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News & notes: Sharp two-minute drill for offense

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 2, 2013 – 10:12 pm

Friday night’s practice ended with a crisply executed two-minute drill during which QB Aaron Rodgers needed just four snaps and 36 seconds to score a TD.

QB Aaron Rodgers

QB Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers began the drive with back-to-back 15-yard completions to WR Jeremy Ross. He then hit WR James Jones down the sideline for a 25-yard gain before zipping a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley. The drive began with just 56 seconds on the clock and the offense needing a touchdown. Rodgers was 4-for-4 for 70 yards, and the score came with 20 seconds to spare.

“The two-minute drive was very clean for the offense,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Aaron was very sharp. It was clean on every single play. He does a phenomenal job with the cadence. Obviously he had the big play there (to Jones), and the ball to Jermichael. That was very well done.”

Other notes and observations:

–LB Nate Palmer (shoulder) returned to practice, but the injury list lengthened with WR Jordy Nelson (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (quad) and LB Jamari Lattimore (illness) missing practice. Also, LB Brad Jones (finger) dropped out of practice.

–The absences of Lattimore and Jones at inside linebacker led to rookie seventh-round draft pick Sam Barrington taking a series of reps alongside A.J. Hawk with the first defense in team work. Earlier in practice, Barrington had a thunderous collision with FB John Kuhn in the half-line running drill that was perhaps the loudest pop of pads in camp thus far.

–CB Davon House was working with the first defense instead of rookie CB Micah Hyde, and House had an up-and-down night. In a lengthy team (11-on-11) segment, House was beaten deep by WR Jarrett Boykin, who hauled in a perfect rainbow from Rodgers. Later, House had solid coverage deep on WR Alex Gillett, leading to QB Graham Harrell’s pass falling incomplete.

–RB James Starks continued a solid first week of camp with an impressive rep in the one-on-one blitz pickup drill against the outside linebackers. Rather inconsistent through his career picking up blitzes, Starks cleanly kept Palmer at bay.

–After a sloppy practice on Thursday, the ball was still on the ground too much. On the aforementioned collision between Barrington and Kuhn in the half-line run drill, RB Angelo Pease ended up fumbling the ball. A few snaps earlier in that drill, there was a botched QB-C exchange between Harrell and Patrick Lewis.

Also, during team work, DL Johnny Jolly burst into the backfield and stripped RB Alex Green of the ball. CB Brandon Smith recovered for the defense.

“Good play for the defense, bad play for the offense,” McCarthy said. “I thought it was a good play by Johnny, it’s unacceptable by Alex. That’s part of training against one another.”

Overall, McCarthy was pleased with the workout heading into the Family Night scrimmage, which will feature the first live tackling of training camp.

“I thought it was a good practice,” McCarthy said. “The energy is where it needs to be. That’s our seventh install practice of eight, so I feel very good about where we are schematically.”

–Updates were posted earlier on Friday featuring the Packers’ running game and the inside LB combination of Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk.


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Wide receivers all return to practice on Thurs.

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 10, 2013 – 1:52 pm

All three Packers WRs who missed practice on Wednesday were back on the field Thursday during the portion of the workout open to the media.

Jordy Nelson (ankle), Randall Cobb (illness) and Jarrett Boykin (ankle) all returned to practice for the final day of preparations for Saturday night’s NFC Divisional Playoff game in San Francisco.

Also, rookie S Jerron McMillian (personal issue) was back on the practice field Thursday as well.

Mike McCarthy will address the media one final time this week following practice.

Post-practice update: Boykin actually is listed as “did not participate,” even though he was dressed and had his helmet with him at practice. McCarthy said he would not be ready this week.

Cobb and Nelson were both listed as limited, and it’s expected both will be available to play. McCarthy said Cobb is still under the weather a bit but he should be fine. Nelson ran several deep routes and “looked pretty good,” McCarthy said.

