Packers pregame notes

Green expected to play despite legal issues

Running back Ahman Green, who missed the last three days of practice while in court, is expected to play tonight when the Green Bay Packers take on the Tennessee Titans in the final exhibition game of the season.

Green signed a plea agreement Wednesday stemming from an April 25 domestic violence incident with his wife, Heather. In a deal arranged to avoid sanctions from the National Football League, Green agreed to undergo counseling and perform community service to avoid a criminal conviction for domestic violence. If Green stays out of trouble for one year, completes violence counseling and performs 100 hours of community service, prosecutors will dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against him since May 10.

Green was arrested April 25 after an arguement with his wife at their suburban Green Bay-area home. Heather Green called 911 after Ahman began slamming doors, punching pillows and yelling at her. Green took the phone away from his wife and hung it up, according to the criminal complaint. When 911 operators tried to re-establish contact, Green repeatedly hung up the phone.

Heather Green said in a statement that she endorsed a plan that would help her husband avoid a criminal conviction.

Both teams 1-2 in preseason
The Packers and Titans enter with 1-2 records in the preseason.

The Titans will try to rebound from a 16-13 overtime loss last week at San Francisco. It was Tennessee's second overtime game of the preseason, the first having come in a Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Packers also are 1-2 in the preseason. They beat the San Diego Chargers in the preseason opener on Aug. 11, but have dropped consecutive games to the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.

Favre-McNair team up
The game tonight features two distinguished Mississippians in Brett Favre and Steve McNair, both former league MVPs. But the two have more than football on their minds lately in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Both quarterbacks have teamed to fill a truckload of relief supplies bound for Mississippi. McNair has a home near Favre's in Hattiesburg, Miss. Favre also is offering to exchange an autographed photo for each minimum donation of $100 to his Favre Fourward Foundation in an effort to raise money for hurricane victims.

Returning to action
DT Corey Williams, who had been filling the void left by Grady Jackson and Cletidus Hunt most of the preseason, didn't play in a 27-3 loss to New England on Friday because of a strained oblique muscle. Williams suffered the injury in the previous game, Aug. 20 at Buffalo.

Williams has practiced this week and is expected to play against the Titans.

TE David Martin also sat out of last Friday's game against New England because of a groin injury. He returned to practice the last two days and is expected to play tonight.

Still on the shelf
LB Na'il Diggs, out since Aug. 8 with a partial tear in the medial collateral ligament of his left knee, said last week it's not a given he will be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 at Detroit. His sprained knee remains sore, and Diggs suggested it's not worth taking the risk of returning early if the knee isn't completely healed.

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