S Kentrell Brice returns to Packers' well-stocked secondary

-- When Kentrell Brice was asked to put an approximate percentage estimation on the health of his ankle on Monday, he seemed to radiate the type of confidence you'd expect from a player fighting his way back to the field after injury.

Except the Green Bay Packers' starting strong safety already fought his way back to that same field he was carted off of exactly a week prior.

“I’m good," Brice said after his first day back at practice on Monday. "I can’t put a percentage on it, but I’m good.”

Brice's test results came back negative last week, showing no signs of a fracture in his ankle. That left the possibility of a tendon injury, but given Brice's quick -- but limited -- return to action, the likelihood is that it's a sprain or some form of bruising.

The Packers dodged a significant bullet with Brice's injury. They already Morgan Burnett walk in March, choosing not to re-sign the vested veteran and instead, watching him ink a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Evidently, the Packers' coaching staff felt they had the proper tools to replace Burnett with, not only with Brice, but second-year hybrid safety Josh Jones as well.

Brice did practice on Monday, but he eventually dropped out and watched the remainder of the Packers' ninth training camp practice from the sideline, likely for precautionary reasons. According to reports, he was moving like someone whose season wasn't in jeopardy seven days ago.

"Coming from Louisiana, you really don’t have too much of a positive outlook on stuff," Brice said. "So you deal with the punches you roll with, and you get past it. You play with the hand you’re dealt; it might be a crappy hand, but I can still win with it."

With Brice back in the fold, the Packers' secondary is right back to the stagnant state of potency it was at prior to his injury.

The pair of feisty cornerbacks they drafted in April -- Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson -- paired with a former All-Pro safety set for career reignition in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix under a new defensive coordinator are just three reasons why optimism is high.

However, it's the other players that caught coach Mike McCarthy's attention and earned public praise during his pre-practice press conference on Monday.

"You wanna talk about depth? We haven't had that much depth around here in quite some time," McCarthy said. The Packers still have 6-3 cornerback Kevin King and re-acquired Tramon Williams, who is serving as not only a pinnacle of wisdom but a foundational centerpiece for the unit as a whole.

"So you have some outstanding battles, competition, that will go on throughout camp. So I'm very pleased with the way our secondary looks."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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TimBackes's picture

August 07, 2018 at 02:34 pm

Man, it looked really bad when he was carted off last week. Glad the secondary's looking like it'll be at full strength entering the season... and now to knock on every wooden object I own.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

August 07, 2018 at 05:13 pm

"and now to knock on every wooden object I own"......LOL......good one.....

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MITM's picture

August 07, 2018 at 03:42 pm

#GetMackonthePack

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Colin_C's picture

August 07, 2018 at 04:13 pm

Wish I could like this more than once!

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Lphill's picture

August 07, 2018 at 03:45 pm

Give up a first rounder for Khalil Mack , Packers will be a top 10 defense .

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Community Guy's picture

August 07, 2018 at 04:08 pm

it is good news that Brice is still available this season, but he needs to be healthy.. pls, no lingering effects of the ankle injury and no new injuries.

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Cubbygold's picture

August 07, 2018 at 04:38 pm

"well stocked"

Thanks for the laugh. More like "full of unknowns, guys we hope recover from injury, and that old guy that played really well in Arizona last year". I'm optimistic that Pettine will help this group develop, but its still easily the weakest group on this team and haven't proven anything yet.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

August 07, 2018 at 05:21 pm

.....while I will agree that they haven't proven anything yet........I'd hardly say they're the weakest group.......that would be the LBs.......

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Lare's picture

August 07, 2018 at 05:41 pm

Trade Nick Perry and a first next year to Oakland for Mack.

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Demon's picture

August 07, 2018 at 06:06 pm

Do you think anyone would want to take on Perrys contract?

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Lare's picture

August 07, 2018 at 06:41 pm

It'll be cheaper than Mack's.

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Oppy's picture

August 07, 2018 at 06:55 pm

Yes it would, and the real selling point of the trade (if it were to happen) would be that Perry wouldn't be holding out.

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Bearmeat's picture

August 07, 2018 at 09:09 pm

No way they'd want Perry for that contract. His contract is the very definition of being upside down.

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

August 08, 2018 at 08:13 am

I also agree nobody is going to want Perry's contract. Give up both '19 first rounders or a' 19 and '20. The Saints just gave up 2 first rounders for a raw prospect and they will be happy if he's half of Mack.

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Demon's picture

August 07, 2018 at 05:56 pm

No way the raiders would trade Mack for a single 1st round pick. At minimum they would want a 1st and 3rd. That would be doable but doubtful. Those contract negotiations tend to work themselves out. Even if the Raiders were willing to trade him, the Pack may not want to pay his price either.

