HE'S THE DON: Don Majkowski will return as the Packers' starting quarterback against the Vikings Sunday if his sore shoulder is sufficiently healed, Coach Lindy Infante said yesterday.
Majkowski suffered a bruised shoulder in the second quarter of a victory over Phoenix two weeks ago and then missed Sunday's 20-10 win over Tampa Bay as Anthony Dilweg directed Green Bay to victories in both games.
Dilweg, who started the Packers' first two games after Majkowski ended a 45-day holdout, completed 13 of 22 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers. But Infante didn't hesitate in telling reporters that Majkowski is still the man.
"Let me make this clear -- Don is still our quarterback. There is no quarterback controversy created here," said Infante. "Anthony came in and played two fine football games, 2 1/2 quarters against Phoenix and then he played super against Tampa. We're not going to go back and start playing the musical quarterback thing here. I will explain that to Anthony and I'm sure he's aware of it. We have to wait and see how Don is. If he's not healthy, Anthony will start. If Don is 100 percent healthy and healthy enough that we don't run the risk of losing him rest of season, then he'll be our starter."
CARDINAL NUMBERS: Just when it looked like the Cardinals would finally have a potent two-back offense, Coach Joe Bugel started backpedaling on the plan. Rookie Anthony Thompson, subbing for injured rookie star Johnny Johnson, rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Sunday's 34-14 win over the Patriots, halting Phoenix's five-game losing streak.
It was the most yards by a Cardinals runner in five seasons and had Bugel envisioning a new two-back set for Sunday's game here against Indianapolis. But all that might have changed after the euphoria wore off.
"The one thing I don't like about the two-back thing is one guy is going to have to do a lot of blocking. Only one guy can carry the ball and that's inhumane," Bugel said. "It's tough to spread the wealth. You want to feed one guy the football. You don't want to bruise up the other thoroughbred. When you play this many games, you need two good backs. You can get a one-two punch like that. But the game dictates who gets in there the most."