Thursday evening practice report

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 19, 2010 – 9:03 pm

LB A.J. Hawk was added to the injury list with a sprained ankle sustained during the morning workout. He sat out Thursday night, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he would be evaluated further on Friday to determine his availability for Saturday’s game.

Also sitting out were S Will Blackmon (knee) and DE Ronald Talley (knee), who are on one-a-day schedules, LBs Alex Joseph (quad) and Clay Matthews (hamstring), RB Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), DE Justin Harrell (excused, personal matter) and the three PUP players — S Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring).

McCarthy wasn’t sure if Harrell would be making the trip to Seattle. That was going to be determined Friday.

Spencer Havner continued to work at LB for the second practice in a row. CB Charles Woodson and WR Donald Driver both worked more on the scout teams than on their respective first units. McCarthy said after practice that the coaching staff was considering resting both of them this weekend and not having them play in Seattle.

Former Packers offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis was on the sidelines observing practice.

It was a good night for the punters and kicker. Both punters worked on punting from the back of their own end zone, and on pooch punts going toward the other end zone. The most notable thing for both was their hang time. Both punters also worked on different end-over-end pooch punts that appeared to be pretty effective.

K Mason Crosby went 6-for-6 in a FG period, hitting from 28, 33, 36, 40, 45 and 53 yards out. P Chris Bryan did all the holding for Crosby, and he will be the holder on Saturday night in Seattle. P Tim Masthay was Crosby’s holder in the first preseason game.

The team (11-on-11) periods were rather competitive for a shells (non-padded) practice. Players were in a positive, spirited mood, perhaps because Thursday was their last two-a-day of camp. They also moved out of the St. Norbert College dorms this week.

QB Aaron Rodgers was particularly sharp in team work, turning in several good plays. He hit TE Jermichael Finley on a crossing route to open the first team period, and then later during red zone work, he hit back-to-back TD throws on post routes to WR Charles Dillon and TE Donald Lee. Rodgers also made a pinpoint deep throw to Finley for a big gain during 7-on-7 work, while Dillon had the lucky grab of the night, snagging a Matt Flynn pass that deflected off the shoulder of Finley and right into his arms.

The defense made its share of plays, too, maybe more. Woodson picked off a Flynn pass by stepping in front of WR Patrick Williams. Because Woodson was taking scout team reps, that prompted assistant head coach Winston Moss to jokingly holler at him, “You’re not even supposed to be out there,” to which Woodson replied, “Yes I am,” with a laugh.

Also getting INTs during team work were LB Desmond Bishop, defending against TE Tom Crabtree (Bishop earlier in the period had swatted down a pass near the line); NT B.J. Raji, who batted a QB Graham Harrell pass into the air at the line of scrimmage and then ran under it and made the pick; and S Nick Collins in the end zone during red zone work. S Derrick Martin also had an INT during 7-on-7.

Practice ended with the No. 2 offense going against the No. 2 defense in the 2-minute drill. The offense was on its own 40 with 1:11 left and one timeout, needing a touchdown.

Flynn got the drive going with a short pass to WR Chastin West, and then he hit WR Brett Swain for back-to-back big gains. The first one, on fourth-and-5 to keep the drive alive, went for about 18 yards on an out route, and then on the very next snap, he hit Swain deep down the middle for 27 yards to the 12-yard line. After a spike to stop the clock and two incomplete passes, it came down to fourth down with 15 seconds left. Under some pressure, Flynn scrambled to his left and fired to Williams, who made a diving catch along the left sideline of the end zone for the score.

That’s the last public practice prior to Saturday’s preseason game No. 2, in Seattle. Thursday’s Training Camp Report is right here.

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