With injuries to their starting offensive tackles, the Green Bay Packers bolstered their offensive line depth on Wednesday by signing guard/tackle Ray Dominguez from their practice squad. To make room, they finally put Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins on season-ending injured reserve.
Dominguez, a 6-foot-4, 334-pound rookie out of Arkansas, struggled at offensive tackle throughout training camp but performed better when given opportunities at guard. His size, strength and collegiate experience at left tackle make him an intriguing prospect.
He signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on July 28. A four-year letterman for the Razorbacks, he appeared in 41 games with 33 starts, including a streak of 18 straight starts to end his career. Dominguez started all 13 contests at left tackle as a senior for an Arkansas offense that broke 24 single-game or single-season school records. He will wear No. 73.
Collins sustained a career-threatening neck injury during the Week 2 victory at Carolina.
Rodgers nominated again
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a candidate for the FedEx Air Player of the Week. Rodgers threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday night against Atlanta. The other nominees are Kansas City's Matt Cassel (257 yards and four touchdowns against Colts) and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (228 yards and five touchdowns against Titans).
The winner is based on a fan vote, with voting conducted at NFL.com/FedEx.
Rodgers won the award last week after throwing for 408 yards and accounting for six touchdowns against Denver. He's also the NFC's reigning player of the month.
Speaking of awards ...
Mason Crosby was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career after going 4-for-4 on field goals against the Falcons, including a 56-yarder that tied his own franchise record. Plus, six of his seven kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Dating to last season, Crosby has made 16 consecutive field goals in the regular season. Chris Jacke holds the franchise record with 17 in a row.
Crosby also won in Week 1 in 2007 (game-winning field goal in his NFL debut) and Week 1 in 2010 (56-yard field goal against Philadephia).
Niners linebacker Patrick Willis won the award on defense. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson beat out Rodgers, among others, and won on offense.
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