The Packers announced injuries to two prominent starters on Sunday evening. “Concussions to both wide receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse kept the two Packers starters out of Sunday night’s practice, but coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t ruled them out from being able to play in Green Bay’s first preseason game on Thursday in San Diego,” writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. The silver lining, if there is one, appears to be that neither Jennings or Newhouse looked seriously dazed when their concussions were sustained during the team’s Family Night scrimmage on Friday.
Taking the place of Marshall Newhouse in the starting lineup is journeyman tackle Herb Taylor. The Packers signed him off the street late last season when injuries occurred. “Seven months later, Taylor has a full grasp of the system and is healthy,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The Packers are about to find out if a guy who has started just one game and been cut five times in five years in the NFL can play.” At this early point in training camp, Taylor is the safer option than rookie Andrew Datko. If Newhouse’s concussion was a more serious matter, however, you have to wonder whether it might be in the team’s best interest to move Bryan Bulaga to left tackle, T.J. Lang to right tackle and put Evan Dietrich-Smith at guard.
Select veteran players on the Packers got the evening off from practice during training camp on Sunday evening. “After Saturday’s scheduled day off, (Aaron) Rodgers (eighth season), Charles Woodson (15th), Jarrett Bush (seventh), A.J. Hawk (seventh), Jeff Saturday (14th), Ryan Pickett (12th), Donald Driver (14th), Greg Jennings (seventh) and Anthony Hargrove (eighth) — all players with seven-plus years in the league — took part in meetings throughout the day but did not attend practice and were excused until Monday morning,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. It was notable that linebacker Desmond Bishop and fullback John Kuhn did practice on Sunday after missing so much time early in camp with injuries.
A feature on rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy is written by Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel, and includes a funny anecdote. “Worthy believes Rodgers studied him a little bit and knew his tendencies,” writes Nickel. “He was great out of the blocks at Michigan State, but he also got his share of offsides penalties. So one day as Rodgers and Worthy headed to practice, Rodgers said: ‘I’m gonna get you.’” As a guy who’s had problems with offsides penalties, it’s only going to benefit Worthy to go against Rodgers each day in practice.
An update on the status of tight end D.J. Williams comes from Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. “During the team’s first night practice, however, Williams noticed a twinge occur in his back during an off-balanced block,” writes Hodkiewicz. “He told the coaches and training staff before being removed and sitting out during Friday’s Family Night scrimmage.” It would be nice to see Williams play in the Packers’ first preseason game on Thursday, but it’s more important to err on the side of caution.
The Packers announced a time change in their training camp practice schedule. “The team announced Sunday afternoon that three practices – on Sunday, Aug. 12; Monday, Aug. 13; and Tuesday, Aug. 14 – will now kick off at 11:15 a.m,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “The Aug. 12 and 13 practices had been scheduled to be the final nighttime practices of training camp; the Aug. 14 practice had been previously slated for 3:30 p.m.”
The suspension to defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove could be reduced, according to ESPN.
An article on cornerback Jarrett Bush appears at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Punter Tim Masthay is the focus of an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
A column on the Packers tight ends is written by Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.
PackersNews.com gets to know undrafted rookie running back Du’ane Bennett.
AllGreenBayPackers.com looks at video of Marshall Newhouse and Erik Walden.
A couple unheralded players get some attention at Packerpedia.
Video: The Press-Gazette provides footage of drill from Sunday’s practice…
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