Bye Week Comes at Good Time

With a number of players still smarting from Green Bay's loss to Minnesota on Sunday, the Packers welcome the one week break in their schedule as a chance to heal their wounds. Green Bay is off this weekend, then returns Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.

Quarterback Brett Favre (elbow), safety LeRoy Butler (sternum), linebacke r Na'il Diggs (rib), and defensive tackle Gilbert Brown (groin strain) did not take part in practice Tuesday. The Packers will practice on Wednesday, then take the rest of the week off before returning on Oct. 29 to prepare for the Buccaneers.

"We're very banged up playing on that (artificial) turf," said Packers coach Mike Sherman, whose team was embarrassed 35-13 by the Vikings on Sunday. "I wanted to give them an opportunity if they wanted to go home and see their moms and dads, brothers and sisters or wives, so I moved the week up just a day. Our first (priority) is to get healthy. That's our No. 1 goal."

Other players such as cornerback Tyrone Williams (groin) and linebacker Nate Wayne (knee) also have been hurting. All of the above are expected to be ready to face the Buccaneers, including Butler, who suffered perhaps the most severe injury on the team in Sunday's loss at the Metrodome. Butler sustained sprained cartilage in his chest while tackling Vikings tight end Byron Chamberlain in the first quarter.

"I'm confident he'll be back (for Tampa Bay)," Sherman said.

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