A lot of buzz about the trades of the past 24 hours, one that unfortunately for the majority of fans it seems, didn't involve the Packers, and the other that involved Green Bay's biggest rival. Marshawn Lynch, showcased as trade bait in Lambeau two weeks ago when he gained 64 yards on 17 carries, was finally traded Tuesday, flying right over Green Bay on the way to Seattle for a 4th round pick next year and a conditional 6th rounder in 2012. That it was Ted Thompson's protoge, first year Seahawks GM John Schneider who pulled the tigger, makes the trade even more interesting. Today, the Vikes sent New England a third round pick next April to bring Randy Moss back. The team's top pick 13 years ago is instantly Brett Favre's go to guy. Favre pleaded with the Packers to sign Moss three years ago when he left Oakland but again, Thompson ultimately passed. This reluctance to let go future draft choices or current players to cover perceived weaknesses is driving Packers fans to the edge but Mike McCarthy declared today, "It's obvious we're staying the course. Our only focus is on getting ready to win a game Sunday."
That may get increasingly difficult for 8 players did not participate in practice today, not counting rookie safety Morgan Burnett who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Most concerning is linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar. Chillar has already been pegged doubtful for the Redskins game by McCarthy because of a shoulder injury. Barnett sprained his wrist against the Lions but returned to the game. It's still not feeling much better and there's concern it could be more serious. Barnett will be seeking a second opinion on the injury Friday. Both tackles, Chad Clifton (a regular day off) and Mark Tauscher with a sore shoulder, didn't work. Nor did Charles Woodson with his chronic sore toe, Sam Shields with a calf injury, Quinn Johnson with a sore glute muscle and Nick Collins with a sore knee. As it looks right now, the tackles should be fine, but the linebacking corps on Sunday in Washington could include Desmond Bishop on the inside with either Derrick Martin or Charlie Peprah starting for Burnett at safety. Jarrett Bush took practice reps at safety today for the first time since the 2009 training camp.
Aaron Rodgers has been elected the Packers new player representative for the National Football League Players Association. He was formally introduced at a labor rally organized by the NFLPA and local unions at a restaraunt nearby Lambeau Field on Tuesday. Executive director DeMaurice Smith was on hand. Labor and management are headed down a very slippery slope in the final year of the collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations have taken place but if a deal isn't reached by next March, there might not be football next fall. Rodgers was honored to be elected by his teammates, succeeding Mark Tauscher and said this is the most important contract negotiation of his career.