Linebacker Desmond Bishop and fullback John Kuhn both practiced for the first time on Wednesday since training camp opened as they came off the NFI and PUP lists respectively. “The rules of the new collective bargaining agreement forced Bishop to go in shells today, which meant the Packers starting inside linebacker was limited to jog-through, group and individual drills and no team (11-on-11) periods,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The same goes for tomorrow. He began training camp on the non-football injury list after pulling a calf muscle during a private workout before he reported to training camp.” Rules of the new CBA require players to spend two days in shells before wearing pads. Kuhn is in the same boat as Bishop. Technically Bishop is eligible to wear pads for the first time on Friday in time for the Family Night scrimmage, but it doesn’t appear as if he’ll participate.
More on Desmond Bishop and John Kuhn come from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings also returned to practice on Wednesday, but unlike Bishop and Kuhn, Jennings didn’t start a season on an inactive list. “Three missed practices were enough for Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. “As Green Bay began Day 6 of training camp on Wednesday morning, Jennings was back on the field after suffering an elbow bruise five days earlier.” Presumably, Jennings will be able to participate in Friday’s Family Night scrimmage.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell visited training camp practice on Wednesday and, rather interestingly, claimed he didn’t know if the league had even received an application for reinstatement from suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly. “The fact that the commissioner, who visited Packers practice Wednesday as part of his preseason tour, doesn’t even know if Jolly has applied for reinstatement obviously means he’s not considering his application,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Until the Packers either release Jolly or the NFL makes a definitive judgement on Jolly, this story will continue to linger.
With NFL officials currently being locked out by the NFL in a labor dispute, replacement referees worked at Packers practice on Wednesday. “On Wednesday, a crew of the replacement officials worked the Green Bay Packers practice under the watchful eye of former umpire and NFL supervisor Ed Coukart,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Commissioner Roger Goodell was there as well, although not specifically to see the officials.” What’s interesting is that the replacements are not major college officials. And what’s more is that several retired officials have refused to train the replacements in a show of solidarity with their former union.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt talked about the intriguing competition among players at his position and warns against putting much stock into who’s practicing with the starters on any particular day. ”I’m just rotating guys,” Whitt is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. “You’ll see a new starting corner tomorrow. Then when we get into the practice, who’s practicing better will get more reps. But I’ve had five different guys go out there with the 1s. I don’t know who’s going to be that guy. That’s why you give everybody a fair shot to be that guy.” Whitt did acknowledge the solid play by Davon House but said what matters for all his cornerbacks is how they play when the lights go on.
Thus far through training camp, the kicking specialists have been turning in downright dominant performances. “Mason Crosby hasn’t missed a field goal,” writes Rob Demovsky. “Tim Masthay has hit all but one punt dead solid perfect.” There’s growing evidence to suggest Crosby and Masthay are playing the best of their entire careers. The Packers might have some of the best specialists in the entire NFL.
Backup quarterback Graham Harrell is the focus of an article at the Journal Sentinel.
Head coach Mike McCarthy does an exclusive Q&A with Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji says he was too focused on statistics last season.
A look at Aaron Rodgers’ contract comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Tight end Jermichael Finley discusses a slow start to training camp.
The Packers are not the favorites to win the Super Bowl, according to PredictionMachine.com.
Executive assistant Margaret Meyers is retiring from her job with the Green Bay Packers.
A column on Family Night is written by Jude Wilbers of Fox 11.
Video: Former Packer Johnnie Gray and Drew Smith of Fox 11 discuss Packer training camp…
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