Packers-Seahawks: Player notes
Atari Bigby
Atari Bigby

Posted Jan 7, 2008


Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- QB Brett Favre was a distant runner-up Saturday in The Associated Press voting for most valuable player. New England QB Tom Brady received 49 of the 50 votes, with the other nod going to Favre, the league's only three-time MVP.

-- S Atari Bigby, who missed a team meeting and practice last week, has been disciplined by the Packers, coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday. McCarthy said he spoke with the safety but declined specify if he was fined, though, he said the discipline "will not affect his playing time."

-- OG Jason Spitz is expected to return to practice this week and should be ready to make the start at right guard in the NFC divisional playoff game against Seattle on Saturday. Spitz suffered a strained right quadriceps in the final regular-season game Dec. 30.

-- OG Daryn Colledge is penciled in to make the start at left guard, with Junius Coston on injured reserve because of a strained calf sustained in the last game. Coston and Colledge alternated playing time at left guard the final two games of the regular season.

-- CB Will Blackmon is scheduled to test his right foot today and could be cleared to resume practicing this week and play Saturday. Blackmon aggravated an injury in the foot in the last game.

-- QB Aaron Rodgers pronounced himself fit to reassume the No. 2 role behind Favre after returning to practice Friday during the team's bye week. Rodgers was deactivated as the No. 3 quarterback the last four games because of a strained hamstring.

-- FB Korey Hall also returned to practice Friday and is expected to return to game action this weekend. The rookie starter was sidelined for two games with a hip injury.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
-- WR Deion Branch did not play in Saturday's game because of a calf strain. Branch said he lobbied the coaches before the game to allow him to play but they wanted to be safe. Branch said he will be ready to play this week, only the third time this season that Branch and WR D.J. Hackett will have been together this season.

-- DT Rocky Bernard started Saturday's game, but he did not get his regular amount of playing time. Bernard, who missed the last two regular-season games with a sore groin, was substituted for more often by Craig Terrill and Howard Green.

-- CB Marcus Trufant's 78-yard interception return in the fourth quarter that sealed Seattle's victory was the longest postseason interception return in franchise history.

-- WR Bobby Engram had four receptions in Saturday's game, allowing him to set the franchise record for postseason catches with 29. Darrell Jackson had the previous record of 26.

-- OT Walter Jones started his franchise record ninth postseason game.

-- With two field goals and three extra points, PK Josh Brown added to his club record of 59 postseason points and 14 career field goals. He also tied a club record with a 50-yard field goal.



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