Younger Players Get More Practice Time

The Packers concluded their practice for this week Wednesday as coach Mike Sherman gave his players a four-day break. Like Tuesday's practice, 11 players sat out with various injuries, but it allowed for reserves to get more practice time.<p>

Brett Favre, who is nursing a sore elbow after getting hit near the end of the game against Minnesota, was one of the 11 players who sat out. Others who missed practice included: linebackers K.D. Williams (ankle), Nate Wayne (knee), and Na'il Diggs (ribs); receivers Donald Driver (thigh bruise) and Bill Schroeder (ankle), safety LeRoy Butler (chest), and defensive tackle Gilbert Brown (ankle). Defensive tackle Santana Dotson worked out on his own to strengthen his surgically repaired quadriceps tendon and tight end Bubba Franks was excused for the second straight day for personal reasons.

"We did have some injuries that needed to be rested and rehabbed," Sherman said. "It gave our younger players a chance to develop a little bit these last few days, getting more reps than they are used to getting. We were able to work on our third down package. Red zone on (Tuesday). First down, run, pass, play action and movement.

"We got a lot accomplished. I told them to be careful. They have a responsibility to get back here in shape and ready to go, look forward to next week when we play Tampa."

Sherman says he plans to visit his daughter, Sarah, who is a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee over the weekend. But he said he also plans to review tape of Tampa Bay, Green Bay's upcoming opponent on Nov. 4.

The Packers play three NFC Central Division teams in their next four games – Tampa Bay, at Chicago on Nov. 11 and at Detroit on Nov. 22. He again emphasized that his team has to put the ugly loss to Minnesota behind.

"Every season, every team has a game like we just had against Minnesota. You can only have one of those, but we had our game against Minnesota the other day," Sherman said. "That's it. I really do believe that we have gone through the toughest part of our schedule from being on the road and the obstacles we had to face. In the last three-week stretch with Tampa on the road, Baltimore at home and Minnesota on the road, that's as tough as it gets. ... We have to take full advantage of what lies ahead of us."


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