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    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • 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.

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    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.

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Get in and get out healthy

Posted Aug 27, 2012

For the players at the top of the roster, Thursday’s preseason finale will mean very little, a few snaps at most.

For those at the bottom, it could mean a whole lot, as in their future.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday he’s inclined to follow the playing-time format he has employed in past preseason finales, meaning the starters on offense and defense will play probably one or two series at most.

He then summed up his message to the rest of the players who are fighting for a job, whether it be on the 53-man roster, on the practice squad, or in another city.

“This is it, and everybody’s watching, not just the Green Bay Packers,” McCarthy said. “Everybody understands how important this last game is, and you want to have good film every time you go out on the field, that’s practice and game alike.”

The games always mean the most, of course, because the competition is unfamiliar and the film is available to the entire league. The Packers have staged competitive roster battles at various positions throughout training camp, and decision time is near.

On the defensive line, for example, 2011 seventh-round pick Lawrence Guy and veterans Daniel Muir and Phillip Merling could be competing for one roster spot. Jarius Wynn was released on Monday in the cutdown to 75 players.

“Hopefully some guys make some hard decisions for people upstairs,” nose tackle B.J. Raji said.

Another unanswered question is whether the Packers will keep a sixth receiver on the roster, and if they do, will it be Tori Gurley (pictured), Diondre Borel, who are practice-squad holdovers from a year ago, or will a newcomer like Jarrett Boykin pull an upset?

“This is an opportunity to do something great, so I’m just going to leave it all on the field,” Gurley said.

“You see guys around you start dropping like flies, but that’s part of the business. All we can do is continue to work.”

That work continued Monday at Ray Nitschke Field with starters on both sides of the ball taking scout team snaps, another indication of the very limited action they’ll get on Thursday.

Before his weekly briefing with reporters was abruptly ended by a shaving-cream pie to the face courtesy of fullback John Kuhn, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said running the scout team took him “back to the old days.” He even celebrated a completion to outside linebacker Erik Walden – who was masquerading as a tight end at the injury-thinned position – with a leaping, backside bump.

Meanwhile, Raji called the scout team work “different” but classified it as “being a good teammate.”

“You’re giving the guys a look that are going to get the majority of these snaps and give them the best chance to go out and make somebody’s team,” he said.

The 75-man roster will have to be reduced to 53 by Friday night. In getting to 75 on Monday, the Packers released fullback Jon Hoese, in addition to Wynn, placed six players (including LB Desmond Bishop) on injured reserve, and assigned two (TE Andrew Quarless and LB Frank Zombo) to the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which keeps them inactive for a minimum of the first six weeks of the regular season.

McCarthy noted that just getting down to 75 players wasn’t easy, and it won’t get any easier later this week.

“This is the worst time of year for any head coach,” he said. “I know it is for me personally.”

For the players, it simply depends on where they stand.

“A lot of jobs are up for grabs with those guys,” Rodgers said of the bottom half of the roster. “For the ones, we want to get in, get out and not have anybody go down.”

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