All's well in Wells' debut

Welcome to life in the NFL, kid.

About the only time the casual observer noticed rookie center Scott Wells in the lineup was when he was called for holding to wipe out a 79-yard touchdown reception by Ahman Green.

Wells was exonerated afterward. The Packers overcame the penalty and scored a touchdown anyway, the holding penalty was dubious at best, and Wells earned a glowing report card from Packers coach Mike Sherman for his play against sturdy Lions defensive tackles Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson.

"He did a heck of a job. He didn't just survive," Sherman said of Wells, who started for Grey Ruegamer, who was starting for Pro Bowler Mike Flanagan. "A lot of times, you put your third-team center in there, you just want to get through it and survive. He made plays. He made blocks and finished blocks."

Who will be making the blocks Sunday against Jacksonville is uncertain. Sherman said Ruegamer's ailing ankle is improving but the veteran's status will be up in the air until practice starts Wednesday.

Same goes for backup tackle Kevin Barry, Sherman said. Barry (strained thigh) was held out of the Lions game and was replaced in the Packers' renowned U-71 tackle-eligible formation by Brad Bedell.

"I thought he did good," Sherman said of Bedell, who wears No. 72. "I don't know if he's good enough to make it U-72, as opposed to U-71. But we'll see."

In other injury news

— Starting weak-side linebacker Na'il Diggs is bouncing back from his bruised kidney but now has a bad back. Sherman hopes Diggs can practice Wednesday or Thursday.

— Starting strong-side linebacker Hannibal Navies' nagging shoulder injury was aggravated against Detroit.

— Backup linebacker Nick Rogers could be out for a week — or a month — after bruising his left knee against Detroit.

— Starting safety Mark Roman will have to take it easy after straining a shoulder during a superb performance against Detroit. He will not participate in contract drills.


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