Dor­leant re­leased after failed phys­i­cal

Packer Plus - - News - TOM SIL­VER­STEIN Dave Bir­kett of the Detroit Free Press and Richard Ry­man of USA TO­DAY NET­WORK-Wis­con­sin con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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

er­ 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. Pack­er­ 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 at­R7m9 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.

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