How much do Packers miss McKenzie?

Holdout cornerback Mike McKenzie seems content to wait until the Packers cannot live without him. Coach Mike Sherman has vowed to keep silent on the issue until McKenzie returns.<p> Something's gotta give. A problematic performance by the Packer secondary vs. the Seahawks may help McKenzie dig his heels in even harder.<p>

The holdout by the under-contract McKenzie continues without any signs of compromise. He started by shunning off-season workouts and the accompanying bonuses, then stayed put right through two minicamps and the mandatory veteran reporting day. McKenzie has been AWOL through the first weeks of minicamp.

He may have spent the most recent days of the standoff watching the Packer secondary sputter on Monday Night Football. Will the fates of both parties be the same the next time the Packers play under the Monday Night lights? The Carolina Panthers host the Pack in the prime time opener on Monday, Sept. 13.

"There is no update," Sherman said after Monday's game when asked about McKenzie.

Until McKenzie returns, or until Sherman decides otherwise, second-year Packer and fifth-year pro Michael Hawthorne is handling the starting left cornerback role.

Hawthorne was the guilty party on two third-and-longs which Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck converted with easy-looking pass plays. That kept alive a drive which resulted in Seattle's first TD. A 12-yarder to ex-Bear Bobby Engram victimized Hawthorne after two incompletions. Later on the drive Hawthorne was burned on a 16-yarder to Darrell Jackson that put Seattle in the red zone.

"Some things I have to work on, and one of those is being patient," Hawthorne said. "I got anxious and I need to be more patient."

Hasselbeck played only two series but quickly rang up five completions for 56 yards and three first downs. Backup Seneca Wallace went 14-of-26 for 135 yards.

Do the Packers need McKenzie? One preseason game doesn't tell much of a story. The Packers' pitfalls in that brief chapter were probably enough to keep the cornerback quite interested in how the team fares without him in the next installment vs. Aaron Brooks and the Saints Saturday.

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