Packers cut Tavecchio, but keep kicking competition open
GREEN BAY - The Packers kicking competition is heating up, and taking some strange twists, in the final days of training camp.
The Packers released rookie Giorgio Tavecchio Monday, a move that many believed would make Mason Crosby the team's starting kicker. But Mike McCarthy says he's told Tavecchio that Giorgio is still part of the competition for the kicker position.
McCarthy says Crosby and rookie Zach Ramirez will battle in training camp's last practice Tuesday - and in Thursday's preseason game at Kansas City - and then McCarthy will either choose one of them or call Tavecchio back.
The Packers signed Ramirez, a rookie from Portland State, Sunday.