GREEN BAY – Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will coach in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New York Giants on Sunday at Lambeau Field, according to a CBS Sports report.
Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael, drowned in the icy Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus in the early morning hours of last Sunday.
Speaking at halftime of the New England Patriots-Denver Broncos AFC Divisional Playoff game, NFL on CBS host James Brown, citing reporter Leslie Visser, said Philbin “will be with the Packers tomorrow and will participate.”
A Packers source confirmed Saturday night that Philbin will indeed be at Lambeau Field for the game: "He will be there," the source said.
Later, another Packers source said Philbin's role/attendance for Sunday had not been officially decided.
"Joe is going to sleep on it," the source said.
Philbin had been away from the team since learning of Michael’s disappearance Sunday. He visted the team Saturday, one day after his son's funeral.
Speaking Friday, kicker Mason Crosby, who with wife Molly is close to Philbin and his wife Diane, didn’t rule out the possibility of Philbin coaching against the Giants.
“Especially after seeing him (Thursday) night (at the visitation), it’s going to be tough. But I don’t know,” Crosby said. “I don’t know if there’s a thought that having the service on Friday gives him a chance to come back. I know he wants to be around the players and coaches. He has a lot of close friends here on the team. It’ll be interesting. They’ll get through today, and I’m sure he’ll feel that out and make a decision what’s best for him and the family.”
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