A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers' beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All NFL players are not created equal.
And they're not treated equally, either.
The Packers stuck with Crosby even after the kicker experienced the worst season of his career in 2012, and their patience with him paid off. With three games remaining, he's on pace for his best season.
In explaining why the Packers didn't give up on Crosby, special teams coach Shawn Slocum on Monday said: “The easy thing to do is to change personnel. That's not always the right thing to do.”
Yet they wasted little time dumping Ross after two kick return gaffes in a four-game stretch dating back to last season. Ross' muffed punt in the playoff loss at the San Francisco 49ers combined with his fumbled kickoff in the Week 3 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals cost him his job. The Packers cut him the day after the Bengals' game.
Perhaps they should have treated Ross the same way they did Crosby.
Instead, they opened the door for the Detroit Lions to sign him -- first to their practice squad and then to their active roster. One game after Ross burned the Packers on both special teams and on offense as a receiver and ball carrier in the Detroit's Thanksgiving win, he scored two special teams touchdowns for the Lions against the Philadelphia Eagles in a snow-storm game on Sunday. Ross returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and a punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
To be sure, the seventh-year kicker Crosby had a much longer history with the Packers than Ross, who had been with them for less than a year.
“Mason played one position for us,” Slocum said. “The other young man played more positions. Had some problems before he left us. They were critical. In four consecutive games had two major problems, and we made a decision to move. He did a nice job against us, he did a nice job yesterday in the snow.
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers still has not been cleared to return from his broken collarbone, so coach Mike McCarthy said he will prepare Matt Flynn for another start. However, Rodgers will be evaluated by team doctors before the Packers return to the practice field on Wednesday.
How rare was the Packers' defensive performance in the 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday? It marked just the second time all season that they didn't allow any fourth-quarter points. They came into the game having allowed a league-high 107 fourth-quarter points.
In a look back at the win over the Falcons, the Upon Further Review feature included items on Flynn's accuracy, changes at safety, another early two-point try and an unnecessary injury to running back Eddie Lacy on a meaningless play to end the first half.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde noted that McCarthy wasn't willing to explain his decision to run Lacy on the final play of the first half on Sunday.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause wrote that a few personnel changes made a big difference for Dom Capers' defense.