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A bye week at the season's halfway point has already paid off for the Packers. Most of the team's walking wounded returned to practice ready to retake the field.<p>

"I think after having the time off that they had there was going to be a little more juice in their legs and they certainly were a lively group," coach Mike Sherman said. "They came back refreshed and ready to go."

Ahman Green, Brett Favre, Al Harris, Robert Ferguson and Marco Rivera were among a long list players who sat out a practice or two in the weeks leading up to the bye, then came back rested and ready this week.

The only player still held out of practice was safety Darren Sharper. He suffered a sprained knee in Green Bay's win over Dallas Oct. 24 and the injury is still keeping him out of practice. He may be able to play against Minnesota Sunday at Lambeau Field. Coach Mike Sherman said Sharper would be evaluated throughout the week.

"We'll just take it one day at a time as we normally would with an injury like his and make a decision later in the week, probably by Friday, on how available he'll be for us," Sherman said.

"He appears - in my conversation with him - to be very confident that he'll be available, but along the same lines I have to be smart about it, and we will," Sherman said.

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