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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    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.


  • 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.



Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


House eases back into competition

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Rookie cornerback Davon House really wanted to cut it loose in Tuesday’s practice, and it’s hard to fault him.

House was instructed by the coaching staff, though, to be careful on his first day back from a hamstring injury, and by all accounts he came through fine.

“I tried not to go full-throttle, but a couple of times the coaches told me to slow down a little bit,” House said. “It feels good to be back.”

The fourth-round draft pick from New Mexico State had made a strong early impression during the first week of training camp, only to pull his hamstring just before “Family Night.” He returned on Tuesday following a two-and-a-half-week absence and immediately resumed battling for the fourth cornerback spot behind the Packers’ top three of Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields.

House took snaps with both the scout team and regular defenses during practice inside the Don Hutson Center and, provided he has no setbacks with the hamstring this week, he’ll get his first preseason game action on Friday night in Indianapolis.

“(I need to) start making plays and, hopefully, I can get back in the position I was in before I got hurt,” House said. “It feels like I still need to get that one game underneath my belt, and this upcoming weekend is going to be the day.”

Considering he missed “Family Night” and the first two preseason games, House’s anxiety is understandable, but he needs to watch himself. At this point, staying healthy takes precedence over straining to make a splash play or two.

“The most important thing for Davon is to be out there every day, and if you’re not out there every day, you just get further and further behind,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “It was great to see him out there. I thought he moved well. He just needs reps. He needs to play.”

With two preseason games to go, the competition amongst young players fighting for roster spots remains fierce, and McCarthy reiterated that a lot of those battles are going to come down to which players can contribute on special teams.

Several positions have multiple players in the early stages of their careers vying for roster spots, including receiver (Chastin West, Tori Gurley, Brett Swain and others), outside linebacker (Vic So’oto, Jamari Lattimore), tight end (Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams, Spencer Havner) and defensive back (Josh Gordy, Pat Lee, Brandon Underwood).

“That’s your vehicle onto the team, special teams, for sure,” said West, echoing a phrase all the young players have heard from McCarthy more than once. West is coming off a five-catch, 134-yard outing last Friday against Arizona, but like any player who’s not a starter, he has to prove he’s not one-dimensional.

“It’s all about your value,” McCarthy said. “Everybody has to try to increase their value with every opportunity they have. From that, it’s our responsibility to make tough decisions.”

The heat of competition showed itself momentarily during Tuesday’s workout, when after one particular snap a pair of second-year offensive linemen, Nick McDonald and Marshall Newhouse, got into a little shouting and shoving match after the whistle.

It’s unusual to see players in the same position group get after each other like that, but everyone involved insisted afterward it wasn’t a big deal.

“I grew up with two brothers, we fought all the time, we love each other, that’s how me and Marshall’s relationship is,” McDonald said. “We came in together last year. There’s no hard feelings. We got over it.”

Offensive line coach James Campen immediately pulled the two players to the sideline to talk things over and get cooler heads to prevail.

“He’s like the dad, taking the two kids aside and talking it out,” McDonald said of Campen. “Everything’s fine.”

Other notes from Tuesday:

  • Pleased with Monday’s practice, McCarthy said he was hoping to “stack two in a row” but was disappointed in the number of penalties on Tuesday. Most of the infractions appeared to occur on offense and special teams.

  • Linebacker K.C. Asiodu (chest) and center Sampson Genus (turf toe) were added to the injury list, while Havner and rookie first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod joined House in returning to practice.

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