Matthews only did individual drills due to what coach Mike McCarthy called an “elbow issue.” McCarthy didn’t expect Matthews to participate at all. During 11-on-11 work, Nate Palmer joined Sam Barrington as the No. 1 duo at inside linebacker.
Bakhtiari missed a second consecutive day and again was replaced by Don Barclay.
“We’ve been running with five guys all last year and through OTAs,” McCarthy said. “David Bakhtiari’s situation has now created opportunities for other guys to fit in there. But in a perfect world you’d like to establish your offensive line, especially going into a preseason game. That’s always been our goal.”
Bakhtiari probably won’t play in Sunday’s second preseason game at Pittsburgh. If that’s the case, it’s fair to wonder whether McCarthy will bother playing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Barclay gave up a sack, was flagged for holding and gave up two additional pressures playing right tackle at New England.
“I think one of the things that we’ve needed to find is someone to be able to back up Dave,” guard Josh Sitton said. “Donnie’s come in and done a nice job. I think he feels pretty comfortable at left tackle. He’s done a nice job. I’ve felt pretty comfortable with him the last few days. I think it’s given him an opportunity to show what he can do on that side and I think he’s taken advantage of it.”
Old injuries: WR Javess Blue (shoulder), CB Tay Glover-Wright (hamstring), CB Demetri Goodson (calf), CB Kyle Sebetic (ankle), LT David Bakhtiari (knee), DT Mike Daniels (ankle), TE Justin Perillo (concussion), WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion).
New injuries: S Morgan Burnett (personal), LB CLay Matthews (elbow).
Returned: CB Casey Hayward (quad), OLB Nick Perry (groin), DT Letroy Guion (hamstring), DT Bruce Gaston (illness).
The Packers will practice at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. There is no practice on Friday and no public practice on Saturday leading to Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, which is set for a noon kickoff. Only four open-to-the-public practices remain.
With Burnett out, Micah Hyde joined HaHa Clinton-Dix as the No. 1 safeties. In nickel, Hyde moved into the slot and Sean Richardson entered at safety. ... In the first one-on-one reps in a week, Bryan Bulaga beat Julius Peppers to improve to a team-best 11-0. ... Davante Adams had his best day of camp. In a one-on-one drill, he made a great one-handed grab on a deep ball from Aaron Rodgers, made a catch while slipping to the turf and used his strength against Quinten Rollins for another catch. ... Ty Montgomery took the first and third reps in a kickoff-return drill with Hyde taking the second. Adams was also back deep but didn’t get a chance. ... In a backups-vs.-backups two-minute drill at the end of practice, the defense earned the win. Brett Hundley got the offense to the 24 but his last-gasp pass into the end zone appeared to sail over tight end Harold Spears.
McCARTHY SAID …
On the tight ends: “I think Richard Rodgers really has kind of jumped to the front of the class. He’s practiced very, very well. I thought he did some good things in New England. Everybody else is just kind of banging away. They’re doing some good things on special teams. I think that’s where they really need to make their mark, but I’d kind of say they’re all on the same level.”