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Al: It was a quiet week for Packers news, but some Packers players are slowly making their way back into Green Bay this week, as the team’s offseason conditioning program is set to begin on Monday. There will be two weeks of strictly conditioning work followed by 3 weeks of conditioning and individual instruction with position coaches. One of the players already in Green Bay is M.D. Jennings, the Packers backup safety who said he spoke with Nick Collins last week.
Jayme: With regards to Collins, Jennings echoed what others have said, that Collins says he feels great and really wants to resume his playing career. Assuming his doctors give him the OK, he’ll still have to convince the Packers medical staff and coaches to let him back on the field.
Al: Another guy itching to get on the field is Packers’ practice squad receiver Tori Gurley. Gurley is also back in Green Bay and recently made at appearance at the Sisters Bay Lions Club Youth Night. Gurley spoke on the virtues of hard work and told the kids he will be going all out to make the team and have a long career with the Packers.
Jayme: Speaking of long careers, Mark Lovat, the Packers strength coach who has been with the team since 1999, recently picked up an award. Lovat was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year by his peers at the other NFL teams. Lovat was singled out for being a high-quality individual who excels at learning about and employing cutting-edge training methods to improve players’ performance.
Al: Details were announced this week for the eighth annual Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-a-thon on June 13th. Edgar and other Packers players will be bowling with fans, with all proceeds going to benefit the Angel Fund for children with cancer. More details can be found on packers.com.
Jayme: Donald Driver has broken his scoring record three times, now. No, we’re not talking football, we’re talking Dancing With the Stars. Donald and partner Peta Murgatroyd rocked the Paso Doble to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, earning a 27 from the judges – the highest score of the evening.