So far, so good

It was business as usual for Packers nose tackle Gilbert Brown as he returned to practice after shunning surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle.<p>

Brown even shed a protective harness because it restricted his movement.

The 10th-year veteran returned to Clarke Hinkle Field Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury last week in Cleveland. He and surprised coaches, teammates and the nearly 1,000 fans on hand both Wednesday and Thursday with his ability to play with the injury.

"I'm excited because I have another opportunity to play football," Brown told reporters. "If I didn't have another opportunity, I'd be sick."

Brown was held out of the morning session Thursday, but he participated in the afternoon's non-contract drills with the first-teamers.

Will Brown be ready to face Carolina when the Packers take to renovated Lambeau Field for the first time in preseason Saturday night? Coach Mike Sherman didn't rule out the possibility.

The coaches will make a decision today based on Brown's performance in practice and advice from the team's medical staff.

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