GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers carried a clipboard. Seneca Wallace wore a knit cap and a downtrodden look relegated to the sideline with a sore groin.
Ravaged again by injuries, the Packers still got a good performance out of third-string quarterback and former practice squad player Scott Tolzien considering the circumstances.
As it turns out, quarterback may not have been the biggest concern for coach Mike McCarthy following a 27-13 loss Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles .
``We had a lot of tough situations today, no excuses,'' McCarthy said. ``I thought Scott Tolzien played as well as could be expected.''
Tolzien, who played in college at Wisconsin, entered after Wallace left following the first series with the groin injury. Rodgers was already out with a fractured left collarbone suffered in a Monday night loss to the Bears.
Tolzien was 24 for 39 with 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He zipped a 22-yard pass to Brandon Bostick with 3:29 left in the third quarter to cut the Eagles' lead to 20-10.
Nick Foles was better.
A week after tying the NFL record by passing for seven TDs, Foles threw for three long touchdowns.
Philadelphia handed Green Bay its first back-to-back home losses since 2008, Aaron Rodgers' first season as the starting quarterback. It was the worst home loss for the Packers since falling 38-10 to the New York Jets on Dec. 3, 2006.
``You've got to win your home games,'' McCarthy said. ``We've lost two in six days and this stings.''
Foles exposed Green Bay's secondary in the second half. Cooper was wide open on both of his long scores, rolling over the goal line on his 45-yard TD catch after being untouched on the ground, then working his way free toward the left sideline after Morgan Burnet slipped for a 32-yard score to make it 27-10 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
Linebacker Clay Matthews returned after a four-game absence, wearing a large, black wrap to protect his injured right thumb. The Packers did manage three sacks, but pass-rushing specialist Matthews was neutralized mostly by the tricky, quick-strike Eagles.
``I've never been a part of something like this, where we can't stop a team in the last two weeks,'' defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. ``Need the ball back for your offense, and whatever they ran worked.''
The Packers won't use injuries as an excuse. Still, health issues have exacted a heavy toll.
Start at quarterback, where until last week, Green Bay had just three starters over the last 22 years - Brett Favre (253 games), Rodgers (86) and Matt Flynn (two).
Wallace was 5 for 5 for 25 yards before leaving with his injury. McCarthy was so impressed with Tolzien's day that he anointed him the starter for next week's game at the Giants.
``I thought he played really well, for a guy that was on the practice squad and that they just signed and got him in there,'' Kelly said.
Already without Rodgers and Wallace, Green Bay lost two starting offensive linemen in center Evan Dietrich-Smith and right tackle Don Barclay to knee injuries.
That left guard T.J. Lang, who was returning from a concussion, to slide over to center - meaning the Packers went most of the game with a third-string quarterback and backup center.
Cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) and linebacker Nick Perry (foot) also left after re-aggravating injuries.
LeSean McCoy finished with 155 yards on 25 carries, the second straight week that Green Bay's typically staunch run defense had allowed a 100-yard rusher. McCoy softened the Packers with runs of 9 and 25 yards on the Eagles' first series of the second half before Foles found Cooper for the 45-yard score and a 17-3 lead.
Foles finished 12 of 18 for 228 yards. He still hasn't thrown an interception this season.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
CONOVER - June 22 makes it the 14th day of rainfall for us this month, and it's not been very convenient.
People all over northcentral Wisconsin have had to deal with storm damage or flooding in some way.
Pioneer Lake in Conover has had a particularly tough time with flooding not only because of the rain, but also because of a dam upstream.
"We've got 20 piers here, and they're floating away, they're underwater," said Maple View Resort and Campground Owner Tony Osiecki. "I've never seen it like this in fifty years."
Osiecki blames the deluge of rain we've gotten in the past few weeks for the flooding in his resort. But he and many others on the lake also blame a dam upstream.
It's located on the southwest side of South Twin Lake in Phelps. It's owned by Wausau-based Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, and it's meant to maintain the levels of the Twin Lakes. Peter Hansen, the company's Vice President of Operation, admits they are releasing a lot of water--because they are federally required to.
"We are releasing an amount of water that is more than the 500-year rain event," Hansen said. "That means the rain that we've had, according to our calculations, is only supposed to happen every 500 years...We're doing everything within our federal license to lower the water level on Twin."
Downstream of the dam is the Twin River, which flows into Pioneer Lake. Hansen says the company is not responsible for what happens downstream.
That leaves some people frustrated
"[People] have been calling wanting to know what we're doing about the water and what they've got to do to fix it," said Pioneer Lake Association President Terry Wright. "If it's affecting us we have to have somebody we can call to change it."
In the meantime, Osiecki deals with the flooding.
"Move everything back a bit and try to get someone to close the dam and compromise," Osiecki said.
Hansen says the company has been able to cut back on the water release in the past few days, but with more rain in the forecast, that might change. He says Pioneer Lake does not have a controlled structure to help with the lake's water levels.
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