Packers nearing full strength to begin playoff run

The Packers are getting closer and closer to full strength as the playoff run opens up for Matt LaFleur’s team.

Badgered by key injuries all season, the Green Bay Packers are nearing full strength as the playoff run opens up this week.

Not only are Randall Cobb, Za’Darius Smith, Jaire Alexander, Whitney Mercilus, Billy Turner and Ty Summers all on the field and practicing, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Chandon Sullivan returned to practice on Tuesday, and Lucas Patrick came off the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday.

The only player not practicing on Tuesday was left tackle David Bakhtiari, but coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t concerned and said he’s going through “load management.”

LaFleur also said he’s “hopeful” for Alexander and Smith to play Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round. The two would be making triumphant returns after missing most of the 2021 season with significant injuries. Alexander has been out since Week 4 after injuring his shoulder, while Smith only played in Week 1 before shutting it down for back surgery.

Cobb, Smith, Mercilus and Summers have all been designated to return from injured reserve and could be activated to the 53-man roster at any point this week.

Cobb has missed a month and a half after needing surgery to fix a core muscle injury. Mercilus is making a miraculous recovery from a torn biceps injury in October. Both will provide veteran experience at two key spots. Summers, a key special teamer, missed the final three games of the regular season with a knee injury.

Turner, the starting right tackle, appears on track to return after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 12 and missing the rest of the regular season. If available, Turner would give the Packers four of their five preferred starters along the offensive line. Bakhtiari and rookie center Josh Myers returned in Week 18 and will be expected to play on Saturday.

Valdes-Scantling (back) and Sullivan (knee) returned to practice after suffering injuries during the Packers’ Week 18 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (elbow) and running back Aaron Jones (knee) both sat out Week 18, but both have been practicing over the last two weeks, including on Tuesday.

Also of note, LaFleur’s team does not have a single player on the COVID-19 reserve list as of Tuesday afternoon. Patrick, a starter at right guard, was the only player left, and he was cleared Monday.

The Packers won’t have Elgton Jenkins, Robert Tonyan, Kylin Hill, Randy Ramsey or Chauncey Rivers for the playoffs. All five suffered season-ending injuries. But the rest of the roster is trending in the right direction, especially after getting a week off.

LaFleur said the Packers will take it day by day with many of the returning players, including Bakhtiari.

However, it’s certainly possible that when the Packers kick off on Saturday night, they’ll have their All-Pro left tackle, starting right tackle, primary slot receiver, speedy vertical threat, All-Pro edge rusher, All-Pro cornerback, starting slot corner and several others all available to play.

At full strength, the Packers – who weathered numerous injuries to finish 13-4 and secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC – have to be considered the Super Bowl favorite in the conference.

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¿Quién es Jorge Meré, nuevo refuerzo del América?

América se refuerza con un jugador europeo en esta moda en Coapa desde la llegada de Santiago Solari al banquillo americanista.

Jorge Meré llega al América como nuevo refuerzo en el nido para el Clausura 2022, un jugador de nacionalidad española con 24 años de edad con experiencia en la Bundesliga.

Originario de Oviedo, juega como defensa central y se formó en las inferiores del Real Sporting de Gijón donde jugó con el primer equipo tanto en segunda como en primera división.

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Los últimos cuatro años ha jugado en la Bundesliga con el Colonia y se ha ganado el respeto y admiración tanto de sus compañeros como de los rivales por su estilo de juego aguerrido y muy comprometido.

“Es inteligente, con gran personalidad, capaz de ser duro para los defensas rivales; con buen sentido del marcaje, con un gran criterio a la hora de sacar el balón jugando desde atrás”. dijo sobre el defensa Manolo Sánchez, ex jugador del Sporting de Gijón.

América se refuerza con un jugador europeo en esta moda en Coapa desde la llegada de Santiago Solari al banquillo americanista.

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Brooklyn Nets star James Harden isn’t …

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden isn’t just producing on the court. The nine-time NBA All-Star, through his “Impact 13 Foundation,” donated approximately 5,000 essential supplies to children in Haiti last week. Performance apparel such as Adidas backpacks, socks, shoes, water bottles and basketballs as well as personal hygiene products such as Art of Sport deodorant, body wash, lotion, Gopuff tampons, condoms and postpartum undergarments were distributed to more than 300 kids.

On the court, Harden is seeking his …

On the court, Harden is seeking his first championship. But off the court, he’s seeking to be a champion of supplying resources to the underprivileged youth all across the world. “A goal of mine is to win the NBA Community Assist Award,” Harden revealed to Yahoo Sports. “I have always been active within my community, but this year and moving forward, I will do more within my community and globally. Through my Impact 13 Foundation, we want to impact the lives of thousands and inspire the youth to chase their dreams.”

Notre Dame makes roster addition through transfer portal

Notre Dame adds Harvard grad-transfer

Notre Dame won’t be just handing over their punter duties to freshman Bryce McPherson after Jay Bramblett‘s departure for LSU.  McPherson will have competition for the role in 2022 by graduate-transfer Jon Sot of Harvard.

Sot will graduate from Harvard this spring and then transfer to Notre Dame for the 2022 season.  He was voted first-team all Ivy League in 2018 and 2019.

Sot averaged 39.7 yards per punt this past season with a long of 67 yards.  He shared the following statement on Twitter upon announcing his decision to attend Notre Dame:

“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, and the Harvard community for a great 4 years and 3 seasons in Crimson.

I am so fortunate to have been pushed to my full potential day in and day out, and to have developed relationships with some of the most gifted people in the world.

After graduating Harvard University this May, I will be attending the University of Notre Dame as a graduate student transfer for my last season of college football, I can’t wait to get to South Bend and chase a National Championship. All glory is and always will be to God. Go Irish!”

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Notre Dame transfer portal tracker (2022)