Minicamp notes: Williams sore and bummed

With Cletidus Hunt AWOL from the Green Bay Packers' June minicamp, Corey Williams had the inside track on the starting ‘three-technique' position along the defensive line. He had practiced with the first-team defense in the position during the post-draft minicamp in April, then began the June minicamp with the first team.

But on the first day of practice, Williams got tangled up with an offensive lineman and fell awkwardly to the FieldTurf on Ray Nitschke Field. Williams tried to get up, but was unable to rise to his feet because of a sharp pain he felt in his hip.

"I was wondering, ‘Dang, what is it?' And I couldn't get up," Williams said. "Usually, if I get an injury I try to get up and jog off the field, or walk off the field. When I tried to roll over and get up, the sharp pain hit me."

Williams was carted off the field. He was at practice on Thursday, but walking very gingerly from what was determined to be a hip flexor injury.

Williams wants to be on the field because he is battling for a starting job against Donnell Washington, James Lee, Cullen Jenkins, Kenny Peterson and Colin Cole. But is is very doubtful that he will be able to return before the camp ends on June 9.

Williams played both tackle and end last year, but has mainly been used inside this off-season, especially with Hunt absent. While many lineman frown about getting moved inside from an end position because the risk of injury increases, Williams welcomes the opportunity.

"I like it because I can use my quickness against most offensive linemen and that helps me out a whole lot," said Williams, a second-year pro, drafted in the sixth round by the Packers last year.

"I'm glad they moved me inside. I feel more comfortable inside than outside. Outside was fun. It was cool. I liked it, but I feel more like this is my position when I'm inside."

Fortunately, Williams is expected to be back to normal by the time training camp begins at the end of July.

Favre visits: Quarterback Brett Favre visited the team's practice today at Ray Nitschke Field. The star quarterback was excused from the minicamp by head coach Mike Sherman, but Favre returned to Green Bay for his charity softball game this weekend. He also has sold his house and is preparing to move his belongings.

Favre met with some players on the field, but was not available to speak to the media afterward.

"Here's here?" said center Mike Flanagan (tongue in cheek). "He's the leader of the team. You'll see, the young guys will learn real quick how he works and they'll pick up on it. Sherm (Mike Sherman) has a plan. Obviously Brett knows more about it than we do, but there's a reason behind everything. I'm sure whatever it is it will be good and he'll come in fired up."

Favre also was excused from the team's April minicamp by Sherman. The coach wants Favre to be as fresh as possible when training camp begins in late July.

"He looked good," said running back Ahman Green. "I can't wait for him to be here in July and get rolling."

No number 97: Cletidus Hunt again was absent from minicamp practice. The defensive tackle apparently has made no effort to contact any coaches or personnel about his whereabouts and reason for his absence.

Defensive coordinator Jim Bates declined to talk about Hunt, but clearly made his point about players who are not at practice.

"They're behind, they're totally behind," said Bates. "They're starting out behind when we go to camp and it's a catch-up game from the get-go."

Hunt was at the team's mandatory April minicamp, but injured his hamstring during the first day of practices and was unable to participate for the remainder of camp.

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