Head Coach Mike McCarthy declared after practice that Daryn Colledge has won the starting LG job and would be the team’s starter there in Week 1 at Philadelphia. The LG position was really the only undecided one on the offensive line throughout camp, with first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga competing against Colledge.
The following players sat out practice entirely on Sunday: S Will Blackmon (knee), CB Brandon Underwood (shoulder), RB Quinn Porter (knee), T/G Allen Barbre (back), DE Jarius Wynn (concussion), and the three PUP players — S Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring).
McCarthy said the injury to Underwood is to the same shoulder he’s had surgery on previously, so the medical staff is being cautious with him.
Not suiting up in pads and going through the opening jog-through portion of practice only were: LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), T/G Bryan Bulaga (hip), T Chad Clifton (knee swelling) and DE Cullen Jenkins (calf).
McCarthy said Matthews has a chance to play Thursday in Kansas City, Bulaga could practice on Monday, Bishop should be ready for Week 1, and Jenkins is the furthest away in that injured group.
LB Brad Jones, who has been battling a shoulder injury, started practice in pads to test out a shoulder harness but did not actually practice with the team. McCarthy said he has a chance to play in Kansas City.
During team work, with Jenkins out, rookie DE Mike Neal was taking snaps with the No. 1 base and nickel defenses. With Clifton and Bulaga out, T.J. Lang was taking the first-team reps at LT. With Matthews and Jones out, LBs Brady Poppinga and Frank Zombo were the No. 1 tandem at OLB.
Also, with Underwood out, CB Sam Shields was getting most of the snaps as the nickel corner, ahead of CB Pat Lee.
Even this late in the preseason, there’s no lapse in the fundamental drills. DL coach Mike Trgovac was still doing his little golf ball drill on Monday, where the defensive linemen have to shuffle back and forth to scoop up a golf ball that Trgovac rolls in their direction. It’s a drill designed to force the defensive linemen to stay low.
During 11-on-11 work, both sides of the ball made their share of plays. QB Aaron Rodgers zipped a middle seam throw to TE Jermichael Finley, QB Graham Harrell found WR Greg Jennings with a nice deep ball behind the defense, and QB Matt Flynn went deep over the middle to WR Jordy Nelson for a big gain.
Defensively, LB Brandon Chillar made a leaping INT of a Rodgers pass, S Morgan Burnett picked off a deep throw from Flynn when WR Jason Chery didn’t turn back for the ball, and CB Jarrett Bush made an athletic INT when he deflected Harrell’s pass intended for WR Brett Swain and corralled it himself.
In a couple of other minor notes, LB Robert Francois was practicing at OLB, where he began training camp, but that may be simply a numbers decision at the position due to injuries. Francois has seen his preseason game action on the inside. Also, P Tim Masthay was doing more kickoff duty in practice, continuing what he started in the last preseason game.
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