Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Afternoon State Sports
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Brad Jones will join fellow Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews on the sideline Sunday, when Green Bay plays the Ravens in Baltimore. Coach Mike McCarthy said today that Jones will not be ready to return for the game against the defending Super Bowl champions. McCarthy said Matthews would be out for "multiple" weeks amid reports he'd be out for a month with the thumb he broke last Sunday against Detroit. The coach said Matthews would play this week if he could make the decision -- and when he does return, he'll most likely wear a protective cast. Running back James Starks is also being ruled out for the Ravens' game with a bad knee. Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten is still out with a foot injury. Also today, linebacker Andy Mulumba did not practice. McCarthy said Mulumba had some swelling from an ankle injury against the Lions. The coach also said corner Casey Hayward is getting better, after returning to practice a week ago following a nasty hamstring injury. His chances of making his season debut against the Ravens could be determined tomorrow.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby has been named the N-F-C special teams' player-of-the-week. Crosby tied a Packer record last Sunday with a career-high five field goals in the win over Detroit. He did not have a miss, and his longest was from 52 yards out. After he struggled a year ago, Crosby now leads the N-F-C with the most field goals made with out a miss -- 9-for-9 in his first five games. He has made 13 straight in the regular season, dating back to last year. Crosby received the weekly N-F-C special teams' honors for the fifth time in his career -- tying him with Ryan Longwell in that department.
The Milwaukee Bucks heard good news today about starting forward Ersan Ilyasova. More tests were performed on the right ankle that Ilyasova injured last night in a collision with C-J Miles during the Bucks' 12-point exhibition loss at Cleveland. Ilyasova did not break anything, but there's still not a timetable yet for his possible return. The Bucks held another practice in Cleveland today before flying to South Dakota, where they'll play the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night in an exhibition in Sioux Falls. It will be a homecoming for Bucks' rookie guard Nate Wolters. He played his college ball at nearby South Dakota State.