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Green Bay's coaching staff continues to stand behind kicker Mason Crosby, even though he has missed a field goal attempt in each of his last three games.


Special teams' coordinator Shawn Slocum says neither he nor the Packers will overreact, and he knows the 25-year-old Crosby won't over-react, either.

The third-year pro made two field goals in Sunday's win at Chicago. But he missed a 42-yarder that could have given the Packers a more comfortable 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he has all the confidence in the world in Crosby - who won the NFL's scoring title in his rookie year with 141 points.

Brandon Chillar will stay with the Green Bay Packers. Numerous media reports say the veteran inside linebacker has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $21 million dollars.

Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said at a weekly news conference that Chillar's deal was quote, "well deserved." The coach called him "flexible and versatile" and especially solid on special teams.

The 27-year-old Chillar was signed in March of 2008 as a free agent from Saint Louis and is in his 6th NFL season. He has 38 tackles this year with a sack and one pass break-up. Chillar has played in 10 of Green Bay's 13 games this season, despite breaking a hand a few weeks ago.

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