Packers notebook

Brett Favre took part in his final practice of the current Organized Team Activities session on Tuesday at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay. Coach Mike McCarthy has excused Favre from the last of the 14 practices today.

McCarthy said afterward that Favre was heading back to his home in Mississippi. The coach was happy with the way the veteran quarterback threw the ball during workouts.

"I thought he had three throws there in a row where the ball was really starting to spin off his fingers," McCarthy said. "That's about right. We did a pitch count on him the whole time he was here, we kept him under 100 throws a week and feel really good about the amount of work he got done this past month."

Backup Aaron Rodgers will take the majority of snaps with the first team in today's practice.

"I think he's progressing," McCarthy said. "Tomorrow will be another opportunity for him to have another practice with a majority of the reps. Once again, in a young quarterback development is a process and I definitely think he's moving forward in that process."

Woodson still absent
Cornerback Charles Woodson, who has yet to attend any of the practices this month, was not present on Tuesday and is not expected to attend today, either. The cornerback signed a seven-year, $52 million deal with Green Bay in April, but only attended the post-draft mini-camp, which was mandatory.

McCarthy obviously wants Woodson and other veterans, like Al Harris, to attend the voluntary workouts. Safety Nick Collins also wasn't at practice on Tuesday. Wide receiver Rod Gardner and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett have skipped a number of practices as well.

"Is it a big deal? It's not what we prefer, obviously. We want everybody here," McCarthy said about Woodson. "But we're obviously taking measures to make sure he's ready for training camp."

The Packers have been without their two starting cornerbacks on the practice field since the post-draft mini-camp. Fourth-round draft pick Will Blackmon also has been sidelined because of a broken bone in his foot that he sustained in the May 19-21 mini-camp. Still, defensive coordinator Bob Sanders says he's not overly concerned. Training camp opens on July 28.

"I don't really worry about that right now," Sanders told the Associated Press. "The young guys have got the opportunity to get their shots."

Filling in
Rookie Jason Spitz played center in place of Scott Wells on Tuesday. Wells was excused from practice for personal reasons, McCarthy said.

Spitz also has been getting work at right guard with the first team in recent practices.

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