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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Bulaga back, Sherrod making it four-man battle at tackle

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Last year's injured players increase competition


GREEN BAY—A year ago at this time, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton had been moved from right tackle and left guard to left tackle and left guard. It was Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s signature strategy for improving quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ pass protection, but before the preseason even began, Bulaga was gone for the year with a knee injury and his replacement was a rookie fourth-round draft pick, David Bakhtiari.

What was seen as a dangerously weak tackle position at the start of last season, is now one of the Packers’ greatest strengths heading into the 2014 training camp. Bakhtiari turned in one of the league’s best rookie performances, Bulaga is recovered from  his knee injury, Don Barclay was the starter at right tackle in all but two games last season, and former first-round pick Derek Sherrod is sending signals he’s ready to join the competition.

“We have a lot of guys who feel like they have something to prove,” McCarthy said of players returning from injury. “A healthy football team is a good football team. History will show that.”

Bulaga has missed most of the past two seasons due to hip and knee injuries that dealt blows to a blossoming career. He had made the move to the premier left tackle position for 2013 when he was lost for the season on “Family Night.” That opened the door for Bakhtiari, who appears to have taken the job for good.

“David has established himself as a left tackle,” McCarthy said of Bakhtiari, who’s added bulk and strength for year two of his career.

So, with Bulaga back at right tackle, where does that leave Barclay?

“Donnie Barclay, to me, is a starting football player. We have to make sure we have as much competition as we can. Donnie has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line,” McCarthy said.

Sherrod is practicing at his highest level since sustaining a broken leg in his rookie season, 2011. The injury required a two-year recovery.

“Derek Sherrod looks really good. This is as strong as I’ve ever seen him. It’s the padded work he needs,” McCarthy said.

Several players used Tuesday’s OTA practice to bring attention to themselves. Running back DuJuan Harris suffered a season-ending knee injury before last season began, but he flashed some of his old quickness on Tuesday.

“DuJuan Harris looks like he’s back to full strength. He’s competing to play. History will show you never have enough good football players. DuJuan has to fight for his opportunities,” McCarthy said.

Chris Harper’s name doesn’t appear often in the competition at wide receiver, but Harper caught the coach’s eye on Tuesday.

“(He’s) really improved. He ran a great post. That’s the kind of explosiveness he has,” McCarthy said.

Undrafted free agent tight end Colt Lyerla is another player fighting for his opportunities, but he was absent from practice, which is voluntary.

“I’m fully aware of where he is and I expect him back tomorrow,” McCarthy said of Lyerla.

Defensive line might be the place of greatest opportunity.

“The biggest thing with our defensive line is rotation. The ability to play the most defensive players possible is a focus for us. Because of injury, we did not hit our target last year,” McCarthy added.

Additional coverage - June 3 OTA

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