GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday because of a lingering left calf injury. The quarterback left no doubt about his plans for Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys.
“No, I’m going Sunday,” Rodgers said. “Just a matter of how.”
Missing practice was part of the plan for Rodgers, who has dealt with the injury for about three weeks. While the Packers practiced inside the frigid Hutson Center training facility, Rodgers stayed exclusively in the training room for treatment.
He hopes that occasional acupuncture will also help, along with the valuable rest that the Packers received for earning a bye for the opening round of the playoffs. It’s possible Rodgers could also wear a wrap to further protect his lower left leg.
Panthers lose DT Lotulelei
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers will be without starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei for Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff game against Seattle after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his foot.
Coach Ron Rivera said Lotulelei injured his foot late in Tuesday’s practice. Rivera did not say which foot is injured.
Rivera said Lotulelei wouldn’t be available for the NFC championship game, but might be ready to play if the Panthers were to reach the Super Bowl.
FSU’s Winston going pro
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is going to the NFL.
The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner announced his decision to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2015 draft in a statement released to ESPN by The Legacy Agency Wednesday.
Winston was the most successful quarterback in college football the last two seasons, but also faced lengthy sexual assault investigations. He was not charged by police and was cleared by the university. His accuser sued the school’s board of trustees on Wednesday, claiming it had an unreasonable response to her accusations.
Winston is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected, but faces questions about his off-field incidents.
Giants fire two coaches
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants fired defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and defensive backs coach Pete Giunta.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced the moves on Wednesday, a little more than a week after the Giants (6-10) missed the playoffs for the third straight season and the defense was ranked among the worst in the NFL.
Fewell had been the Giants defensive coordinator since 2010 and was at the helm when the Giants defense played a major role in their Super Bowl victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in February 2012.
Bills interviews continue
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson interviewed for the Buffalo Bills’ head-coaching job on Wednesday. And former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is on deck.
A person familiar with the team’s search process revealed those two candidates — among a number of others — to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced any details of their search to replace Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly last week.
There are at least 10 candidates on the list. Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has already been interviewed, as was Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer, the person said.