Seriously - Did anyone go back and look at his STATS for the year compared to all others?
------- 2004 Updated Bio
Started for the second consecutive year at the 'Buck' (strong-side) linebacker position. The largest of the three starters at 249 pounds, Head Coach Mike Sherman called him one of team's most underrated players.
Played in 15 regular-season games, making 14 starts, though he had suffered a "debilitating shoulder injury" in the opener.
Also started NFC Wild Card playoff contest with Minnesota (Jan. 9). Was made inactive for Monday night game with Tennessee (Oct. 11) to help rest shoulder. Finished sixth on the club with 73 tackles (49 solo), including one-half sack. Also posted two stops covering kicks. Led the Packers in stops in season-opening victory at Carolina with 12 tackles (seven solo), including a shared sack of Jake Delhomme. On the Panthers' first drive, stopped RB Stephen Davis for a 1-yard loss after coming unblocked from the left side, forcing Carolina into a long-yardage situation and, eventually, leading to a punt. In the third quarter, came up the middle past center Jeff Mitchell to drop Delhomme for a loss on a third-and-long play, splitting the sack with Mark Roman and forcing the Panthers to punt.
Did suffer left shoulder injury in Carolina contest that would bother him for much of the year and require offseason surgery (Jan. 14, 2005).
Made four stops against Chicago (Sept. 19). At Indianapolis (Sept. 26), came away with three tackles (all solo), including a stop on third-and-short, positioning himself at the line of scrimmage and pushing RB Edgerrin James into his own backfield, leading to a punt on the next play. Saw limited action vs. the N.Y. Giants (Oct. 3) after he aggravated his injured shoulder early in the game.
After resting the shoulder against Tennessee (Oct. 11), he returned to start at Detroit (Oct. 17), making five stops as Green Bay limited the Lions to only 125 net yards, including 33 on 16 rushing attempts (2.1 avg.). Also, while in one-on-one coverage, broke up a probable touchdown pass to Lions TE Stephen Alexander that could have let Detroit back into the game.
Followed up against Dallas (Oct. 24) with three solo stops. Made six tackles (five solo) in victory at Washington (Oct. 31). Returned from bye week rest to contribute four stops (three solo) against Minnesota (Nov. 14). Recorded six tackles in each of the next two games, at Houston (Nov. 21), vs. St. Louis (Nov. 29) and at Philadelphia (Dec. 5). Stopped RB Brian Westbrook for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter of Eagles contest. Made four tackles (three solo), then had three stops vs. Jacksonville (Dec. 19). Was a bright spot on defense for the Packers in division-clinching win at Minnesota (Dec. 24), leading the team with 11 tackles (nine solo). In the third quarter, pulled down TE Jermaine Wiggins on a reception for a loss of 6 yards.
Started at Chicago (Jan. 2), but did not record any tackles. Took only four snaps in the ballgame as he was rested by the coaching staff. Contributed six stops vs. Minnesota in NFC Wild Card playoff game (Jan. 9), along with breaking up one pass. Underwent left shoulder arthroscopic surgery Jan. 14, 2005.
I think everyone oughta step back a minute on this one.
The guy was injured, similarly to Gravedigger (torn bicep) and even though he was hurt still stuck it out and contributed greatly.....
Ask yourselves - had he played in the MNF game - do you think we would have been beaten so badly?
He's a Packer, guys! Face it, accept it, and applaud it! He's earned it!