Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Rodgers names NFC Player of the WeekWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named today as the NFC’s Offensive Player-of-the-Week. The seventh-year pro completed 27-of-35 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ season-opening victory over New Orleans last Thursday night.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named today as the NFC’s Offensive Player-of-the-Week. The seventh-year pro completed 27-of-35 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ season-opening victory over New Orleans last Thursday night.
Rodgers became just the second player in the NFL history to toss three TD passes in the first quarter of a season opener. The late Jack Kemp did it for Buffalo in 1964.
The Green Bay Packers are starting to practice today for their Sunday contest at Carolina. Among other things, defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been working on a plan to keep Panthers’ rookie quarterback Cam Newton in check. The top overall draft choice from Auburn had a passer rating of 110.4 last week, when he threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns in a loss at Arizona. Fox TV commentator and former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington said this week will be tougher for Newton – and the Heisman Trophy needs to get used to facing tougher competition every week. The Packers had the second-stingiest scoring defense in the NFL last season, while allowing the fifth-fewest total yards.
As the NBA lockout has no sign of ending, Milwaukee Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut is planning to hook up with a pro team in his home country of Australia. Bogut has spent much of his off-season back home – and until now, he held up searching for someone else to play for. Yesterday, the 7-foot Bogut talked with the Sydney Kings of the Australian pro league – and he told a newspaper there’s a “huge chance” he’ll sign with that team. He said he would speak with two other teams before deciding who to join. The team that signs Bogut must pay a half-million-dollar insurance bill to cover his NBA contract. It does not appear that the NBA owners’ lockout will end any time soon, after both sides failed to make progress yesterday on a new salary structure.