GREEN BAY – As you might expect from him, Donald Driver didn’t have a single, frustrated word to say.
The Green Bay Packers veteran wide receiver spent all but the team’s final three offensive plays on the sideline Sunday, an interested observer of an offense he used to lead. And the only reason Driver went in for the Packers’ final three snaps on offense in their 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was that Greg Jennings waved himself out of the game late.
“That’s the whole thing. I’m disappointed we lost the game,” Driver said as he was leaving the locker room after the game. “I’m fine with everything else.”
The Packers used their no-huddle offense extensively Sunday, and their most common personnel grouping was wide receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jennings with tight end Jermichael Finley. They did substitute, but No. 80 was never called upon until those final three snaps.
Driver said he was not told at any point this week that he would not play in the game.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
When Driver did enter, with 1 minute 50 seconds to play, the Packers were facing second-and-10 from the 49ers’ 45-yard line. The Lambeau Field crowd cheered when he entered, making it obvious that at least some of the 70,523 in attendance had noticed he had not played until that point.
Is this how it’s going to be all season for Driver if the team’s top four receivers stay healthy?
“I don’t know,” Driver replied. Then, after a pause, “I’m all right.”
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