The Packers returned to the practice field two days after getting the devastating news about Nick Collins. Charlie Peprah said practice was kind of theraputic for the team still reeling from the season ending neck injury for the three time-Pro Bowler. The secondary got a dose of good news as Tramon Williams returned on a limited basis coming off his shoulder sprain that forced him to miss the Carolina game. Two other defenders however did not practice, Clay Matthews with a quad injury and Charles Woodson with a sore foot, sat Wednesday out but Mike McCarthy said after practice he expects both to be ready for Sunday's big match with the Chicago Bears.
As for the Bears, the local media got a chance to speak with Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith for the first time since the NFC Championship game at Solider Field, the Pack's 21-14 victory loaded with drama, from the "do the Raji" clinching TD, Aaron Rodgers game saving tackle of Brian Urlacher and last but not least, the Jay Cutler knee injury which created a mega-controversy. Cutler, coming off a 6 sack performance against the Saints last week, was in no mood for chattiness. His answers to about 20 questions today were all brief, to the point of being curt. He clearly had no use for inquiries about the injury, the avalanche of criticism from fans, the media and other NFL players about his demeanor on the sidelines after leaving the game and when pressed about whether he was offended or surprised at the critics, including players, he answered no, no and no and hung up the phone with, shall we say, emphasis. Smith was his usual smooth-toned self and when asked why Cutler seems to be a magnet for criticism, Lovie said it simply comes with the territory as it does for any other quarterback or head coach for that matter and the best thing about getting criticized, is you can do something about it the next week. Adding some fuel to the fire from last January's loss to the Pack is how Fox treated the Bears-Saints games, admitting to using misleading and sensational headlines purportedly from Chicago newspapers in it's pre-game introduction that screamed "Cutler lacks courage" and the like. Analyst Daryl Johnston said they were actual headlines when in fact, they were creations of the Fox marketing folks. And when Cutler suffered through another beat down (he's been the most sacked quarterback in the NFL dating back to the start of last season), cameras were glued on his sideline behavior, much of it not very becomming. The Bears are rumored to be incensed with the network's treatment of Cutler and the team. Can't wait to see what happens Sunday with Fox's number one coverage team at Solider Field.