Quarterback Don Majkowski says his big contract with the Green Bay Packers has not affected his play this season, even though he's struggled to find his form of a year ago. Majkowski would, however, like some help from the team's dormant running game that is averaging just 52 yards per game, 30 yards less than in 1989.
"We've got to get some of the running game going to take some of the pressure off me," said Majkowski, who signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.5-million after holding out for 45 days.
Majkowski, the Packers' leading rusher with 149 yards on 20 carries, has thrown 10 interceptions and is ranked 27th out of 30 NFL quarterbacks with a passing rating of 59.7.
Packers coach Lindy Infante defended Majkowski, who threw five interceptions in the Packers last game against Tampa Bay nearly two weeks ago.
"I think he's trying to play the game the best way he can," Infante said. "Unfortunately we've had some things happen to us that haven't made him look as good as he did at times last year."
Around the league
Chargers: Running back Joe Caravello suffered a dislocated knee cap during practice Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Caravello is an instrumental blocker for the Chargers, who play the Bucs on Sunday.
49ers: Coach George Seifert held little hope that wide receiver John Taylor (sprained knee ligament) could play Sunday against the Browns, and the 49ers downgraded Taylor's status from questionable to doubtful.