So where was A.J. Hawk on Sunday?
The Green Bay Packers starting inside linebacker had a bird’s-eye view of the Packers’ 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles — from the sideline.
He wasn’t on the field despite being designated a starter in the team’s 3-4 defense, and that prompted Hawk’s agent, Mike McCartney, to tell the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Wednesday that his client would be willing to be traded if it meant Hawk could get more playing time.
The fifth-year veteran hasn’t lost his starting job in the Packers’ base defense, rather he didn’t play during Sunday’s victory because the defense only used sub packages with five and six defensive backs, linebackers coach Winston Moss said.
The Packers had to be planning to utilize Hawk at some point this season because they kept him on the roster despite a salary of more than $4.6 million this season. His scheduled salary of $10 million for 2011 is another matter.
So expect to see Hawk, who drew raves from coach Mike McCarthy during training camp, back in the Packers’ lineup at some point this week against the Buffalo Bills.
For how long is another question.