Easing into it

Their minds are willing, but their bodies are ... still healing. Such is the case for a few Green Bay Packers veterans. When two-a-day practices get under way on Saturday, it is likely that safety Antuan Edwards, linebacker Nate Wayne and cornerback Bhawoh Jue will not be participate in contact drills.<p>

Wayne and Edwards are coming off major injuries. Jue injured his groin in May and is still not 100 percent. All three will dress in pads and participate in some drills, but probably be held out of contact drills for a at least a week.

"I'm going to try to have ‘em go twice a day," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "How much they do at each practice ... even Nate Wayne ... they want to go gung-ho. (Wayne) wants to go. Antuan wants to go. He wants to show that he can play. It behooves us hold them back just a little bit.

"I would like to keep them on the field dressed and being a part of the thing. You just don't pay as good of attention with pads than without pads. ... For the most part, I'm going to try to keep them out there but monitor it."

Wayne underwent surgery in January to repair the patellar tendon in his right knee. It was a delicate surgery, but Sherman said that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie was excited about Wayne's prospects of making a full recovery.

Edwards suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game last September, but has made above average progress. Like Wayne, Edwards remained in Green Bay throughout the off-season and were fixtures in the Packers' training facilities, according to Sherman.

Jue missed the June minicamp after injuring his groin while working out in May. Sherman said Jue actually tweaked a lower abdominal muscle.

While the Packers will monitor Wayne, Edwards and Jue, they have given the green light to defensive end Jamal Reynolds and offensive tackle Kevin Jordan. Both players missed the Packers' two off-season minicamps. Reynolds had knee surgery in January. Jordan also is coming off a knee surgery.

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