No Practices Scheduled Before Ring Ceremony

That's what several agents told Packer Report on Thursday night, with so many veterans in the area for Greg Jennings' golf fund-raiser on Friday and the ring ceremony set for next week.

Greg Jennings is holding his fourth-annual charity golf tournament on Friday at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha. Including the host, 31 members of the Green Bay Packers will be in attendance.

Six days later, the Packers will receive their Super Bowl rings during a private ceremony in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

This would seem to be a good time for the players to organize their first informal workouts of the lockout.

That, however, is not the case — though that likely will change soon if the lockout persists.


Packer Report contacted several agents on Thursday evening. Of the five who replied, none of them had any knowledge of any workouts scheduled between Jennings' fund-raiser and the ring ceremony.

"I have not heard anything about any workouts or practices," an agent said. "(My client) likely would have told me if they were."

Another agent said he asked his client on Wednesday whether there would be workouts scheduled with so many veterans in the area but was told no.

Nearly every team in the league has held organized workouts. According to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows, as of May 25, only the Packers, Bears, Panthers and Seahawks had not held any workouts. Seattle and Carolina started practicing this week, leaving only Green Bay and Chicago — though Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been throwing to his skill-position teammates on offense for the last couple of weeks.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw out the first pitch at the Brewers' game against the Mets on Thursday night, has talked about the difficulty of gathering his far-flung teammates at the same place at the same time. With about half of the veterans going to be in Wisconsin on Friday and again six days later, that obstacle seemingly would no longer be an issue. So, Rodgers will talk to some of his key teammates on Friday — Charles Woodson, Ryan Grant, Nick Collins, Tramon Williams, Desmond Bishop and Clay Matthews are among the big names scheduled to attend on Friday. Rodgers and Co. could then stick around after the ring ceremony next week, though nothing apparently has been set up.

"At some point, if this lockout persists, then there is no doubt we're going to get together," Rodgers said after his first pitch. "Guys have gotten in some great work individually. And some in groups of two or three. There's a lot of guys in the same area working out, but at some point we'll have to get together. I'm going to talk to Charles (Woodson) tomorrow at the event I'm going to for Greg Jennings' charity, and we're going to put something together. Because it looks like it's going to go on for a little bit longer, so it's going to be important for us to get together."

Twice during interviews in the last few weeks, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has seemed to nudge the team's leaders to get something organized.

"I think there's value any time a group of players get together," McCarthy said at his charity golf tournament on Monday. "The ability to work out, the group dynamics involved in these types of sessions are healthy. That's more about team building and helping the younger guys and developing as a group. How much of it and which positions and so forth, it really varies from team to team, but I think there's definitely value when people do get together."

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