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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Approached Jimmy Graham in the locker room and he said he had no time to speak. He hasn't talked to the media since July 28. Asked him if he would ever speak to us, he said: "That's not my thing." When asked if he'd just pay the ($10,000) fine, he had no response and walked away. Graham was sent a letter this week for failing to comply with the NFL's media policy.

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McCarthy: Matthews 'did everything right'

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says nothing has changed with the way his players are being coached on how to tackle in the aftermath of a controversial roughing the passer penalty called against Clay Matthews on Sunday.

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Mike McCarthy said he's confident in the way they're teaching the fundamentals and confident in the way Clay Matthews rushes the quarterback. "We haven't changed anything with the way we're coaching our players," McCarthy said. "There needs to be some clarity on it." More McCarthy: "Unfortunately it's a process that's not clear, but hopefully we can get this thing cleared up. Just look at Mike Daniels' rush; it's affected the rush defenders, and you can't deny that."

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Even though RB Aaron Jones is coming back this week after a two-game suspension, coach Mike McCarthy said Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery "will be in the first slot." So Jones will clearly not be thrown back in full time.

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CB Kevin King likely out this week because of the groin injury he sustained in the first half on Sunday vs. Chicago. But coach Mike McCarthy did not think it was a long-term injury.

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Aaron Rodgers is "still in a day-by-day mode," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers aren't practicing today -- a rarity for a Wednesday following a noon game -- but coach Mike McCarthy said there will be a walk through. They played a Sunday night game in Week 1 and an overtime game in warm weather in Week 2. "We're just trusting our numbers, and that's why we're doing what we're doing," McCarthy said.


Jason Wilde joins Homer and Gabe

Packers reporter Jason Wilde joins Homer and Gabe to discuss the Clay Matthews penalty and where we go from here in regards to tackling NFL quarterbacks.

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Brett Favre on his SiriusXM NFL radio show: "I saw a textbook hit. It wasn't late. I saw nothing that, you know, and Clay's [Matthews] had a history of those type of plays. This one was textbook and if you're going to use it as a teaching video, you teach that this is the way we expect you to tackle, and that's the way I saw it. And that's neither being a Clay Matthews or Packer fan, or a Minnesota Viking fan or hater, you know, that was a bad call. And to me, why not be able to review that?"

Golic frustrated by Clay Matthews penalty (1:25)
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NFL: Penalty on Packers' Matthews was correct

An NFL source reiterated Monday in regard to the controversial roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews that the "technique of grabbing the passer from behind the leg or legs, scooping and pulling in an upward motion, is a foul."


Barnwell Show: Sando talks Week 2, including Mahomes & Rodgers

Bill and Mike Sando discuss the dynamic start to Patrick Mahomes' season (1:54), the tie between Minnesota-Green Bay as well as Aaron Rodgers' play in it (12:55), Dan Bailey heading to the Vikings (22:24), the Jaguars beating the Patriots (29:32) and which division leaders are showing the most promise (39:08). Plus, will the Earl Thomas situation get resolved soon (59:44)?

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL basically has done exactly what Clay Matthews predicted it would. Said Matthews on Sunday: “The worst part is, we'll probably send it in and you know what they're going to say? They'll find fault on me because they're going to agree with the refs.” So Matthews' hit will forever be deemed illegal no matter what he or the Packers think.

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Mike McCarthy said he had just as big of an issue with the holding call on Lane Taylor that wiped out Jimmy Graham's touchdown. "I didn't see a hold there," McCarthy said. "But we have to convert on the next set of downs."

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Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews "did what he was coached to do" on his roughing the passer penalty. "I think anytime you have a desired result, there's a formula to get the results," McCarthy said. "You've got to make sure you look at all the variables, but I'm not sure the variables are clear right now."

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Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers is "obviously sore, but that's to be expected. But he's a warrior, what he gave us yesterday was outstanding. I don't have a read on whether he's better this week than last week."

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Jamaal Williams played nearly twice as many snaps (47) as Ty Montgomery (26) and was stellar in pass protection. The return of Aaron Jones this week from his two-game suspension could impact Montgomery's snaps more than Williams' but the Packers need more than the 3.7 yards per carry (16 rushes for 59 yards) Williams had Sunday. Montgomery averaged 6.2 yards although he only carried five times. Here's the offensive snap count breakdown from the 29-29 tie against the Vikings:

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At this point, the Packers have to be asking themselves if Kevin King will ever stay healthy. He dropped out Sunday because of a groin injury after just 26 snaps. His rookie season ended last year with left shoulder surgery, and then he injured his right shoulder this summer in training camp. Here's the defensive snap count breakdown from the 29-29 tie against the Vikings:

Team Stats

Passing Yards277.011th
Rushing Yards83.5Tied-25th
Points For26.5Tied-10th
Points Against26.023rd

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