NEWS AND NOTES
DANJEAN, PURNELL RELEASED; HUDOCK TRADED BY PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Veterans, who not too long ago had it "made" until they retired from the Packers, continued to fell the ax Tuesday as Coach Scooter McLean and his staff pared the Green Bay squad to 47. In the latest shakedown, McLean asked waivers on linebacker Ernie Danjean, a starter last season, and Frank Purnell, a fullback obtained last year from the Browns. Scooter also waived Neal Habig, center from Purdue who started for the College All-Stars; Bobby Lance, a halfback from Florida; Harry Horton, defensive end from Wichita and Roy Hodge, halfback from Toledo. Mike Hudock, making his second try with the Packers after being sidelined with an injury, was traded to the Steelers for an undisclosed draft choice. Halfback Earl Wayne Miller of Baylor was placed on the injured reserve list. He recently underwent surgery for an old leg injury. Danjean and Purnell were the fourth and fifth veterans cut by Green Bay. Dropped earlier were guard Norm Amundson and backs Joe Johnson and Willie Berzinski. The news broke after Scooter McLean, Ray Richard, Jack Morton, Nick Skorich and Breezy Reid graded the squad by viewing the film of the Eagle game. Earlier, the staff sat around the breakfast table and chewed the fat about victory No. 1, a 20-17 decision over the Eagles. McLean liked the way a veteran offense rallied to victory. He didn't like the four fumbles and three holding penalties which bogged down the offense. "We've got to perfect our timing," Scooter said, realizing that this was his squad's first real test. "The passing was good but the running was spotty. We'll get there, we have to." Looking at his defense, McLean had reason to smile. Three times the Eagles were within the Packer 25 and couldn't score a touchdown. Then, too, three interceptions got the best of Norm Van Brocklin, who went the route for Philly. "We've got to make up our mind on our defensive boys right now," Scooter explained. "The platoon we picked has to start working as a unit. Believe me, learning pass defense is pretty tough for a new man." McLean has delegated the defensive authority to Richards and Morton. This is a happy coaching staff which is getting the job done. Ron Kramer begged McLean for a chance to get into the Eagle scrap as Scooter played all but three men. Kramer worked on slotback Steve Meilinger who appeared somewhat groggy after being hit from behind. "Don't go back in there," pleaded Kramer, hoping to take his spot. "You could get hurt seriously and I don't want to see anything happen to you." Meilinger just smiled and Kramer had to sit this one out. But Ron will get his chance soon. His leg looks good. The Packers close their St. Norbert camp Friday, and fly to Boston to battle the Giants.
EXHIBITION VICTORY HELD MEANING FOR PACKERS' MORALE
SEPTEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - No matter what Coach Scooter McLean says about not caring a whit about winning the "grapefruit" title, Monday's victory over Philadelphia was a good one for the Green Bay Packers. Sure, it was only an exhibition and they don't start to count until the NFL season opens against the Chicago Bears September 28. But a victory was nice to have, for morale and confidence. There are many encouraging things to report about the Packers and some discouraging. Green Bay showed it has the passing. Bart Starr ran the team especially well, and Babe Parilli seemed a little more steady than last year. The Packers have the catchers. Ron Kramer did not play at all, but the coaches know what he can do. In Bill Howton, Max McGee, Gary Knafelc and Steve Meilinger, the Packers showed four receivers, any one of whom would be No. 1 with the Eagles. Green Bay's running game, though, wasn't much. The blockers weren't there, most of the time. Many assignments were missed or fouled up. That was to be expected, however, for this was Green Bay's first real competition against outsiders. On defense, the Packers looked improved in many ways. The front line seems stronger, although just how strong remains to be seen. Len Ford and J.D. Kimmel, veterans obtained in trades, should shore it up against running. The rush on the passer wasn't savage, but Ford was playing with a bad leg and he may help remedy that situation when he comes around. The linebacking could be the best in the league. Veterans Bill Forester and Tom Bettis and rookie Dan Currie form a fearsome threesome. Carlton Massey is making a successful conversion from defensive end. Fighting to stick around are veteran Sam Palumbo and rookie Ray Nitschke. In the secondary, there may be a little trouble finding the fourth man to go with Bobby Dillon, Hank Gremminger and John Symank. Joe Francis has yet to be tested there and he might be the one. Bill Kinard and Bob Burris had their moments Monday and Monk Romine is still in the fight. The running game may come, but the blocking will have to clear the way. Forrest Gregg, who is away to get his Army discharge, will help. The others need coordination. They may star getting together once the squad is cut down to workable size. Paul Hornung is apparently going to be the chief runner. Howie Ferguson had returned healthy and that is important. Don McIlhenny is proven from last year. Jim Shanley of Oregon is by far the most exciting rookie runner thus far. His lack of size is against him, but he can scoot. Two Eagles were asked how the Packers look from their viewpoints. Coach Buck Shaw faced Green Bay many times as San Francisco leader and quarterback Norm Van Brocklin often encountered the Packers when he was with the Los Angeles Rams. "It's kind of hard to say off an exhibition game and this early in the season," Shaw said. "But I'd have to say the Packers looked much better balanced than they used to. They play hard. Their material seems quite a bit better." Van Brocklin agreed with the coach and then said, "They were really socking. Their spirit is high. Of course, the last time I saw them (late last season) they didn't have any incentive. So it's hard to compare, but they look a lot better to me."
PACKERS CUT DOWN TO LIMIT
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - By trading center Mike Hudock and asking waivers on six other players, including veterans Ernie Danjean and Frank Purnell, the Packers have cut their roster to the NFL limit of 47. Danjean, a linebacker from Auburn, and Purnell, a fullback from Alcorn A&M, were in their second seasons with the Packers. Hudock, traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an undisclosed choice in the next NFL draft, was making his second try with the Packers. He missed the 1957 season because of an injury. He played college ball at Miami. Rookies waived by the Packers were Neal Habing, center from Purdue who started for the College All-Stars in their game with the Detroit Lions last month; Bobby Lance, a halfback from Florida; Harry Horton, defensive end from Wichita, and Roy Hodge, halfback from Toledo. Halfback Earl Wayne Miller of Baylor was placed on the injured reserve list. He recently underwent surgery for an old leg injury. Included on the Packer list of 47 players are four service returnees.
LAME PACKERS OUT OF GAME AT BOSTON
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said Thursday that four Green Bay Packers would probably be sidelined by injuries for the NFL exhibition game against the New York Giants at Boston Saturday night. The four players, all injured in Green Bay's 20-17 triumph over Philadelphia on Labor Day, are end Gary Knafelc, guard Hank Bullough, tackle Ken Gray and fullback Paul Hornung. Knafelc, Gray and Bullough have leg troubles and Hornung a bruised hip. McLean said that he was generally pleased with the line blocking after looking at the movies. "They had them moved out of these several times," he said, "but the backs didn't get to the hole in time or ran wide of it. It's a matter of timing. Except for penalties nullifying some good gains, our rushing yardage would have been almost as good as our passing."