PACK MAY GET ONE 'ANSWER' IN SKIN TILT
SEPT 9 (Greensboro, NC-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers may get an answer to one of their most pressing 1955 problems when they oppose the Washington Redskins in their fifth non-league game at neighboring Winston-Salem Saturday night. The man who can provide it is Joe Skibinski, bulky guard obtained in a late July trade with the Cleveland Browns as a potential replacement for Al Barry at left offensive guard. The Packers also acquired tackle Bill Lucky in the swap that sent Art Hunter to the Browns. Skibinski will start against the Redskins tomorrow night, replacing Jack Spinks, Head Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. It will be the first major test for the stocky Purdue alumnus, who has been hobbled by a sprained ankle since the day he arrived at the Packers' training camp in Stevens Point. A hale Skibinski well could put new life into the Packers' ground offensive, which has been on the inconsistent side in their last two starts against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, both of them losing ventures. Joe will be the only new member of the starting offensive platoon against the 'Skins, Blackbourn indicated. The rest of the alignment will include Gary Knafelc and Bill Howton at end, Len Szafaryn and Tom Dahms at tackle, Buddy Brown at right guard, Jim Ringo at center and Tobin Rote, Joe Johnson, Breezy Reid and Howie Ferguson in the backfield...WILL SEE LITTLE ACTION: Johnson will be stationed as a flanker in the new system Blackbourn has installed to compensate for the loss of Al Carmichael, who suffered a shoulder dislocation in the Eagle match and will be sidelined for at least two more weeks. Blackbourn said that another Packer "white hope", Jim Philbee, will see little if any action tomorrow night. Philbee, regarded as a possible replacement for the departed Max McGee at left end, reported to the club Wednesday afternoon, leaving Canadian football. "It we use him at all, it will be only on kickoffs and punt returns," Liz said, adding, "he's a 9.7 man in the 100-yard dash, you know. But he's got an awful lot to learn about our system. In fact, he'll have a terrific job picking up all he has to learn." The Packer defense will be strengthened against the Redskins by the return of Bill Forester, who missed last Saturday's Eagle engagement because his son was stricken with polio on Friday. Forester, middle guard in the Bays' defensive alignment, rejoined the squad Tuesday. Liz said there may be one change in the defensive platoon. It would have Jim Temp, who has been "coming along pretty well," at right end in place of Nate Borden. The other starters will be John Martinkovic at left end, tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner, linebackers Deral Teteak and Roger Zatkoff and backs Billy Bookout, Doyle Nix, Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker.
PACKERS PLAY IN EAST AGAIN
SEPT 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Smarting under three straight defeats since they beat the New York Giants in their first game a month ago, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to halt their exhibition slide when they meet the Washington Redskins Saturday night. Green Bay ruled a one point favorite. The Packers will be without Al Carmichael, veteran halfback, who suffered a shoulder separation in last week's game with Philadelphia, but will have middle guard Bill Forester again. Forester missed last week's game because of his son's illness in Green Bay.
PACKERS PASS 'GLUE' TO ENDS
SEPT 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers will be out to hang on to Tobin Rote's pitches and break a three-game losing streak Saturday night when they meet the Redskins at Winston-Salem, NC in the fifth exhibition game of the season. Failures to hang on to the football cost the Packers a 24-20 defeat by the Eagles last Saturday. Nine perfect passes from Rote were dropped during the course of the game. An offensive stepup has been the theme of drills at Greensboro, NC this week where coach Liz Blackbourn has been ironing out flaws. The Packers will break their eastern camp Saturday and return to Green Bay Sunday. Blackbourn received disturbing news when it was reported halfback Al Carmichael had suffered a dislocated shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' game and will be be lost for at least two weeks. No other injuries were incurred, although Rote had to sit out part of the game when he was shaken up...Jim Philbee, drafted by the Packers in the 19th round in 1953, has joined the club after a trial with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian League. A former track star, Philbee qualified for the Olympics as a hurdler. Blackbourn will try Philbee as an end, hoping he will be the answer to the problem created by the departure of Max McGee...Dick Deschaine, rookie punter from Menominee, MI, continued his sensational punting against the Eagles. On seven punts, Deschaine had a 45.9 average. That gives him a three-game average of 46.9 on 19 punts...Norm Nygaard, recently obtained from the Los Angeles Rams, is considered one of the finest backs in San Diego State College history. He was the Rams' fourth choice in 1954 but plays with San Diego last season. Nygaard set an all-time school rushing record in 1952 with 1,116 yards. Last season, he was named to the Little All-American eleven and was all-league for three straight years.