Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with Josh
Sitton (71) against the Detroit Lions during the second half of
an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Detroit.
GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers
have three players on the initial Pro Bowl roster: linebacker Clay
Matthews, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and guard Josh Sitton.
The league announced the selections
Tuesday, and the Packers representatives were not a surprise. This is
the sixth honor for Matthews in seven NFL seasons, tied with Reggie
White for the second-most by a defensive player in team history behind
Willie Wood's eight.
Rodgers was picked for the fifth time,
and Sitton was selected for the third time.
For the third straight year, the Pro
Bowl team was picked without respect to the two conferences. Teams
will be drafted four days before the annual All-Star game takes place
Jan. 31 in Hawaii.
GREEN BAY — The Packers will need to
make a late-season adjustment on special teams after placing veteran
long snapper Brett Goode on season-ending injured reserve with a knee
General manger Ted Thompson on Tuesday
signed Rick Lovato, a rookie from Old Dominion who served as the long
snapper for all 50 games of his college career. Lovato spent time in
the offseason and training camp with the Chicago Bears.
Goode's injury comes as a surprise, as
he was not listed on any injury report in recent weeks, or following
Sunday's win over Oakland.
Goode joined the Packers in 2008 and
played in 137 straight games, including 14 this season.