Dorleant released after failed physical
Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton
Dorleant, injured in the final game of the 2016 regular season, was released last week after he failed a physical, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.
The Packers had not commented on Dorleant, 24, being cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference stemming from a March 26 incident at a bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa, other than to acknowledge they’re aware of it.
Dorleant was issued a citation for the incident, which centered on the cornerback’s friend
Deiondre’ Hall, a Chicago Bears defensive back, who allegedly got into an altercation with a bouncer and then a police officer.
But that doesn’t appear to be the reason the Packers let Dorleant go.
The release came with the failed-physical designation, which means Dorleant would not have been able to practice Tuesday when the Packers begin off-season workouts. Dorleant injured his right knee Jan. 1 against the Detroit Lions and subsequently was put on injured reserve. NFL schedule coming Thursday: Detroit Lions president Rod Wood let slip at the team’s new uniform unveiling last week
that the league will release the regular-season schedule Thursday, a week before the draft.
“I don’t have anything else (planned) other than getting this renovation done,” Wood said when asked what comes next after adding cheerleaders last year and redesigning the team’s uniforms this spring. “That’s the thing I’ve got to focus on right now. A lot of stuff to get done before the season starts. The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too.” Raji story nets APSE first-place honor: Pack
ersNews.com reporter Ryan Wood earned firstplace honors last week in a 2016 contest judged by The Associated Press Sports Editors.
Competing in Category C with the Green Bay Press-Gazette (30,000 to 75,000 circulation / 250,000 to 750,000 unique monthly website visitors), Wood finished first in the Breaking News category for his exclusive story on Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji’s decision to walk away from the game.
Wood finished second in the Projects category for a series of four stories analyzing year-to-year data that studied trends and issues involving Packers general manager Ted Thompson’s draft decisions. PackersNews.com reporter Michael Cohen finished sixth for Features in Category B with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (75,000 to 175,000 circulation) for his story about former Packers tight end Jermichael Fin
ley’s life after football.
Driver plans thank you fan tour: After his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame this sum- mer, Donald Driver plans a “Thank You Fans Tour” and invites fans to invite him to their communities.
Driver, who retired in 2012, will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 22.
Driver’s tour will be Aug. 10-13, with stops to be decided based on requests made at http://bit.ly/2osR7m9 by fans, community events, charitable causes, schools and Wisconsin companies.
The tour likely will begin in southeastern Wisconsin, move west and north before ending in northeastern Wisconsin. Driver’s charity celebrity softball game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Aug. 13 at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Brian Lammi of Lammi Sports Management, Milwaukee, said the plan is to make 15- to 20-minute stops at as many places as possible.