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Practice Report: Shields, Jolly, Barclay Return for Packers in Thanksgiving Tune-Up

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Practice Report: Shields, Jolly, Barclay Return for Packers in Thanksgiving Tune-Up

The big news in Green Bay on Tuesday was that quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice for the first time since breaking his collarbone just over three weeks ago, but the Packers got a dose of other good fortune as well.

It was a scaled-back version of practice coming off of Sunday's five-quarter game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the Packers were buoyed by the return of injured players such as cornerback Sam Shields (hamstring), defensive lineman Johnny Jolly (groin) and offensive lineman Don Barclay (knee).

The return of all three players will be welcome on several fronts.

Shields would help in going up against elite receiver Calvin Johnson. Jolly will aid a Packers run defense that was gashed by Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart on Sunday. And Barclay would be an upgrade over the struggling Marshall Newhouse.

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I bleed Green More's picture

Wow if they could play I do think we could have a chance to win.

Derek in CO's picture

MM said he didn't' think ARod can make it this week and it was not a full speed practice. I like our chances now with Jolly, Shields, and Barclay returning. Those 3 guys are key.

jmac34's picture

have to wonder if Rodgers could have made it if it had been a sunday game. oh well hopefully flynn will be able to do something

Nerd's picture

We're gonna need em.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Those are 3 huge pieces to the team. We have all seen how much better Barclay is then Newhouse. Shields is our best CB, and Jolly has been so vital in our run game.

Also I heard that Perry was practicing.

Either way, getting back those 3 guys will be huge for our team.

Ho Li Fuk's picture

Wow. I wonder if any of them can make it our of the first quarter uninjured. This team is a joke. Bums that no one else wanted and with good reason.

Walty's picture

Having these guys healthy may have given us the win over the Vikings, but I don't know if it will be enough to give us the win over Detroit.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Lions although talented, are not a well coached team. They are not well disciplined and should be a lot better then they are with the talent they have.

Cow42's picture

Two poorly coached teams going head to head.
One at home with Megatron.
The other one capable of making Anquan Boldin look like Jerry Rice.

Easy to see how this is gonna turn out.

Bugeater's picture

Yeah. 35 - 7 Packers.

Cow42's picture

I will give you $1 bazillion if that happens.

Bugeater's picture

Just in time for Christmas! I could use a bazillion dollars!

Evan's picture

Better read the fine print, bugeater. Cow's promises are about as reliable as his predictions.

pooch's picture

A not so good lion team too

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Great news. This pleases me.

Cow42's picture

"Shields, Jolly, Barclay Return "

This all means nothing without #12.

fishandcrane's picture

Bovine, you are wrong.

KurtMc's picture

I feel a whole lot better with these payers returning. Amazing, how much Jolly brings to the run D, and most importantly, no Newhouse ( I hope).

dawg's picture

Josh Sitton:
Brash staemente, But, I'd have to agree 100%
Gonna have to watch the trenches on this one!

Evan's picture


I don't buy into bulletin board nonsense. First place is on the line - as if the Lions D wasn't going to play hard anyway?

(Not that you were talking about bulletin board motivation - I was just sayin')

dawg's picture

I thought it was motivation as a whole, at least I hope it was!
And glad to see it.
Not sure if Sitton is team captain, but he should be!
At this point, maybe bulletin board material is needed to motivate this team?

But yes, I normally don't agree w/ this type of hype!
Like I said, it will be interesting to see how the trenches react.

John's picture

Can they win? yes. it does help with some of the returning guys

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