Head Coach Mike McCarthy said safety Atari Bigby, who has been sidelined the first week of camp due to an ankle injury, will have surgery on Friday in North Carolina. McCarthy did not put a timetable on Bigby’s return, but after practice in the locker room, Bigby said the surgery was just an arthroscopic procedure and that he does not expect to miss significant time.
Guard Daryn Colledge (elbow), linebacker Brad Jones (back) and guard/tackle Marshall Newhouse (concussion) were all back on the practice field Thursday morning after missing time due to their injuries.
Wide receiver Jeff Moturi (knee), running back James Starks (hamstring), and cornerback Al Harris (knee) continued to sit out.
Safety Will Blackmon (knee), defensive end Ronald Talley (knee), safety Derrick Martin (ankle) and wide receiver Brett Swain (knee) also took the morning off. They have all been on the one-a-day schedule during camp and are expected to be back for tonight’s practice.
McCarthy also gave several veterans the morning off, with tackles Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, center Scott Wells, wide receiver Donald Driver, tight end Donald Lee, defensive ends Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins, linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar, and cornerback Charles Woodson all getting a morning of rest.
The defense finished off both two-minute periods with takeaways, with cornerback Pat Lee battling wide receiver James Jones for a ball near the sideline to pick off an Aaron Rodgers pass. Linebacker Robert Francois also intercepted a Graham Harrell pass that was tipped at the line.
The first offense performed better during a no-huddle period, with the highlight being a nice throw from Rodgers down the seam to wide receiver James Jones for a big gain.
Check back soon for the full transcript of McCarthy’s post-practice press conference.
The Packers are back on the field for practice again tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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