After three consecutive grueling days of training camp, the Green Bay Packers won't practice on Thursday, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on at 1265 Lombardi Ave.
Thursday, in particular, will be notable day for safety Morgan Burnett and other players dealing with injuries on the Packers roster.
The Packers are two days out from their first preseason game on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, a day ahead of when games are typically played during the regular season.
Burnett will be meeting with the training staff to see where he is at in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle after missing the past two practices earlier this week.
"I was told day to day," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "We'll see how he is (Thursday), when we do the new in-season Friday schedule. I know it's Thursday, but it's an in-season Friday tomorrow for us, and then we'll have a short practice on Friday. I do not know what his availability for that is yet."
Thursday is another critical day for wide receiver Jeff Janis, who has taken part in practice on a limited basis this week after missing the first week after being diagnosed with Shingles. Whether he'll be available to play on Saturday has yet to be determined.
"We'll see how he feels (Thursday)," said McCarthy. "We'll see what the doctor says."
For both Burnett and Janis, even though it's only the first preseason game, the Packers want to start seeing what roles they'll play during the 2014 season.
Burnett had been working with the starters at the safety position, although in his absence, Micah Hyde and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix have been paired with the first-string defense.
It remains to be seen whether they're overtaking Burnett as the regular-season starters, but without the injured safety in the lineup, the Packers will be unable to see how he works with either Hyde or Clinton-Dix next to him.
As for Janis, the opportunity to make the team's 53-man roster only seems to have increased now that fellow rookie Jared Abbrederis has been lost for the season.
Janis has no shortage of competition for the fifth or sixth wide receiver job, however, in the form of Kevin Dorsey, Chris Harper and Myles White.
Elsewhere on Thursday, former Packers running back Ahman Green—coming off his recent enshrinement into the Packers Hall of Fame—will appear at the Wisconsin State Fair:
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