Notes: Hunt arriving Sunday; no deal with Couch

Call off the manhunt. Cancel that phone call to John Walsh.

Cletidus Hunt has been found. And he will be in Green Bay on Sunday to participate in Monday's minicamp practice.

So says a member of the Cletidus Hunt Foundation, who was contacted by The Associated Press on Friday.

"He will be reporting to Green Bay Sunday morning," said foundation executive director Davina Jones.

Asked the reason for Hunt's absence, Jones said only that Hunt had "personal things he had to get straightened out."

Hunt missed the third day of minicamp Friday. After practice, the players were dismissed for the weekend. Practice resumes at 11 a.m. Monday.

Packers coach Mike Sherman did not make himself available to reporters on Friday, nor did any other members of the team's brain trust. Based on his anger Wednesday and Thursday, it's safe to assume Sherman was a bit miffed Friday, as well.

Like quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday, however, running back Ahman Green tried to temper the anger and frustration stemming from Hunt's unexcused absence.

"When he gets back, myself and a couple other guys will get a chance to talk to him, but it's nothing that's a distraction," Green said. "Things happen. Guys live and learn. They make mistakes and you learn from your mistakes. It's not a huge mistake. It's something, but it's nothing to cry over."

Renowned for his all-out effort every play, Green was asked if Hunt was letting the team down by skipping a minicamp that is not mandatory only in the sense that the NFL limits teams to only one mandatory minicamp per off-season.

"No," Green answered. "It's the off-season. He might be letting himself down more than anything because he gets in a little bit more shape. You get a workout working these camps. ... With him not being here, he's not going to be able to get a little step up on some of the different schemes, the new stuff that they're talking about for training camp."

Because this is not a mandatory camp, Hunt is not being fined.


Getting their first taste of the great outdoors Friday, the Packers' three-headed, er, three-legged battle for punter took to the Clarke Hinkle practice field Friday.

The results were underwhelming.

Taking about 15 kicks, the triumvirate of third-round draft choice B.J. Sander, Travis Dorsch and Australian Nathan Chapman connected for more 35-yard punts than 45-yard punts.

Dorsch, who the Packers signed at the end of last season as a precaution against Josh Bidwell's departure, and the rookie Sander took most of the reps during a special-teams segment. Facing no rush, Dorsch slightly outperformed the left-footed Sander. Chapman, who finally got his visa problems worked out and is able to practice, took the last three punts. His first was a dud but has last two were high 45-yarders.


About the only new thing to report about the possibility of quarterback Tim Couch landing in Green Bay is a different face was on hand to tell reporters that there's nothing new to report.

Packers vice president of player finance Andrew Brandt made the mistake of watching the end of practice Friday and wound up swarmed by reporters. It's status quo, Brandt says, with Couch still a member of the Browns and the Packers and Couch unable to work out the details of a contract so a trade can be made.

"There a lot of moving parts to a negotiation," Brandt said. "He's under contract with another team, the length is always an issue, how much is always an issue."

A major sticking point is Couch wants a one-year deal so he can shop himself as a possible starter next off-season. The Packers want Couch for two years as they try to find the heir to Brett Favre.

Favre, meanwhile, also is a sticking point in the Packers acquiring Couch.

"The fact that there's no crystal ball about our quarterback's future is an issue," Brandt said.

Earlier in the week, Packers personnel director Reggie McKenzie said the Packers and Browns had worked out the framework for a trade. The only sticking point remains reaching an agreement with Couch.

Meanwhile, Brandt says the "lines of communication are always open" between the Packers and the agent for unhappy cornerback Mike McKenzie, Drew Rosenhaus.

McKenzie is not attending this minicamp, and Rosenhaus has the Packers' permission to work out a trade. The Packers are demanding a first-round draft choice and/or a player for McKenzie.


With one starter, McKenzie, skipping camp and the other, Al Harris, out with a sprained ankle, the Packers' young cornerbacks are getting their chance to learn on the fly. One player who has stood out is Chris Johnson, a seventh-round draft choice last season who missed the season after injuring his knee during training camp.

"The last few days Chris Johnson has made a drastic improvement," defensive coordinator Bob Slowik said. "His first day back, you could still detect a little limp. Yesterday and today he made big strides and hopefully we won't have any setbacks."

Johnson, the fastest player in last year's draft, is among several players being tried as kickoff returners.

For his part, Harris says he should be ready to practice Monday.

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