Cullen Jenkins can't catch a break this year, wait a minute, he already has. On opening day in Philadelphia, the veteran defensive end broke a bone in his hand and spent the next several weeks learning to play with a club taped over his hand. He got over that and pulled a calf muscle. Just when he overcame that injury to record two of his career season high seven sacks against the 49ers, he strained that same calf muscle in the final minutes and is back on the shelf again. Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jenkins is having an outstanding season but he'll definatley miss the Lions game in Detroit this Sunday and maybe the New England contest a week later. Must run in the family. Cullen's brother Kris tore up his knee on opening day and was lost for the season with the New York Jets.
James Starks created a little buzz with his 18 carry, 73 yard performance against the 49ers on Sunday but he's a long ways from the second coming of Ryan Grant. The 18 carries surprised even Mike McCarthy, who planned on maybe 8 to 10 for his first game in nearly two years. While Starks showed both some burst and lean with the ball in his hands, McCarthy said the challenge now will be to broaden his game. He will have to be a willing receiver and even more willing blocker in blitz pick-ups, something Brandon Jackson still excels at. McCarthy said Monday he'll have to be careful in using Starks because teams know when number 44 is on the field, it's going to either be a run or play action play. It was an encouraging start but consistency is the key in the NFL.
Game balls from the San Francisco victory went to Aaron Rodgers on offense, a three touchdown, 298 yard effort and his fifth straight game without an interception. That hasn't happened since Bart Starr went on a run back in 1966. Jenkins got the game ball on defense for his two sack effort, newcomer Diyral Briggs was awarded for special teams play, leading the team with three tackles in the kicking game and Quinn Johnson got the award for the big hit of the week.