It's gotta be the shoes

Forget the Penguin or the Riddler. Only a size-too-small shoe can stop Batman.

Packers running back Ahman Green missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday and may not play in Monday night's preseason opener against visiting Seattle. The culprit: the wrong size shoes.

Packers coach Mike Sherman said Green warmed up on Lambeau Field for Saturday night's scrimmage and complained that his shoes felt too tight. Green changed shoes before the start of the scrimmage but it was too late, as the shoes left the standout runner with a sore left foot.

"I don't think it's a major issue, but we're being very conservative with him until he's full speed," Sherman said. "We'll evaluate him the next two days and see if he can play in the game on Monday night."

The sore foot played a role in Green being held to zero yards on three attempts during the scrimmage.

"He just had trouble pushing off," Sherman said in regard to the sore foot.

With plenty of time to spare and Green able to do conditioning work, Sherman was in no hurry to announce Green's availability for Monday night's game at Lambeau Field.

"I'll probably make that decision Sunday," Sherman said.


Green wasn't the only star player to miss Thursday's practices. Joining him on the sideline were Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper and starting weak-side linebacker Na'il Diggs. Sherman elected to give both players some rest. Sharper, for instance, hadn't missed a practice this training camp.

Joining that trio on the sideline in the afternoon was stating quarterback Brett Favre, who has been limited to one practice a day for most of the week to keep his prized right arm fresh.

Two starters not previously on the injured list were held out of the afternoon practice: fullback William Henderson (illness) and cornerback Al Harris (hip). Nose tackle Grady Jackson continues to practice once a day due to arthritic knees. He sat out the afternoon practice.

Rookie cornerback Joey Thomas got the afternoon off, as well, to rest a nagging knee injury.

"We're going to have to ice him down every day," Sherman said. "So when you see him go out to get ice on, that's per doctors orders. It's just to make sure the swelling ... he's going to have a little swelling until we get through this thing. The ice is to try to alleviate that a little bit."

Familiar names on the list are starters Mike Wahle (knee) and Mike Flanagan (knee); starting safety candidate Mark Roman (general soreness); key reserves David Martin (knees) and Chukie Nwokorie (hamstring); and roster hopefuls Jason Horton (back), Brennan Curtin (staph infection), Ja'Dae McGuire (abdomen), Donnell Washington (arch), Tyreo Harrison (ankle), Chris Watson (hamstring) and Chris Johnson (leg).

Returning to action were rookie center Scott Wells, wide receiver Sam Breeden and fullback Vonta Leach.


Sherman gave the players a nice present Thursday morning: a practice session shortened by 45 minutes.

"The guys have been responding real well to practice," Sherman explained. "We practiced at a fast pace. I thought, middle of the week, long week, fatigue kind of setting in a little bit, I wanted to shorten up a little bit and increase the intensity a little bit. I thought we did that. We got done what I wanted to get done today."

In more good news for the players, two-a-day practices are almost done. The team will practice from 8:45-11:15 a.m. and 2:15-3 p.m. (special teams) Friday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. With a game Monday, the Packers will hold a closed practice Sunday in Lambeau Field.

The final two-a-day sessions are scheduled for Aug. 23-25 and Aug. 30.

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