Minicamp notes: Sherman blasts Carroll

Last year, the Green Bay Packers had cornerback Ahmad Carroll wear boxing gloves in practice in an effort to prevent him from grabbing receivers beyond the no-chuck zone. On Tuesday in minicamp practice, Coach Mike Sherman landed a few verbal jabs on Carroll.

Carroll was the object of Sherman's wrath during a seven-on-seven passing drill. Donald Driver caught a short pass over the middle, and was supposed to be "touched" down. But Carroll got fairly physical with the veteran wide receiver and wrestled him to the Ray Nitschke Field turf. With Robert Ferguson out of practice nursing a sore back and Javon Walker absent in a contract dispute, Sherman made it clear to Carroll that he didn't want Driver injured because of over-aggressiveness and went ballistic.

"Don't do that again, don't do that again!" Sherman screamed at Carroll. "Do you understand me? Do you understand me?"

The Packers defensive backs and linebackers have made it a point to play more aggressively during the June minicamp. With take-aways in mind, defenders will often swat hard at the ball after a receiver makes a catch in an attempt to create a fumble. Carroll simply got carried away while defending Driver.

"That's all part of it. That's part of Ahmad growing up," said cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington. "It was a little more physical than we would like with no pads on, but he's going to do well. Coach Sherman is a tough coach, and Ahmad can adjust to tough coaching."

Carroll declined to speak to reporters in the locker room after practice. Last year, he was penalized a number of times for pass interference, holding or illegal contract during the 12 games he started. So, the coaching staff went as far as making him wear boxing gloves in practice to teach him to keep his hands off receivers. This off-season the coaches have been especially hard on Carroll in trying to break him of his habits that led to penalties.

Last week during an 11-on-11 scrimmage, defensive coordinator Jim Bates pulled Carroll out because he was holding Driver on a slant route. "Get somebody in there that won't hold," Bates yelled to his assistants.

"It's tough because you want the cornerbacks to be body on body on receivers," Washington said. "Sometimes, that's going to happen. You saw what happened today, and Coach Sherman jumped all over him. If it was a rookie player, I don't think Coach would have said anything, but it was Donald Driver and one of our key players. We definitely want to keep that guy healthy."

Said Driver, "Everybody needs protection. I really need it. We just have to make sure nobody gets hurt in camp."

Injury update
Wide receiver Robert Ferguson did not practice Tuesday because of a sore back. He "jammed" his back during one-on-one drills on Monday, according to Sherman. Safety Mark Roman, who has a bruised knee, did not practice. Roman sustained the injury in a collision with defensive lineman Kenny Peterson during Brett Favre's charity softball game on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Donnell Washington limped off the field during the 11-on-11 scrimmage, holding his left hamstring.

Receiver returns
Wide receiver Sam Breeden joined the team in practice Tuesday. Breeden spent this spring playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe.

Breeden caught 10 passes for 144 yards (14.4 yard avg.) and scored one touchdown in 10 games with the Galaxy (3-7).

The NFL Europe season concludes on Saturday when the Berlin Thunder (7-3) meet the Amsterdam Admirals (6-4) in the Yello Strom World Bowl XIII in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Breeden is the first of Green Bay's allocated players to join the Packers in minicamp.

Roster move
The Packers Tuesday signed free agent receiver Chad Lucas.

Lucas (6-1, 201) played at Division I-AA Alabama State. He originally signed with the Tennessee Titans as a non-drafted free agent after the 2004 NFL draft. The Titans waived him on the eve of training camp.

Lucas had also spent time with the Arena Football League's San Jose SaberCats.

As a senior at Alabama State in 2003, Lucas posted 47 catches for 813 yards and five TDs.

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