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dobber's picture

August 07, 2018 at 06:06 pm

Yeah, until the Packers ask for permission to talk terms with his agent, this is a non-story. The Packers don't deal for him unless they know they can sign him.

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MITM's picture

August 07, 2018 at 07:11 pm

Im gonna get heat for saying this, but - our 2 1's will more than likely both be in the 20's next draft. To get Mack it would probably take both. I would do it. We have spent 3 high picks the last 2 years on CB's. 1 of those firsts next year would almost certainly be a pass rusher.

Trading those picks to get the best past rusher in the NFL who would have a Reggie White type effect is worth it. Getting Mack solves the problem at OLB and also ILB for this season as you could move Matthews inside. You could even take Blake out on third downs and leave Clay in to rush inside which he does very well and have Burks or Thomas or Jones etc come in as the coverage guy. Matthews most recent best season stats and health wise was as an inside LB.

As far as paying him goes hear me out. Cobb(Allison/Montgomery step in as a veteran option) Bulaga(or Spriggs hopefully Spriggs) House Kendricks maybe Wilkerson after the season and also even Clay could be gone which would be valuable millions toward Macks deal. Tramon could be expendable year 2 as well if the rookies show out. Hell even Linsley and his fat contract could be gone for a cheaper option without much dropoff. As far as Rodgers contract goes, I would bet that he would be willing to negotiate a deal that would accommodate a deal for Mack. Rodgers wants rings and knows how much his chances increase with the arguably the best defender in the NFL today on his side.

Anyway trying not to get my hopes up let alone any of yours either.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 08, 2018 at 04:50 am

There are a few different scenarios to this hypothetical. Why GB would entertain the notion of trading for Mack is easy. I have more trouble with why Oakland would. My first thought is how safe is McKenzie as a GM in Oakland? What I mean is if his seat is warm, how does not having Mack in 2018 but having two first round picks in 2019 help him keep his job in 2018? It doesn't unless he has patient superiors. But there might be other considerations in play. One might be if bridges have been burned between Oakland and Mack.

Assuming the trade terms can be mutually agreed upon, the money comes into play. Oakland would incur no dead money if they traded Mack away. The money is a problem for GB. Dobber is right: there is no way GB acquires Mack without a long-term contract extension in place. That can be done. True, if Mack is a $20M AAV type of player, getting a cap hit of 50% or 60% of AAV is not uncommon for year one, so lets say $12M in 2018. Fitting $12M into our current cap would present some challenges. We could cut CM3 and voila, Mack fits. Otherwise, there are only 1 to 3 players who could be restructured, and that idea presents issues as well.

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Lphill's picture

August 07, 2018 at 08:02 pm

Yes I would give one of first round picks next year and our 2nd round because our first round will be pick 32 .

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Cartwright's picture

August 07, 2018 at 08:45 pm

Glad to see Bryce back in the fold. I guess this dispenses with any ideas of going after Reid or whoever else is left on the free agent vine, just as well. Seems like the defense is on the right track. Pettine is getting his group focused. Don't need any new guys to come in at this juncture and derail things. Depending on who goes down next man up should suffice.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 08, 2018 at 04:54 am

I thought GB should sign Boston or Reid before Brice got hurt. His return does not alter that. Brice did stop Kendricks from reaching the end zone in a 2-pt conversion drill on Tuesday, so he must be fairly healthy.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 08, 2018 at 02:49 am

I like how Packers Nation dreaming. Every other GM is stupid and Packers can do whatever they want.

Also, there is more player not willing to come in Green Bay than those who are willing. That is truth. Not because Wisconsin or Green Bay stinks, but because of high taxes, cold weather, small city etc...

You have to be realistic. Or that is too much to ask?

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

August 08, 2018 at 08:26 am

Ah the old players don't want to come to GB argument. It didn't stop anyone from coming during the Wolf years. Because they wanted to win a ring and knew GB gave them the best chance.

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Chuck Farley's picture

August 08, 2018 at 08:36 am

Last year for the first in a long time had hope the pass d would solidify and come together and be respectable at least didn't happen.
My gutt based on what I'm hearing or not hearing from practice, we may be worse. Hope like hell I'm wrong.

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Since'61's picture

August 08, 2018 at 09:06 am

Nice to have some good news for a change on the injury front with Brice. Let's hope he stays healthy during the season.

As for Mack, my guess is that the Packers stand pat. Yes, it would be nice to acquire his talent but the price is pretty steep. Thanks, Since '61

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Cheezdik's picture

September 08, 2018 at 09:53 am

Packers loaded up on some more sixth string linebackers. Clinton Dix will miss 200 more tackles this season and the defensive line underperform as usual. The Packers still haven't figured that sacks do matter. Just ask Kenny Clark. How many scms does he have since he has been playing? Garbage. Is Kevin King going to play this year or are the Packers going to make up more excuses? At least king can do his push-ups on the sideline while making millions.

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