Packers Raise Tempo at Sixth Practice of Camp

"This is a good day. This is a good football today," coach Mike McCarthy said following Wednesday's practice. Plus, we have injury updates and more in our post-practice report.

Two days ahead of Friday's Family Night Scrimmage, the Green Bay Packers conducted their most physical day of training camp on a warm, sunny Wednesday morning at Ray Nitschke Field.

"This is a good day. This is a good football today," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought it was a more physical practice. The tempo's getting better. Hopefully when we correct it, the mental errors aren't what they have been. We're getting better."

The helmets were cracking in the trenches and the running backs felt the wrath of a defense that's ready to let loose. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers opened his playbook a bit more with a heavy dose of third-down situations meaning more opportunities to blitz.

"We thought it was important to crank it up today," McCarthy said. "Today was a blitz emphasis. It was a heavy pressure day today, there was a lot of third down. It's great work for both sides. It's great for the offense; it really challenges you from a protection unit. You can see there was a lot of one-on-one pass-rush opportunities."

Injury updates

New injuries: WR Curenski Gilleylen (quad) and WR Tori Gurley (groin).

Active PUP list: OLB Frank Zombo (hamstring), DL Johnny Jones (knee), G Jaymes Brooks (hamstring), T Derek Sherrod (leg) and TE Andrew Quarless (knee). McCarthy didn't have a timetable for Sherrod, other than last year's first-round pick wouldn't practice this week.

Old injuries: RB Marc Tyler (shoulder), TE Eric Lair (knee), T Mike McCabe (hip), DL Mike Daniels (knee and groin), DL Ryan Pickett (knee bruise).

Returning: FB John Kuhn (knee) and ILB Desmond Bishop (calf) have passed their physicals and were activated from the active PUP list. They practiced in shells on Wednesday and will do the same on Thursday before being cleared for full pads.

The week ahead

The team will practice at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with Family Night starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. After an off day on Saturday, the team will practice at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Practice is closed to the public and media on Wednesday, with the first preseason game at 7 p.m. on Thursday at San Diego.

Four-point stance

-- Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL legend John Madden and former Packers general manager Ron Wolf were in attendance. Goodell spoke to reporters; we'll have that report later. McCarthy took a break from practice to talk to Goodell; McCarthy said he did not ask Goodell about his decision to suspend Erik Walden for one game.

-- Also at practice were the NFL's replacement officials. They'll work Thursday's practice and Friday's Family Night. "Really, we have no concern because to me it's something that everyone has to deal with," McCarthy said. "We will spend some time tomorrow with the officials in our meetings, as we have done annually. … It's a business issue, and as we know from the past, those things will get worked out."

-- The play of the day came when an Aaron Rodgers pass deflected off Jermichael Finley's hands and found Greg Jennings right in stride for a touchdown. Another big moment for the offense came on Rodgers' bomb to Donald Driver, who got behind Morgan Burnett. Charles Woodson picked off Rodgers when James Starks missed a blitz, and Casey Hayward got an interception on a pass broken up by Brandian Ross.

-- Clay Matthews had a sack against Marshall Newhouse in 11-on-11 and beat Newhouse and Herbert Taylor in the one-on-ones. It was his most active day of camp.

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