The Packers had more players drop out of practice than return on Friday, but once again appeared to have avoided any major injuries.
They’re a little banged up heading into Saturday’s intra-squad Family Night scrimmage, but all things considered, they have to be happy with where they’re at one week into training camp.
Dropping Out of Practice
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, knee
Commentary: According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Nelson had banged his knee earlier during training camp, which was a re-occurrence of an old injury. When combined with the absences of Charles Johnson, Kevin Dorsey and Sederrik Cunningham, the Packers have more issues at wide receiver than at any other position as things currently stands. Expect the Packers to play it safe with one of their biggest stars for Family Night, while the door is open for undrafted rookies like Tyrone Walker, Myles White, Alex Gillett and Omarius Hines.
Linebacker Brad Jones, finger
Commentary: Jones started to participate in Friday’s session and dropped out about halfway through with a finger injury. The training staff was looking at Jones’ finger as McCarthy spoke at the conclusion of practice. Rookie Sam Barrington was practicing with the starters after Jones exited, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Tight end Andrew Quarless, quad
Commentary: Quarless had been making a nice recovery from a serious knee injury suffered two seasons ago until a quad injury sidelined him for all of Friday’s practice. Like Nelson, expect the Packers to play it safe on Saturday with a player who has a lengthy injury history. They won’t want to take any chances.
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore
Commentary: Lattimore began training camp on the non-football injury list, but was able to previously able to return. He dropped out again on Friday, still dealing with the effects of illness.
Safety David Fulton, knee
Commentary: Fulton missed one day of practice earlier in the week due to a knee injury, but was able to return on Thursday. Presumably, his knee remains the issue.
Returning to Practice
Linebacker Nate Palmer, shoulder
Commentary: The lone returnee to practice on Friday, Palmer has put himself in a place to participate in the team’s Saturday scrimmage. That’s a good thing for a rookie who’s in need of all the practice time he can get.
The following players’ status hasn’t changed (anticipated return in parentheses):
- Cornerback Casey Hayward, hamstring (a couple weeks, as of last Friday)
- Cornerback Tramon Williams, knee (a couple weeks, as of Tuesday)
- Defensive lineman Mike Neal, abdomen (a couple weeks, as of last Friday)
- Running back DuJuan Harris, knee (two or three weeks, as of Tuesday)
- Linebacker Dezman Moses, toe (undetermined)
- Linebacker Nate Palmer, shoulder (undetermined)
- Offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, leg (undetermined, on his “last hurdle,” according to McCarthy)
- Wide receiver Charles Johnson, knee (presumably day to day)
- Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey (undetermined)
- Safety Sean Richardson, neck (undetermined)
- Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, knee (undetermined)
- Offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, ankle (regular season at the earliest)
- Wide receiver Sederrik Cunningham, wrist (indefinite)