“We’ll be good to go come Saturday,” Nelson said. “Guys are ready to go.”


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Cobb, Nelson, Boykin, McMillian all miss practice Wed.

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 9, 2013 – 12:42 pm

The state of the Packers’ receiving corps is suddenly in a bit of doubt after WRs Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin all were absent from practice on Wednesday during the portion of the workout open to reporters.

Nelson didn’t play a full game last week, while Boykin missed it entirely. Both were listed on the injury report. Cobb missed the regular-season finale at Minnesota due to ankle and knee injuries, but it isn’t known if his absence on Wednesday was related to that. Mike McCarthy will address the media and issue the first injury report of the week following practice.

Also, S Jerron McMillian missed practice for the second straight day, and veteran C Jeff Saturday appeared very limited and was not participating in the drills with his position group.

Post-practice update: McCarthy said he wasn’t overly concerned about the receiver position for Saturday. Cobb was home due to illness, and the coach is “hopeful” Nelson can practice on Thursday. Nelson has been dealing with an “ongoing” ankle issue.

McMillian has been absent due to a personal issue and was supposed to be traveling back to Green Bay on Wednesday, McCarthy said.


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Nelson, McMillian not at practice on Tues.

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 8, 2013 – 4:45 pm

WR Jordy Nelson and S Jerron McMillian were not at practice on Tuesday during the portion of the workout open to the media.

On the other side of the injury equation, TE Jermichael Finley (hamstring) and WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle) were practicing. Finley left last Saturday’s wild-card game, while Boykin was inactive.

Mike McCarthy will be addressing the media shortly.


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Tramon Williams probable for Packers; Ponder, Winfield questionable for Vikings

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 4, 2013 – 2:26 pm

Tramon WilliamsPackers CB Tramon Williams, who missed Thursday’s practice due to illness, is listed as probable on the injury report for Saturday night’s game.

Of the four Packers pass-catchers on the injury report, only WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle) is out. WR Randall Cobb, WR Jordy Nelson and TE Jermichael Finley are all probable.

Also listed as probable are RB Alex Green, CB Davon House and DB Charles Woodson.

RB James Starks (knee) is listed as questionable, while DE Jerel Worthy (knee) is out. Worthy’s injury is season-ending.

The Vikings are listing two starters as questionable — QB Christian Ponder (elbow) and CB Antoine Winfield (hand). Ponder developed a sore elbow following a hit from Packers S Morgan Burnett on a blitz last Sunday but finished the game without incident. Winfield tried to play with a soft cast on his broken hand but removed himself from the game by halftime.

The only player the Vikings have ruled out is backup LB Tyrone McKenzie (shoulder). The other eight Vikings on the injury report — including starters DE Jared Allen, DE Brian Robison, S Harrison Smith and RB Adrian Peterson — are all probable.


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Jordy Nelson back at practice on Wed.

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 2, 2013 – 12:10 pm

WR Jordy Nelson returned to the practice field on Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s jog-through workout due to a knee injury he sustained last Sunday in Minnesota.

Not practicing during the media portion of Wednesday’s workout were WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle) and DE Jerel Worthy (knee). RB James Starks (knee) was once again dressed for practice but appeared to be observing only.

Mike McCarthy will provide an update after practice.

Update: McCarthy announced that Worthy is out for the rest of the season with his knee injury.

Nelson told reporters that he plans to play but stopped short of guaranteeing he’d be on the field. McCarthy said the team doctors have “some concerns” about Nelson’s knee.


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Randall Cobb in, Jordy Nelson out at practice Tues.

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 1, 2013 – 4:38 pm

WR Randall Cobb was practicing during the media portion of the Packers’ jog-thru workout on Tuesday, but WR Jordy Nelson was not.

Cobb missed last week’s game with knee and ankle injuries but appears on track to return this week for the rematch in the NFC Wild Card playoff against the Vikings. Nelson injured his knee in last Sunday’s game at the Metrodome and came out briefly but returned to catch a game-tying TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Also not practicing on Tuesday were WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle) and DE Jerel Worthy (knee), who both left Sunday’s game with injuries.

