Love has solid debut, status uncertain for Jets game and practices

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Love has solid debut, status uncertain for Jets game and practices

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Jordan Love had a productive performance in the Packers’ 26-7 loss to the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field, a game in which head coach Matt LaFleur held out 30 players.

Love showed flashes of his potential to the crowd of 72,000-plus fans in Green Bay’s preseason opener, completing 12 of 17 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown for a lofty 110.4 quarterback rating in just one half of play.

That’s because the second-year quarterback injured his shoulder late in the second quarter when his arm was hit as he attempted a pass.  The resulting fumble was recovered by the Texans.

Love was held out of action in the second half, and his status is uncertain for Saturday afternoon’s game against the New York Jets at Lambeau.

“He’s doing fine,” head coach Matt LaFleur said after the game.  “It’s something though that’s significant enough that he could miss a couple of days of practice.  We’ll see where he’s at, at the end of the week.  We’re going to take it day by day.”

Before today’s late-morning practice, LaFleur told the media, “We’ll just see how the week goes and how he recovers.  But he is feeling significantly better than he did on game day.”

Love did not practice with the team in today’s short session in shorts and helmets, with Rodgers and third-stringer Kurt Benkert taking all the reps at quarterback.  The players are off on Tuesday, but Tuesday and Wednesday practices are joint sessions with the Jets.

The second-year quarterback has not been ruled out of the Jets game or the joint practices, but Green Bay will no doubt proceed cautiously with their back-up signal-caller.

What did Love think of his performance?

“Overall, I think I played good,” he said after the game.  “A couple plays where I messed some things up, but things I’ll learn from.”

Some standouts from the Packers-Texans game:

Offense:  Scottie Phillips, Texans running back.  The second-year back from Mississippi was a workhorse for Houston, carrying the ball 13 times and producing 66 yards for a lofty 5.1-yard average per carry.  Phillips’ 5-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Green Bay defense with 9:08 remaining in the second quarter gave the Texans a 10-7 lead that they’d never relinquish in the match-up of the teams’ back-ups.

Devin Funchess, Packers receiver.  Green Bay fans finally got to see Funchess in action, after the 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound wide receiver snared a game-high six receptions for 70 yards, including an impressive one-handed grab of a Love pass in the red zone.

Defense:  Oren Burks, Packers inside linebacker.

The fourth-year pro had the opportunity to start at inside linebacker against Houston and made the most of it.  He started fast with two tackles for no gain and a one-yard loss on the Texans’ opening series and finished with a game-high six total tackles and Green Bay’s lone sack.  Later in the first quarter, the 6-foot-3-inch, 233-pound Burks burst through a gap and sacked quarterback Davis Mills for a 5-yard loss on a three-and-out series for the Packers defense.

Special Teams:  Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans kicker.

Fairbairn doubled the output of the Packers in the game, scoring 14 points on four field goals and two extra points.  The veteran kicker was perfect on the night, kicking a field goal in each quarter:  a 37-yarder in the first, a 25-yarder in the second, a 41-yarder in the third, and a 42-yarder in fourth.

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