Matthews, Rodgers, Sitton make Pro Bowl for Packers

Dec. 23 2015


Green Bay 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.

Packers long snapper Goode out for season with knee injury

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 injury.

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.



Associated Press