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Hawk Tackles Criticism

LB A.J. Hawk (Matt Sullivan/Getty)

Getting ample playing time against the punchless Browns, A.J. Hawk had a big day with a season-high eight tackles, including three tackles for losses. For this Sunday, at least, the fifth overall pick in 2006 played with a vengeance.

Stories of A.J. Hawk's demise have been greatly exaggerated. After Hawk played only about 30 snaps the last two games, questioners asked Hawk this week whether he was unhappy with his role. Whether he'd consider accepting a pay cut to stay in Green Bay next season. Whether he thought he might be playing elsewhere next season. "That's just the way this thing goes," defensive coordinator Dom...

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