28

December

Packers’ Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley Miss Wednesday Practice

Packers WR/KR Randall Cobb (groin) was held out of Wednesday practice.

Receiver/returner Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley missed Wednesday’s practice with various ailments, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this afternoon.

Cobb, who ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in kick and punt return average, picked up a groin injury and isn’t expected to practice until Friday at the earliest. McCarthy described him as “sore” today, but no other specifics were given.

McCarthy was even more in the dark about Finley, who apparently injured his knee in what McCarthy called a “last minute” deal. McCarthy said he doesn’t have any feel about where Finley is at right now, so it’s certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple of days. Finley injured his meniscus in Week 5 last season and didn’t see the field again.

UPDATE: Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported after the press conference that Finley woke up with a sore knee on Monday, and it “didn’t feel right” when he came in today. It’s also not the same knee he injured last season. 

McCarthy’s news wasn’t all bad on the injury front, however.

Ryan Pickett (concussion) returned to practice after being cleared either late Monday night or early Tuesday. He has missed the last three weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Pickett was limited Wednesday, as the Packers plan on giving him the full week to prepare to play Sunday.

Pickett is a vital cog in the Packers run defense, which has been gashed in all three games since the 335-pound defensive lineman went out.

Left tackle Chad Clifton also practiced Wednesday, and he saw some time with the Packers No. 1 offense in an attempt to ready him for Sunday. McCarthy said he wants to see Clifton in Thursday’s padded practice before making any definitive announcement on his playing status.

The Packers obviously want to get a solid grasp on their left tackle situation in preparation for the playoffs, and seeing Clifton in live action is an important part of that process. Clifton hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

14

December

McCarthy: Status of James Starks, Josh Sitton in Doubt For Sunday Against Chiefs

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t sound too optimistic Wednesday that either running back James Starks or guard Josh Sitton would be available to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCarthy said that Starks worked out hard on Tuesday, but the ensuing medical reports done today weren’t encouraging. He was a no-go at Packers’ practice on Wednesday.

Starks has dealt with a lingering ankle injury that forced him out of games against the Buccaneers and Lions in consecutive weeks. Starks then missed last week’s game with the Oakland Raiders after not being able to practice during the week because of the injury.

Regarding Sitton, McCarthy said that the Packers plan to have some patience with him this week as he continues to rehab a knee sprain suffered in Detroit three weeks ago. Sitton was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice, which is an encouraging sign for his return. Team doctors didn’t sound optimistic on Sitton’s availability for this week, however.

The Packers have started Evan Dietrich-Smith in Sitton’s place the past two games with varying results.

Desmond Bishop (calf) was unable to participate today but McCarthy made it sound on Monday that Bishop would have a good chance at playing on Sunday. A.J. Hawk (calf) was a full participant. McCarthy praised both D.J. Smith and Robert Francois again on Wednesday.

Brandon Saine and Ryan Pickett, who both suffered concussions against the Raiders, were held out. Vic So’oto (back) was a full participant, and Chad Clifton (hamstring/back) was out.

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Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.

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7

August

Long Overdue: A Twentysomething’s First Ever Green Bay Packers Practice

For a Wisconsin boy, not previously experiencing what I experienced this past Thursday borders on criminal.

It’s something I always wanted to do, but for whatever reason (work and before that, getting ready for school as well as myA Packers Fan at His First Packers Practice. parents both working) I never got around to doing it.  This year however, after an extended NFL lockout, I decided I needed to do this……just a month shy of my 28th birthday.

I decided to attend a Green Bay Packers training camp practice.

I have outgrown the age where Packers players could ride my bike. Well, I don’t even have a bike but if I did I’d still be over the age limit.   So instead I packed up the car and decided to make the trip to Green Bay alone for Thursday night practice.

It was a trip that almost never even left the driveway.

As I sat down in my 2005 Cavalier, I tried to start the car only to be greeted by chugging and sputtering.  I thought to myself, “This can’t be happening.  You are going to your first Packer practice about 20 years overdue and your car decides to take a dump. Unreal.”

However, much like the 2010 Packers, a little adversity was not going to get in the way of my ultimate goal.  I was going to be there for 7:00 practice if I had to hitchhike my way there.

Thankfully, the repair shop had a loaner, a 2001 Buick Regal with 150,000 miles on it that I could use until Monday when my car would be repaired. Sold.

At about 3:30, I arrived at Lambeau Field.  With some time to kill before gates to practice opened, I decided to go through the Packers Hall of Fame and browse the Pro Shop.  If there is anyone reading this that has not yet been to Lambeau since the renovations, you need to get your tail to Green Bay.  There is so much history in that building you get chills.  I go through it a lot and never tire of it.

Anyway, I head over to Ray Nitschke Field around 5:10 and see a lot of people already lined up at the gate.  My first thought was that these people must be starved for football due to the long lockout, but then a reality check hit me.  This is Green Bay, Titletown USA. What I’m witnessing is normal. It’s cool to see this many people turn out for a practice.