PRO:Began his NFL career on the Detroit Lions practice squad in 2012.
COLLEGE:A two-time first team All-Mountain West selection, Messina finished his career with the Lobos as the Mountain West all-time leader in tackles with 454, as well as third on the school’s career tackles list.
2011:First team All- Mountain West after leading the conference in tackles with 142 for the third-consecutive season, also finishing tied for sixth nationally.
2010:Second team All-Mountain West.
2009:Named first team All-Mountain West in addition to Honorable Mention All-America recognition by both CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com.
2008:Made his lone start in week six at Wyoming as a redshirt freshman and had 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) were all held out of Wednesday's practice.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had no problem erasing the memory of the only blemish on his record in a five-year run of success against the Lions.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Wednesday's practice including the need to score more points, sticking with Nate Freese and more.
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