Mason Crosby survived one of the worst seasons of his career by putting together five of his best

.The veteran Green Bay Packers kicker isn't
looking at what happened in 2012 Cheap
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, when he made just 21 of 33 field-goal
attempts, as a pathway to bouncing back from a nightmarish performance last week
at Detroit.Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point, those 13 lost
points looming large in a 31-23 loss Sunday. He had never missed more than two
kicks in a game in his 12-year career."I look at what happened on Sunday as I'm
lumping it into one kick, one entity," Crosby said Friday. "That was a game,
that was a moment, that I couldn't have ever imagined happening, but it did
happen and I can learn from it. I don't reset, I don't go looking for things.
It's more, all right, get back into it. What am I going to do better this week?
How am I going to improve?"So far this week, it's been good getting out at
practice, hitting the ball, trusting that I've done this for 12 years in the NFL
and a long time before that. What went down on Sunday is unacceptable for the
career I've had, but it did happen and I'm going to be better off because of
it."That's what the Packers are counting on heading into Monday night's game
against San Francisco.The Packers didn't bring in any veteran kickers for a
workout this week. Just like in 2012 Cheap
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, they're banking on Crosby's body of
work."You talk about hitting a bump in the hit, I mean, he hit a boulder, for
God's sake," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's the same guy. He's working at it.
Personally, you root for a guy like Mason because he exemplifies what a Green
Bay Packer is. He'll be back to normal."Change has become the new normal for
Crosby.From 2010 through 2015, Crosby had the same snapper (Brett Goode) and
holder (Tim Masthay). This marks the third consecutive season with a new
operation, with Green Bay drafting JK Scott in the fifth round to handle the
punting and holding and Hunter Bradley in the seventh to handle the
snapping.Bradley has had a few off-target snaps, but the snapper-holder
combination wasn't to blame on any of Crosby's five missed kicks."I just
couldn't find the line," Crosby said. "The ball wasn't going through. I'm not
going to overreact, overthink on it. The biggest disappointment for me was not
doing my job in helping this team win. I need to make those kicks to help this
team win. Honestly, whenever that happens, that's what I feel the most is
letting my teammates down."Special teams coordinator Ron Zook likes what he has
seen this week."I think he's probably a little bit more zoned-in," he said.
"Mason has always been a pro since I've been around him. I'm not one bit worried
about him."NOTES: QB Aaron Rodgers was a full participant in practice after
aggravating his injured left knee when tackled by Lions LB Christian Jones on
the opening possession. "Kind of a step back to last week, the beginning of the
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," Rodgers said. He wore a new, lighter brace in that
game and hopes he'll be able to wear it again against the 49ers. ... RT Bryan
Bulaga (knee) and backup Jason Spriggs (ankle) were added to the injury report
as limited participation. If Bulaga plays against San Francisco, he'll line up
next to RG Byron Bell, who has taken over that position for Justin McCray, who
started the first three games. "Been consistent. He has a lot of experience,"
coach Mike McCarthy said. Running out of receivers, Miami Dolphins coach Adam
Gase pressed running back Kenyan Drake into duty as a wideout with a quick
tutorial."We were telling Kenyan, 'Run straight, turn left,'" Gase said. "We
were trying to get creative. It'll be interesting to see how we do it this
week."The Dolphins (4-3) need all of their inventiveness — and some
reinforcements — to address a void difficult to fill.Dynamic receiver Albert
Wilson's hip injury is likely season-ending, Gase said Monday, although a visit
to a specialist was planned before a final determination. Also ruled out of
Thursday's game at Houston was receiver Kenny Stills with a groin injury.Wilson
and Stills — who have four touchdown catches each — were hurt in Sunday's loss
to Detroit. Another receiver, DeVante Parker, has been nursing a quadriceps
injury and was inactive, which is how Drake became an emergency
receiver.Compounding turmoil at the position ,
Parker's agent, Jimmy Gould, questioned Gase's competence and complained that
his client is healthy and should be playing.Parker will be back in the lineup
against the Texans."We don't have any more receivers," Gase said, managing a
slight smile. "So I'm sure he's going to play."One or two receivers from the
practice squad will likely be promoted. At quarterback, Brock Osweiler will make
his third start in place of Ryan Tannehill, still sidelined by a throwing
shoulder injury."I'm sure a lot of people are probably counting us out with all
these injuries and new guys we're going to be playing," Osweiler said. "But
that's what makes this fun. It's going to be an us-against-the-world mentality,
and we're going to have fun with it."Another receiver, Danny Amendola, was
limited in practice Monday because of a shoulder injury. Even Osweiler was on
the injury report with a sore back, but Gase said that issue wasn't serious.The
32-21 loss to Detroit knocked Miami out of first place in the AFC East, and the
defense looked like a cellar-dweller, allowing 248 yards rushing and forcing
only one punt all afternoon.But that performance was overshadowed by the
injuries at receiver, particularly the deflating loss of Wilson.He leads the
Dolphins with 391 yards receiving on 26 receptions ,
including touchdowns of 75, 74 and 43 yards, and a 52-yard touchdown pass. He
was on the verge of another long score when hurt while being tripped up in the
open field."I saw him at halftime," Gase said, "and he was like, 'Man, I was one
step away from taking it to the house.'"I was like, 'Yeah, I wish you would
have.' We wouldn't be in the position we're in right now."Gase said there was a
"very high possibility" the injury was season-ending. Stills' injury is less
severe, but the timetable for his return is uncertain.The same is true with
Tannehill. He'll likely start throwing this week, but that doesn't mean his
return is imminent."I don't know if it's going to be an NFL football," Gase
said. He added jokingly, "We'll grab one of our kids' nerf balls."
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