No rest for rookie lineman

Injuries to a number of defensive linemen have meant a golden opportunity for rookie Kenny Peterson. The third-round draft pick from Ohio State has been getting plenty of work at both the nose tackle and tackle positions thus far in training camp.<p>

Cletidus Hunt (gastritis), Steve Warren (lower back/hamstring), James Lee (hip flexor), Joe Johnson (quad, and Rod Walker (shoulder) have been limited or held out of practices. Meanwhile Peterson is learning on the job.

"The terminology is probably the biggest thing," said Peterson. "Other than that, playing the defensive line, your job is to stop the run and get to the passer."

Packers coach and GM Mike Sherman and Peterson prefer tolearn one position - three technique, or defensive tackle behind Hunt - but Peterson has been pressed into duty at both positions. Thus, it has cheated him from a certain amount of specialized reps at three technique.

"In order to get good coming from college, to learn two positions is watering him down a little bit," said Sherman. "I really want him to focus more on the three technique position rather than the nose position. We need to spend more time with him at the three technique, which should be his natural position."

Help is on the way. Veteran Gilbert Brown agreed to terms of a contract with the Packers on Saturday and is expected to report to sign his contract on Monday. Hunt also is expected to return to practices this week.

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