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Packers Calendar: First OTA Practice Open to the Public

Organized Team Activities (OTAs) began in Green Bay on Wednesday, but they'll be open to the public and the media for the first time on Thursday.

Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. CT at Ray Nitschke Field, which is free for all attendees. It will mark the first time observers will get to see the entire Packers team practice in a team environment this season.

Players cannot wear pads and there is no contact, but they can wear helmets.

The weather forecast calls for clear and sunny skies and a temperature of 69 degrees when practice begins.

Head coach Mike McCarthy will have a press conference at the conclusion of the day's session to be streamed live at approximately 1:35 p.m. at

Media will also have access to players, which should mean plenty of updates, articles and coverage from OTAs on Thursday. For many players, it will be the first time they meet with the media since last season ended.

By seeing players in action, much will be learned about the 2014 edition of the Packers: how roster battles are shaping up, how the rookies fit in, which starting jobs are up for grabs and how injured players are progressing from last season's ailments.

Rookies Davante Adams and Khyri Thornton are not expected to take part in practice after being invited the NFLPA's annual Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles this weekend.

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