GREEN BAY - Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday that RB Cedric Benson has been placed on injured reserve with the designation to possibly return this season.
Thatís a new rule in 2012, and each team gets one such IR designation. Benson must sit out a minimum of six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games before heís eligible to return.
McCarthy said the Packers were targeting Benson to possibly return from his foot sprain for the final four weeks of the season, though thatís a premature projection.
McCarthy also said regarding TE Jermichael Finley, DL B.J. Raji and WR Greg Jennings that all three would rehab their injuries this week, and the earliest any of them would return to practice would be Friday. With all three players, McCarthy said he might take it all the way up until game time to see if theyíre able to play.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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