Injuries mounting

Saturday night's Family Night scrimmage could be a sell out, with just a couple thousand tickets remaining as of earlier in the week. The big crowd could be a good thing, since Packers coach Mike Sherman may have to drag a few fans onto the field to fill out the roster.

The situation went from bad to worse during Wednesday's practices. Here's the latest edition of the walking wounded, starting with the defense.

- Cornerback Joey Thomas, taken in the third round, left the first practice with a bruised left knee. He will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam and expects to miss a day or two of practice.

"I think I'm going to be OK. It's nothing structural, so that's always a good thing," Thomas said.

- Safety Mark Roman, the team's major free-agent signing, left the second practice with a twisted right ankle.

The injuries to Thomas and Roman — both in the running for starting jobs — meant the Packers were short-handed in the secondary, especially with Darren Sharper given the afternoon off. The starting safety tandem was Marques Anderson and Bhawoh Jue.

- Nose tackle Grady Jackson, as has been the case all training camp, sat out the second practice due to knee tendinitis.

- Linebacker Na'il Diggs took the afternoon off to rest an ailing shoulder.

As for the offense:

— Starting right tackle Mark Tauscher was held out of both practices due to an ankle sprain incurred Tuesday morning. Tauscher returned to Tuesday's practice but was kept out Wednesday's for safety precautions.

Like in the secondary, Tauscher's injury exacerbates an already shaky situation. Starting guard Mike Wahle (bruise) and starting center Mike Flanagan (tendinitis) are both out with minor knee ailments.

Kevin Barry took Tauscher's place in the starting lineup, with Steve Morley filling in for Wahle and Grey Ruegamer taking Flanagan's spot.

- Tight end Bubba Franks missed Wednesday's practices because he was sick.

- Quarterback Brett Favre was given the afternoon off due to a sore elbow. During his chat with reporters after the morning practice, Favre said he's resting the elbow to avoid a repeat of the tendinitis that bothered him a couple seasons ago.

- Reserves Craig Nall (quarterback, hamstring), Frank Rice (wide receiver, knee) and Forest Vance (offensive lineman, knee) missed both practices.


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