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Preseason notes: Look on the bright side

Although this is "only" preseason, not many positives can be found in any lopsided loss. However, a handful of players will have something to smile about during film sessions this week.<p>

One bright spot was short-lived, but still worthy of mention. NFL-Europe star Shockmain Davis, who subsequently suffered a broken leg at practice Wednesday, returned the second-half opening kickoff 32 yards to the Packer 39. Unfortunately Green Bay followed with one of their many three-and-outs, but the return was the best of the night for either team. Davis also caught two passes for 17 yards.

Wide receiver Carl Ford accounted a third of the Packers' second-half first downs - with one. His 19-yard catch marked the Packers' best play of the second half, Doug Pederson's best pass, and the closest the Packers got to midfield since their second series.

On defense, James Lee made significant headway in his return from back trouble which landed him on injured reserve as a rookie. Lee, a 2003 fifth-round draft pick, had five tackles, coming on strong when given a second-half opportunity. He stoped running back Kerry Carter for a one-yard loss twice on the same drive in the fourth quarter.

Kenny Peterson's numbers may not show it, but the defensive end made every little bit count with his two tackles and a broken-up pass play.

Horton a highlight: Cornerback Jason Horton broke up a pass in the third quarter, and helped tackle Seattle running back Maurice Morris for a loss that led to a Seahawk punt.

Horton has traveled an interesting road en route to his shot with the Pack. He spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts but did not see action due to the CFL team's exceptionally deep secondary. Following his 2002 season at North Carolina A&T, Horton left school early to enter the draft but a paperwork snafu rendered him ineligible and wiped out his remaining college eligibility.

That was the good news inside the lines. Here are a few sideline subplots from the preseason opener:

Flying colors: With their two new American flags flying high above Lambeau thanks to fan feedback, the stadium was the site of a tribute to very special U.S. Armed Forces families Monday night. Pregame ceremonies honored 22 Wisconsin families of service personnel who recently died in the line of duty.

In a stirring gesture, the Packers set aside their tradition of introducing their starting lineup and instead used that forum to introduce the military families. The players formed a pathway for the families to enter the stadium, and a moment of silence was observed by both teams as well as the 69,718 fans on hand.

Frequent flyers: The Seahawks made their third trip to Green Bay in 10 months, marking the first time in more than 40 years that the Packers have played a non-divisional opponent as many times in the same short span. The Packers hosted the New York Giants three times from Dec. 3, 1961 to Sept. 3, 1962, including the 1961 NFL Championship in Green Bay. The Packers defeated coach Vince Lombardi's former team all three times.

Cross-training: A beloved Wisconsin sports figure was on hand Monday night, but this well-known former star never played a down of pro football. Former Milwaukee Bucks standout Junior Bridgeman represented the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in conjunction with the Bishop's Charities at pre-game ceremonies. Bridgeman is remembered not only for his long and productive career with the Bucks in the '70s and '80s, but also as part of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar trade.

Quotebook: Veteran fullback William Henderson spoke after the game on the meaning of preseason contests: "You always want to win. It's a competition every time you step on the field... You have to be psyched. You're playing in front of all these people who love the Packers and you have a chance to wear the Green and Gold. A guy coiming in here has to want it, he just has to want it. Forget about the money, forget about everything else. This is a chance to play for this historic team and chance to play in front of all your friends. If (coach Sherman) wants to know who has that drive, tonight he got a good look."

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