Packers get clean bill of health

The Green Bay Packers were the winners in Saturday night's Family Night scrimmage. Not on the scoreboard. In the training room.

A banged-up team emerged from the scrimmage injury free, with the exception of a sore leg for wide receiver Javon Walker that Packers coach Mike Sherman mentioned in passing during his chat with reporters following Saturday's proceedings.

"Javon Walker banged his leg a little bit, but other than that we came out pretty clean," Sherman said. "We went into it with some defensive backs out, obviously, and hopefully we'll get some of those guys back on Monday. But I think the biggest positive is to experience the environment that we just played in, that's a positive. To come out of it without any injuries (is a positive)."

Some 13 players sat out Saturday. Among them were four important starters: Pro Bowl center Mike Flanagan (knee), left guard Mike Wahle (knee), Pro Bowl tight end (chest) and nose tackle Grady Jackson (knee). Among the others to miss the scrimmage were No. 3 quarterback candidate Craig Nall (hamstring), reserve defensive end Chukie Nwokorie (hamstring), rookie defensive tackle Donnell Washington (foot) and cornerbacks Joey Thomas (knee) and Chris Johnson (leg).

Flanagan, Wahle and Johnson are on the physically unable to perform list, with Sherman being extra cautious about Flanagan and Wahle.

Meanwhile, the Packers' training staff is getting familiar with staph infections. Second-year offensive tackle Brennan Curtin has missed all of training camp with a staph infection that developed from a boil. Now, guard/tackle Mitch White is out with a staph infection.

Also missing, of course, was cornerback Mike McKenzie. With McKenzie out and his likely replacement, Michael Hawthorne, limited by a sprained ankle, first-round draft pick Ahmad Carroll saw time with the first-string defense. Carroll was inconspicuous for most of the scrimmage, which is a good thing for defensive backs. He was credited with one tackle and one pass defensed.

A 71-yard touchdown pass from Tim Couch to Shockmain Davis came at the expense of safety Darren Sharper but likely stemmed from a mixup by Carroll.

Asked to review Carroll's night, Sharper said. "Up and down. You know, it's only a week that he's had practice with the scheme and the things we're doing, so it's going to take him a little while for him to really know everything that happens when we call a play. And they motion, you need to know what's going to be happening and where you need to be. It's going to take a little while, but I think he's playing hard and he did some good things out there."

On the No. 1 kickoff return team, Carroll teamed with Najeh Davenport. Carroll took his only chance all the way back for a touchdown. Don't get excited, though: It was an 11-on-1 drill, with the "1" being kicker Ryan Longwell. Last year's kickoff return tandem was Davenport and starting wide receiver Robert Ferguson.

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