Finley, Burnett Deliver Early

The tight end and safety, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries last year, were full-go for the first time in training camp on Wednesday.

In his locker sat a fancy, shiny sign that read "Y8TT8."

It's Jermichael Finley's follow-up to last year's "YOTTO" — or Year Of The Takeover," with the 8's representing his jersey number.

The takeover, if there is to be one, started on Wednesday night at Ray Nitschke Field when Finley took part in his first live action since a season-ending knee injury against Washington on Oct. 10.

Finley made his presence felt early. During an 11-on-11 period dedicated mostly to running the ball, Finley got behind backup safeties Brandon Underwood and Anthony Levine and was hit in stride in the corner of the end zone by Matt Flynn.

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"He looks good," tight ends coach Ben McAdoo said after Wednesday night's practice. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. He had two to three reps in each team period and wanted more, (then) started off the two-minute (drill). He's backing it up."

Burnett, who tore an ACL against Detroit on Oct. 3, almost picked off a pass from Aaron Rodgers to rookie tight end Ryan Taylor. Later, though, he got suckered on a fake and was toasted by rookie tight end D.J. Williams, but Williams took one too many stutter steps and Rodgers wound up overthrowing him.

"Morgan made a couple of very nice breaks on the ball," coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. "I think our secondary is really off to a very good start as a group. Jermichael makes a difference. That first touchdown on the corner route, he's a big target."

Injury updates

Seventh-round pick Lawrence Guy suffered a concussion. "I know he won't practice (on Thursday)," McCarthy said.

Cornerback Sam Shields appeared to hurt himself while trying to defend a pass to Jordy Nelson during a two-minute drill. Instead, McCarthy said Shields had a "uniform malfunction."

The rest of the names were the same as usual: linebacker Diyral Briggs, defensive end Chris Donaldson, nose tackle Eli Joseph, tackle Theo Sherman and tight end Andrew Quarless.

Four-point stance

— In a starters vs. starters two-minute drill, Rodgers drove the offense 60 yards for a touchdown. He hit Nelson for two big gains down the sideline and capped the drive with a short touchdown pass to Donald Driver against Charles Woodson.

"I thought the mechanics of it were good for the first time out," McCarthy said. "I liked the way the defense mixed the pressure. We had a little bit of everything and the protection adjustments that you're looking for. Aaron did a very good job of pushing the ball to the boundary. I don't get caught up in who wins and who loses"

— McCarthy said the format for Saturday's Family Night will basically be the same as usual, other than there will be no live tackling. That means the preseason opener against Cleveland the following Saturday will be the team's first fully live action of the season.

"I just don't feel confident going into live action with only four padded practices," McCarthy said. "It's risk management. You lose an opportunity to see your team in live action. The fact of the matter is, I've really got to listen to my own words: You trust the process. I have to trust the process, trust the scheduling that we've put in place and trust the things that don't look right right now — and there's a lot of them — that they're going to continue to progress and not to force things. I'm not trying to be soft. It's just not very smart to go out there, based on the experience that we have with so many new players, to go into live action."

— While Finley and Burnett were back, defensive end Mike Neal (rotator cuff) took part in individual drills and one-on-one matchups against the offensive linemen for the first time in camp. During the one-on-ones, he used a spin move to torch first-round pick Derek Sherrod but was stopped in his tracks when trying the move again against undrafted rookie Sampson Genus.

— The Packers added an inside linebacker, but it's probably nobody you've ever heard of. K.C. Asiodu (6-3, 247) is in his second season out of Central Oklahoma. He played in 10 games for the Rams in 2009 and one game for the Saints in 2010. Asiodu was a spectator at practice.

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