Middle linebacker Nick Barnett learned Wednesday that he will be charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for his alleged altercation at an establishment in Appleton, Wis., in June. Special prosecutor Ray Pelrine said he would file the formal complaint in Outagamie County Circuit Court in Appleton, probably within the next three weeks.
Barnett faces a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a $1,000 fine for each charge if he's convicted.
Barnett addressed reporters in the locker room after practice Wednesday, vowing that he won't let his legal situation become a distraction going forward this season.
"I wouldn't do my family justice -- when I talk about family, here in this locker room -- if I was to sit and focus about something that was other than football," Barnett said. "I've got to sit here and focus on what's important, and that's playing football right now and do that. I really hate talking about it, taking attention away from what we've been doing good as a football team.
"I'm focusing on playing football and try to keep this thing going in the right direction."
Barnett is accused in two separate incidents of pushing or shoving a woman at the Appleton night club, Wet, in the late evening of June 16 and early morning of June 17. He was arrested and jailed before posting bond later that morning.
The Packers public relations staff issued a statement Wednesday: "We are aware of today's announcement by Door County (Wis.) District Attorney Ray Pelrine of the pending complaint against Nick Barnett. This matter now is in the hands of the legal system. Out of respect for that process, the Packers will not have anything further to say at this time."
Head coach Mike McCarthy had little to offer later in the day when asked about the pending charges against Barnett.
"We'll stand by that (team) statement. That's still a legal process. It's really too early for me to even comment on that," McCarthy said.
The charges probably don't warrant a league-imposed suspension for Barnett, but he faces possible fines from the league.
"Due to the legal system, we kind of have to wait it out to see what happens," Barnett said.
Vernand Morency is iffy to be available for Sunday's game at the New York Giants. He was limited in practice Wednesday, and head coach Mike McCarthy said Morency must get over "the final hurdle" of responding to any work he gets in practice without experiencing soreness in his right knee the following day. Morency suffered a strained patellar tendon in the knee on the first day of training camp and has yet to get any game action this summer. If Morency is deemed ready for Sunday, he would be confined to a situational role. Rookie Brandon Jackson would remain the starting halfback.
-- WR Greg Jennings was limited Wednesday but is eyeing a return to the starting lineup Sunday after being held out of the opener because of a pulled hamstring. A determination on Jennings' status won't be made until the weekend. Rookie James Jones made the initial start alongside Donald Driver.
-- Jason Spitz was out Wednesday after aggravating a strained calf in Sunday's opener. Junius Coston is being prepared to make his first pro start if Spitz doesn't respond to treatment by the end of the week.
-- CB Al Harris isn't anticipating missing any games after suffering a sprained right elbow as a blocker on a punt return in the opener. Harris practiced Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis, wearing a protective arm brace. The brace might be scrapped on game day.
Crosby gets NFC weekly honor
Rookie kicker Mason Crosby was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Crosby, making his NFL debut, was successful on all three field goal attempts, including the game-winner from 42 yards out with two seconds remaining to lead the Packers to a 16-13 win over Philadelphia. The kick was the first game-winner by a rookie on Kickoff Weekend since 1979 (Matt Bahr).
A sixth-round pick out of Colorado (No. 193), Crosby began his NFL career with a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter, one-yard shy of the franchise record (54).
Crosby is the first player in NFL history to kick a 50-yard field goal and a game-winning field goal with under a minute remaining in his NFL debut.
Crosby is the first rookie kicker to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Kickoff Weekend