Thursday evening practice report

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 12, 2010 – 8:57 pm

WR Donald Driver and LB Nick Barnett both returned to practice for the evening session, which was changed from a full-pads practice to shells only. Head Coach Mike McCarthy stopped short of saying both would play in Saturday’s game, explaining that they would be evaluated again on Friday.

New to the injury list was OL T.J. Lang, who sustained a bruised quad in the morning workout. McCarthy indicated he may not play on Saturday.

One-a-day players S Derrick Martin (ankle) and WR Brett Swain (knee) were back in the evening after sitting out in the morning. Remaining out were S Will Blackmon (knee), LB Alex Joseph (quad), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Cyril Obiozor (calf) and G/C Jason Spitz (calf). The three PUP players — S Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring) also remained out.

The QBs had a remarkable run during their hoop tosses. From about 40 yards away, in a stretch of five straight throws, Matt Flynn hit the rim, Graham Harrell put one in, Aaron Rodgers hit both the bottom and top of the rim and the ball ricocheted away, Flynn put one in, and then Harrell put another one in.  Three in and two rim shots in five throws.  Pretty impressive.

During the first team (11-on-11) period, the defense was definitely getting the better of things. CB Sam Shields had a nice break-up on a lob pass to WR Patrick Williams. CB Brandon Underwood nearly picked off a short pass intended for WR Chastin West, and a deflected ball was almost picked off by a converging Underwood and S Morgan Burnett, though thankfully they did not collide. DE Cullen Jenkins then batted down a pass before the defense finally got an INT, with Underwood snagging a deflected pass that S Charlie Peprah had broken up, intended for WR Charles Dillon.

In 7-on-7, TE Tom Crabtree made a tough catch along the sideline with Burnett right on him. Both players got their hands on the ball, but Crabtree snatched it away. It was a good recovery by Crabtree after he dropped a low sideline throw in the previous team period. He was practicing with what appeared to be some sort of extra wrap on his left hand.

K Mason Crosby went 3-for-3 in a FG period, hitting from 28, 30 and 36 yards out, with P Tim Masthay as his holder.

In team red-zone period, CB Jarrett Bush nicely deflected a deep post throw from Rodgers intended for Swain in the end zone. Bush then had tight coverage on Williams over the middle, but the young receiver was able to make a nice diving catch anyway on Flynn’s throw.

DE Ryan Pickett copied Jenkins’ feat from the previous team period and batted down a pass right at the line of scrimmage. Burnett then had a nice break-up along the sideline of a pass intended for TE Andrew Quarless.

Rodgers found WR James Jones for a TD along the left sideline, as Jones leaped and hauled in the pass with Shields right on him. CB Tramon Williams then ended the period with an INT.

The final period was a 2-minute drill with Harrell running the No. 3 offense, which needed a touchdown. Harrell hit passes to five different receivers — Crabtree, Dillon, Quarless, WR Jason Chery and RB Kregg Lumpkin, moving the ball all the way to the defense’s 12-yard line and then spiking it with 3 seconds left. On the final play, Harrell bought time, scrambled to his right and fired to a diving Williams along the end zone sideline. Williams made the catch but was ruled out of bounds.

That does it for this week. Friday’s practice is closed to the public and media, and Saturday’s preseason opener against Cleveland kicks off at 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field.

The full Training Camp Report from Thursday is right here.

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