A handful of veterans were given the morning off, with cornerback Charles Woodson, linebackers Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett, center Scott Wells, tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, defensive ends Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett, wide receiver Donald Driver and tight end Donald Lee all sitting out practice.
With three starters on the offensive line sitting out, the No. 1 line featured Bryan Bulaga at left tackle, Daryn Colledge at left guard, Evan Dietrich-Smith at center, Josh Sitton at right guard, and Breno Giacomini at right tackle.
With Jenkins and Pickett out, Justin Harrell worked at the starting left end spot with rookie Mike Neal at right end.
A pair of rookies that have missed time of late due to injuries, linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Andrew Quarless, were full participants in Thursday morning’s practice.
Continuing to sit out were wide receiver Brett Swain (knee), safeties Will Blackmon (knee) and Derrick Martin (ankle), and linebackers Alex Joseph (quad), Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Cyril Obiozor (calf). The three players on the PUP list, safety Atari Bigby (ankle), cornerback Al Harris (knee) and running back James Starks (hamstring), remained out.
With the team so short-handed at linebacker this morning, tight end Spencer Havner worked with the defense at inside linebacker. He is expected to see some time at linebacker on Saturday night in the preseason opener.
In team (11-on-11) work, quarterback Matt Flynn hooked up with tight end Jermichael Finley on a sideline route, and Finley did a nice job of getting both feet down for the reception.
Wide receiver Charles Dillon made a nice catch over the middle, hauling in a low throw from Flynn.
Cornerback Sam Shields made the defensive play of the day, jumping a pass intended for wide receiver Jason Chery from Flynn. Shields’ interception was a one-handed grab with his right hand, and would have gone for a touchdown.
Quarless made a leaping catch over the middle on a pass from quarterback Graham Harrell with linebacker Robert Francois covering.
Kicker Mason Crosby was good from 48 yards out but missed a 49-yarder wide right in a run-on situation.
The Packers are back on the field tonight at 6:30 p.m. for their final open practice before Saturday night’s preseason opener against Cleveland.
Click here for Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice press conference transcript, and here for today’s Feature Story on A.J. Hawk. Check back tonight for the Training Camp Report and a report from Thursday night’s practice.
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