Packers announce playoff captains before clinching spot

No matter when — or if — the Packers take the field this postseason, they’ve hand-picked leaders to represent them. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Wednesday that the team has chosen six playoff captains, voted on by the players, to represent the offense (Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson), defense (Julius Peppers, Morgan Burnett) and special teams (Randall…

Clay Matthews fined $10,000 for wearing white cleats

Just call him Clay “White Shoes” Matthews. The Packers’ star linebacker donned a pair of white cleats during last Monday night’s game against the Falcons. His fashion statement, though aesthetically pleasing, didn’t go over so well with the league office. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Matthews was fined $10,000 for wearing the white…

Aaron Rodgers: Jags stowing Bortles on bench has ‘merit’

The No. 3 overall pick is being kept on the bench — and that’s OK, says Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback told SportsonEarth.com that he supports the Jaguars’ decision to not have Blake Bortles under center in 2014. “What they are doing has a lot of merit,” Rodgers said. “Some of these guys who are…

Packers reportedly ‘worried’ Franklin may not play again

Johnathan Franklin’s NFL career could be over before it began. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers are “worried” that Franklin’s neck injury, initially suffered last season, might be career-threatening. The second-year running back hurt his neck and was concussed on a kickoff in Week 12, sending him to injured reserve. Sources tell Demovsky…