With several players still nursing injuries, Head Coach Mike McCarthy cut Tuesday night’s practice a little short, trimming off about 10 minutes from the session.
“This is always a tough practice if you look at the past three years of this format,” McCarthy said. “This is a point in camp where your team is pretty much stressed out. The design of the camp, particularly with the Wednesdays off, is to try to avoid the fatigue injuries as much as possible, and we were headed in that direction, so we cut a little time off.”
The Packers did welcome back the return of linebacker Nick Barnett and defensive end Ronald Talley, who have both missed time of late due to knee injuries.
Continuing to sit out were wide receivers Brett Swain (knee) and Donald Driver (calf), safety Derrick Martin (ankle), linebackers Frank Zombo (ankle), Alex Joseph (quad) and Clay Matthews (hamstring), guard/center Jason Spitz (calf), tight end Andrew Quarless (hamstring), and the three players on PUP, safety Atari Bigby (ankle), cornerback Al Harris (knee) and running back James Starks (hamstring).
Left tackle Chad Clifton dropped out early on because he was ill. McCarthy said Clifton began feeling sick following the afternoon meetings. Allen Barbre took over at left tackle with the first group.
Linebacker Cyril Obiozor dropped out as well with a calf strain. McCarthy said all of the injured players would be evaluated Wednesday morning by the team doctor, Patrick McKenzie.
With the Packers short-handed at linebacker, newly signed linebacker Maurice Simpkins practiced for the first time on Tuesday night. In the corresponding roster move, cornerback Josh Bell was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.
During team work, safety Morgan Burnett picked off an underthrown pass from Aaron Rodgers intended for wide receiver James Jones.
Rodgers made a couple of nice touchdown throws in 7-on-7 drills, rolling out to his right to find running back Brandon Jackson on the sideline in the end zone. He hooked up with wide receiver Greg Jennings nearly the same spot for a touchdown a few plays later. Rodgers also connected with tight end Jermichael Finley on a nice fade route in the end zone over safety Nick Collins.
In red-zone work, Rodgers threw a perfect pass over the shoulder of tight end Donald Lee, who got behind linebacker Desmond Bishop, for the score.
The Packers will take a day off from the practice field Wednesday before the final two-a-day session of the week on Thursday.
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