Starter Pack: Williams facing fine, not ban

A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers' beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last Friday, an NFL spokesman said the league would not announce any disciplinary action or fines from the Thanksgiving day games until this coming week, so it wasn't known at that time what actions the league would take against Packers cornerback Tramon Williams for shoving an official in the fourth quarter of the 40-10 loss at the Detroit Lions.

However, indications now are that Williams likely will not be suspended, but he is expected to be fined for his actions.

The full details of the incident can be found in our Upon Further Review feature, but the short version is this: Williams appeared to push back judge Dino Paganelli in the end zone after the Lions scored. After the game, Williams called it a “total misunderstanding” and said he did not realize it was an official.

Typically, players are notified of fines via written notice some time during the week following the game, and the league then confirms those fines on Friday.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers still has hurdles to clear in order to return from his broken collarbone and play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. League sources told Mortensen that “it will take a strong consensus from doctors and the team's hierarchy to return him to the playing field next Sunday against the Falcons. ... Even though Rodgers has reinforced his determination to return, sources say doctors prefer a conservative approach and other Packers decision-makers are conflicted, especially without a lot of confidence the team is in position to make a Super Bowl run.” Don't expect anything more concrete on Rodgers until much later on Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy is not scheduled to speak with reporters under 4:45 p.m. local time.

  • This week's Sunday notes package, called the Weekend Wrap, contained items about how many more players the Packers have used on special teams this season than last year, the future of backup quarterback Scott Tolzien and much more.

  • The complete playing time breakdown/analysis from Thursday's loss to the Lions is available here.


  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde, who hosts Rodgers' weekly radio show, exchanged messages with the quarterback on Sunday and asked him about the reports that the Packers may not clear him to return. Those reports were apparently news to Rodgers.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that according to one NFL team orthopedic surgeon, the healing time for a mild collarbone crack -- which is believed to be what Rodgers sustained -- can be as long or even longer than a more severe break.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne talked with guard T.J. Lang, who said he often thinks of his father, Tom, who died two years ago of cancer, when he plays.