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‘Brutal’ Cold Serves as Icy Prep for Packers

Frozen jerseys and frozen faces were the order of the day as the Packers get ready for a frigid game in Chicago.

“Brutal.”

That was Davante Adams’ summation of practice.

“Pretty miserable,” said defensive tackle Letroy Guion, still in full pads and wearing a face mask about 15 minutes after practice.

It was about 5 degrees for practice as the Green Bay Packers ventured outside on Thursday. Back in the locker room afterward, defensive tackle Christian Ringo’s jersey was frozen.

“It felt like a cardboard box,” he said.

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The team split its two-hour practice between the Don Hutson Center, where the doors were open to bring in the chill, and the outdoor practice field, part of which is heated and free of snow.

It was frosty preparation for Sunday’s game at Chicago.

According to the Weather.com forecast as of Thursday night, it’s supposed to be 4 degrees with winds of 10 to 20 mph in Chicago. That would equate to a wind-chill index of minus-11 to minus-16.

“There’s no other way to simulate that other than being in it,” receivers coach Luke Getsy said.

The cold was miserable. For those stuck in this bitter cold snap, there’s no avoiding it. Simply pumping gas or walking to the car is miserable, and that’s with a coat, hat and gloves. Try spending three hours in the cold and trying to catch a rock-hard football.

“The nose starts freezing, your face, and then when it gets windy is when it starts cutting through the sleeves and everything,” Adams said. “I never wore sleeves in a game before, so looking to keep that going for this game. But we’ll be able to get a full assessment in warm-ups — or I don’t know if you can call it warm-ups for what we’re going to be dealing with out there. Whatever it is, we’ll be ready.”

Sleeves or no sleeves, that is the question. Guion said he’ll wear sleeves. So, too, will cornerback Damarious Randall.

“I wear sleeves in 100-degree weather, and I’m going to wear sleeves in negative-2,” Randall said.

The offensive linemen will go without.

“I hate wearing sleeves. It doesn't feel good,” right tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “I did it once in high school and I cut off the sleeves and my mom got (mad) at me. It was a brand-new Under Armour long-sleeve she bought me and I cut the sleeves off right after warm-ups. She was (mad), but that was the last time I did sleeves.”

It’s a point of hometown pride for center Corey Linsley, a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

“No, can’t go sleeves,” Linsley said. “I can’t. I can’t go home and be walking around Youngstown and have sleeves on a Sunday. That’s just not how it rolls.”

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