he does return, he'll most likely wear a protective cast. Running back James Starks is also being ruled out for the Ravens' game with a bad knee. Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten is still out with a foot injury. Also today, linebacker Andy Mulumba did not practice. McCarthy said Mulumba had some swelling from an ankle injury against the Lions. The coach also said corner Casey Hayward is getting better, after returning to practice a week ago following a nasty hamstring injury. His chances of making his season debut against the Ravens could be determined tomorrow.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby has been named the NFC Special Teams' Player-of-the-Week. Crosby tied a Packer record last Sunday with a career-high five field goals in the win over Detroit. He did not have a miss, and his longest was from 52 yards out. After he struggled a year ago, Crosby now leads the NFC with the most field goals made with out a miss -- 9-for-9 in his first five games. He has made 13 straight in the regular season, dating back to last year. Crosby received the weekly NFC special teams' honors for the fifth time in his career -- tying him with Ryan Longwell in that department.
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he's not concerned about the team's scoring production in the red-zone -- but he wants the offense to run better in those situations. On his weekly ESPN-Milwaukee radio show, Rodgers commented on the Packers' eighth-place showing in the NFL in red-zone offense. They've scored touchdowns almost two-thirds of the time this season. Rodgers says the Packers expect to get six in the red-zone every time. In their first five games, Green Bay has scored 72 red zone points -- nine TD's and three field goals. Rodgers says the statistic can be a little skewed, because a team is counted for not scoring in the red zone if they're there when time expires. He said it happened to the Packers a couple times this year. The Packers are starting to practice for their Sunday contest at Baltimore. The Ravens are 3-2, while the Pack is at 2-2 following their 13-point home win over Detroit last weekend.
The Milwaukee Bucks heard good news today about starting forward Ersan Ilyasova. More tests were performed on the right ankle that Ilyasova injured last night in a collision with C-J Miles during the Bucks' 12-point exhibition loss at Cleveland. Ilyasova did not break anything, but there's still not a timetable yet for his possible return. The Bucks held another practice in Cleveland today before flying to South Dakota, where they'll play the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night in an exhibition in Sioux Falls. It will be a homecoming for Bucks' rookie guard Nate Wolters. He played his college ball at nearby South Dakota State.
UW-Platteville quarterback John Kelly has made the national Division III Team-of-the-Week from D3football.com -- and so have Ricky Marteney of Stout and Clint Larsen of Eau Claire. Kelly, a senior, threw for 442 yards and seven touchdowns as eighth-ranked Platteville beat Eau Claire last Saturday. Kelly completed 32-of-39 passes, and did not throw an interception. Also in that game, Larsen -- a sophomore -- returned a kickoff 98 yards for an Eau Claire touchdown. That was the longest in school history, and the first Blugold kickoff return for a score since November of 1987. Marteney kicked a career-high four field goals in as many attempts for Stout in a two-point loss to No. 9 Oshkosh. Marteney booted a career-high 44-yarder in that game.
The UW-Green Bay men's soccer team handed UW-Milwaukee its first loss of the season, as the Phoenix scored a 2-1 victory in double-overtime on the Panthers' home field. Sam Krenzien scored the game-winner in the 106th minute to improve Green Bay's record to 1-0-1 in the Horizon League and 6-2-3 overall. Milwaukee out-shot the Phoenix 27-to-14. But it wasn't enough for the Panthers as they fell to 9-1-1 overall, and 2-1 in conference play.
The Marquette University volleyball team is now 11-4 overall, after sweeping Horizon League challenger Loyola of Chicago in three sets at home. Golden Eagles' freshman Autumn Bailey had 12 kills. Elizabeth Koberstein had 45 assists, and Lindsey Gosh had 21 digs. Loyola was led by Kathleen Vogel with eight kills. The Ramblers dropped to 8-10.
University of Wisconsin swimmers have received two of the Big Ten's first weekly honors for the new season. Junior Ivy Martin was named the league's female swimmer-of-the-week, and Brett Pinfold received the men's award as freshman-of-the-week. Martin won the 50-and-100-yard freestyle events for the Badgers in a dual meet against top-ranked Georgia. She also helped two relay teams to victory in the 200-freestyle and 400-medley. Pinfold earned a half-dozen top-three finishes in his Badgers' debut. He won the 50-and-200 freestyles, and helped Wisconsin place first in the 400-medley relay.