Packers Headlines: Workouts, Tauscher & Lombardi

Legendary senior writer jclombardi highlights daily Packers headlines.

Packers discussing lockout workouts: The Green Bay Packers are the only team in the NFL to have not held some sort of informal practices. “We’re definitely going to do something soon because we don’t know,” receiver Jennings said at his charity golf tournament in Waukesha, WI. “There’s that uncertainty (because of the lockout). I think guys have been working out individually with their own trainers, which is great, but it’s also not as great when you’re not doing it as a team. Anytime you come together as a team, it doesn’t matter how you come together, it’s why you come together. You come together to build that camaraderie, that gel. We have something special here and we have a little bit of momentum, so we want to make sure that we continue that and don’t slack off.” After throwing out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the New York Mets on Thursday, Super Bowl MVP quarterback Rodgers said he planned on talking to veteran CB Woodson to formulate some sort of workout plans. Presumably, that would take place around the team’s ring ceremony on Thursday at Lambeau Field.

Tackle Tauscher Not Sure If He Will Be Back: Mark Tauscher would not or could not say whether he’ll play again. It was clear he wanted to leave all the doors open. But he also made no promises or bold declarations. Green Bay’s 11-year right tackle sprained his shoulder blocking an extra point in Week 4 against Detroit and was eventually placed on injured reserve. The veteran Packer is taking a wait-and-see approach. “I feel good. I really do. The rehab is going well, my shoulder is feeling a lot better,” Tauscher said before hitting the links at the Merrill Hills Country Club for the Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Tournament. “I haven’t really figured out what I’m going to do yet. When the lockout ends I’m sure I’ll get things figured out, one way or another, and see where we’re at.” Tauscher said the pain was severe when he hurt the shoulder but that his strength has come back. First-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga filled in for Tauscher on the right side, settled in, and played well last season. It was hard for Tauscher not to be on the field for the Packers’ Super Bowl run. “I would have loved to have kept playing,” said Tauscher. “For the team to finish the season the way we did was outstanding.” Gov. Walker declared Friday as Mark Tauscher Day in Wisconsin, and Jennings organized a surprise celebration for the right tackle.

Lombardi family: “We never abandoned Vince’s gravesite.” The original assertion that the gravesite was somehow abandoned simply was incorrect and could have been avoided with a bit of investigation. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Gary Martin. While we were unaware of his efforts, we are indebted to him. We would like to also thank the Knights of Columbus for all they have done throughout the years. Finally, we are grateful for football fans everywhere who have kept coach Vince Lombardi’s memory — and all he stood for — alive for decades. It never ceases to amaze us how loved and respected he is, even though he has been gone for 41 years.–statement of Vince Lombardi Jr. of Arizona, son of legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi. Other contributors to this guest commentary are Susan Lombardi, daughter of the famed coach and the coach’s grandchildren (children of Vince Lombardi Jr.): Vincent T. Lombardi II, John Lombardi, Gina Lombardi and Joe Lombardi.

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