Driver 'All Right' With Playing Time
WR Donald Driver (Jeff Hanisch/USP)
WR Donald Driver (Jeff Hanisch/USP)
Posted Sep 9, 2012

In the season-opening loss to the 49ers, Donald Driver didn't get into the game until Greg Jennings exited with 1:50 to play.

Donald Driver, the franchise’s career leader in receptions and receiving yards, got a first-hand look at the Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 loss to San Francisco.

The Packers ran 61 offensive snaps on Sunday. Driver was on the sideline for the first 58 of them, getting on the field to applause with 1:50 remaining for the final three plays after Greg Jennings asked out of the game during the final ill-fated sequence.

“That’s the whole thing. I’m disappointed we lost the game,” Driver said in comments shared by’s Jason Wilde. “I’m fine with everything else.”

For the bulk of the game, the Packers used just a few personnel groups. They ran a lot of three-receiver, one-tight-end sets, with Jennings, Jordy Nelson and James Jones joined by Jermichael Finley. With the running game spinning its wheels and the Packers trailing by two scores, they spent much of the second half with four receivers – Jennings, Nelson, Jones and Randall Cobb – and Finley at tight end.

Still, Driver, even coming off an excellent training camp, watched and waited on the sideline alongside other players in the substitution pattern, such as tight end Tom Crabtree and fullback John Kuhn.

During the week leading to the game, Driver said he was given no indication he wouldn’t be in the game plan. And he doesn’t know if Sunday’s game is a sign of things to come for the 37-year-old veteran and fan favorite who agreed to a restructured contract to play this season.

“I don’t know,” Driver said, adding after a pause: “I’m all right.”

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