Montgomery Practices as Offense Seeks Answers

Only cornerbacks Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins didn't participate on Thursday.

Green Bay Packers rookie receiver Ty Montgomery participated in Thursday’s padded practice.

Montgomery sustained a sprained ankle in the Week 6 game against San Diego. After a Week 7 bye, Montgomery was inactive for last week’s loss at Denver.

“Went through the rehab phase, he's going to try to do more today,” coach Mike McCarthy said before practice. “I talked to Ty before the team meeting this morning, so they're going to increase his workload.”

The only players to not participate in practice were cornerbacks Sam Shields (shoulder) and Quinten Rollins (neck). They didn’t practice on Wednesday, either. Clay Matthews was back at work for a second consecutive day after sustaining an ankle/knee injury that briefly sidelined him vs. Denver.

The return of Montgomery, combined with the return of Davante Adams from an ankle injury last week, should provide a lift to an offense that has been a funk for the past four games. During that span, the Packers rank 27th in scoring and 30th in yards.

Among the ways to hopefully solve those problems is quickening the tempo, McCarthy said.

“Every offense has an approach, an identity, and it's just really getting back to playing to that,” he said. “It's nothing really scientific, It's playing faster. Tempo is something we can do a better job of. At the end of the day, I don't have a list of three things -- I wouldn't even tell you if I did --- that this is what we're going to do that's going to fix it. This is the game of football. This is how it goes, that's part of the 16-game challenge, and that's the facts.

“I think you guys are doing an incredible job trying to distract our football team from Carolina by talking about the last game, but we really focused on Carolina. There's a lot to focus on. This is an excellent football team. Their offense is going to challenge our defense schematically. They've got excellent football players defensively. They’re top-notch. They've been a good defense now for a number of years.”

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