CB Davon House was back at practice after missing last week’s game, and DB Charles Woodson continued to practice and could be on track to return after missing the final nine games of the regular season.

At running back, Alex Green didn’t play in last Sunday’s game but was practicing. Also, RB James Starks was at practice with helmet in hand, but in the portion open to the media did not appear to be participating.

Mike McCarthy will address the media after practice, near the top of the hour.

Post-practice update: Cobb spoke with reporters after practice and said he expects to play on Saturday.

“It was about a 50-50 decision,” Cobb said of sitting out last Sunday in Minnesota. “We felt it was the best option to hold out and I think I’ll be ready to go this week.”

McCarthy declined to comment on Nelson’s absence from practice, however, only saying he’d have more information on Wednesday. The first official injury report of the week will be on Wednesday.


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Randall Cobb will test ankle on Friday

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 27, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Randall CobbWR Randall Cobb said he’s feeling better every day, and the plan is to have him test his injured ankle on Friday to see if he can play on Sunday in Minnesota. He’s not making any promises, but he’s giving himself a chance.

“I think it’s a possibility,” Cobb said on Thursday after he observed practice. “We’re going to take it day by day and see where we are on Sunday.”

Cobb is thankful to feel the way he does right now because he was admittedly worried when he was injured on a third-quarter punt return against Tennessee. He exited the field and went to the locker room under his own power, but he said that’s because of who was watching.

“I jogged off the field because my mom was there,” Cobb said. “My mom, I know she was crazy in the stands. That’s the only reason I jogged off the field.

“Sunday, I was hurting pretty bad. When I woke up Monday, I felt a lot better. Just trying to get better each day.”

Cobb is listed on the injury report with both ankle and knee injuries, but he said the ankle is the bigger issue.

Mike McCarthy said earlier this week he wasn’t pulling Cobb off of return duties despite the increased risk, and Cobb likes it that way.

“I love football, I love being on the field,” he said. “I think if I wasn’t on returns, it would take away form who I am and what I do.

“Statistically, it may show that (there’s greater injury risk on special teams), but this is a physical, dangerous game that we play. At any given time, your career could end.

“You can’t go out there and play scared. You’ve got to go out there and play ball, regardless of what play it is, if it’s special teams, offense or defense.”

Fellow WR Jordy Nelson, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, was a full participant in Thursday’s full-pads practice and appears on track to return to the field.

“I’m not thinking about it,” Nelson said of his hamstring, which he has tweaked twice this season. “I don’t think you can. Going into it, you have to have the confidence that you’re ready to go. I have through he rehab I’ve done, the testing I’ve done, and obviously a week of practice. We’ve got one more day to continue to feel it out, and we’ll be ready to roll.”


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Several players miss practice Wed.

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 19, 2012 – 12:24 pm

A total of nine players were not practicing on Wednesday during the portion of the workout open to the media.

Those whose injuries are known include RB James Starks (knee), TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and DE C.J. Wilson (knee).

But five additional players, who all played in last Sunday’s game but were not yet reported to have new injuries, also sat out. They were RB Alex Green, C Jeff Saturday, G/T T.J. Lang, LB Erik Walden and DE Jerel Worthy. Saturday (foot) and Lang (ankle) have been on the injury report in recent weeks.

Mike McCarthy will address the media with an update following practice.


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Sitton not at practice on Friday

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 14, 2012 – 12:01 pm

RG Josh Sitton was not at practice on Friday during the portion of the workout open to reporters. Sitton has not been on the Packers’ injury list this week. An update from Mike McCarthy will be coming after practice.

Other than that, the Packers’ participation at practice remained unchanged from Thursday. Neither WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), nor DE C.J. Wilson (knee) has returned to the field yet.


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