Minicamp notes: Hunt still absent

Cletidus Hunt has yet to speak with Packers head coach Mike Sherman, or anybody within the Green Bay Packers front office regarding his absence from the June minicamp. But the defensive tackle has connected with teammate Grady Jackson.

Jackson told reporters Monday after minicamp practice that he, along with other teammates and coaches, are disappointed that Hunt has chosen not to attend the voluntary camp. Practices continue until Thursday of this week.

Jackson and Hunt are good friends. They often speak to each other on the phone. But Jackson says Hunt hasn't given him a good reason why he isn't practicing with his teammates.

"Maybe he and the coach need to sit down and talk and see what the problem is," Jackson said.

While there was speculation last week that the Packers plan to release Hunt, Sherman insists that Hunt has not dug his own grave in Green Bay, and he is welcome to attend practices.

"I wouldn't say that," Sherman said. "We'll just have to wait and see on what transpires."

Last year, Hunt skipped the first three practices in the June minicamp before reporting. So many at practice today were awaiting Hunt's arrival. "I thought he would be in here by now, like he did last year," Jackson said. "Maybe he might pop in tomorrow (chuckles). Hopefully he'll pop in tomorrow and say, ‘All right, I'm here, let's go.'"

Hunt wasn't the only no show on Monday. Wide receiver Javon Walker continued his contract holdout. Tight end Bubba Franks, who is without a contract after the Packers placed the "transition tag" on him in February, is expected to miss the remaining three practices.

Quarterback Brett Favre, who observed a few practices last week, has been excused from the minicamp by Sherman.

Rough day
All three quarterbacks ¬– Craig Nall, Aaron Rodgers, and J.T. O'Sullivan struggled to complete passes in windy conditions on Ray Nitschke Field. A number of passes were intercepted, some were dropped and some were well off the mark of intended receivers.

"I think the quarterbacks are probably right where we thought they would be," said Sherman. "Certainly with the wind today, they are going to be a little bit hampered. I thought they did a pretty good job considering the conditions. It is pretty windy out here today, and we've thrown a ton at them. You have to understand that everything Brett knows, these guys have to know. Brett has been around for a long time and has sat in a lot of meetings. These guys are being thrown the book – Football 404. It's a little heavy and it takes a little while to absorb, but I think they're doing OK."

Roman update
Safety Mark Roman sustained a bruised knee in Brett Favre's Celebrity Softball Classic Sunday in Grand Chute. Sherman said that Roman wanted to practice on Monday, but the coach kept him out for precautionary reasons.

Roman is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.


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