Packers-Falcons notes

Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy are seeking a few good ‘football players,' for the 53-man roster, and that's why McCarthy took a good look at rookie running back Arliss Beach Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Beach played extensively in the second half of Green Bay's 38-10 win, and led the Packers with 50 yards rushing on nine carries for an impressive 5.6-yard average per carry.

"I'm in favor of tough guys," said McCarthy. "He's a tough, physical football player. He put his foot down and ran with a lot of forward lean. I think he's a young man that has a bright future."

Beach, who only had seven starts at the University of Kentucky, was limited in practices early in training camp after sustaining a concussion. But he has returned to practice and improved his chances of making the 53-man roster against the Falcons.

Beach had a 19-yard run near the end of the third quarter while playing with the second-team offense.

Injury report
McCarthy said after that game that fullback William Henderson and backup offensive tackle Todd Williams sustained knee injuries in the game, but did not know the severity of each injury.

Williams was carted off the field midway through the fourth quarter.

Hawk has busy night
Linebacker A.J. Hawk continued to provide snapshots of why the Packers selected him with the fifth overall pick of the NFL draft this season. Hawk finished with four tackles, but made a handful of big hits and broke up two passes to Falcons receivers.

Hawk, like many of Green Bay's younger players, displayed more anticipation on plays. He played all of the first half and most of the second half.

McCarthy said afterward that linebackers coach Winston Moss said Hawk took a "step forward" against the Falcons.

"We're excited about that," McCarthy said. "I'm not really concerned about him. He's one of those guys that needs to keep playing. I compare him to Aaron Rodgers, when he reaches his comfort level, you're going to see what he's all about."

Did not play
The following players did not suit up due to injuries: safeties Marviel Underwood (knee) and Atari Bigby (hand), cornerbacks Will Blackmon (foot), Patrick Dendy (ankle), and Mike Hawkins (knee), defensive linemen Dave Tollefson (rib), Kenderick Allen (abdominal), and Kenny Peterson (ankle), fullback A.J. Cooper (hamstring), linebacker Kurt Campbell (hamstring) and offensive lineman Will Whitticker (hamstring).

Safety Marquand Manuel, running backs Ahman Green and Samkon Gado, linebacker Brady Poppinga participated in warmups but did not play. Green (quadriceps) and Poppinga (knee) began practicing in team drills earlier in the week and were not expected to play. Gado sustained a groin injury in the first preseason game against San Diego and was limited in practice during the week. Manuel returned to practice last Monday and has been bothered by a sore right calf.

The following players did not suit up for the Falcons: running backs Warrick Dunn and DeAndra Cobb, cornerback Brent Grimes, linebacker Keith Brooking, guards Ben Claxton and Tyson Clabo, tight end Alge Crumpler, wide receiver Cedric Bonner, offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka, and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux.

Extra points
-- Ahmad Carroll and Jason Horton start at cornerback in second half with rest of first defense. Starting cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson did not play in the second half.

-- The second-team offensive line consisted of Josh Bourke (left tackle), Daryn Colledge (left guard), Chris White (center), Mookie Moore (right guard) and Junius Coston (right tackle).

-- Kicker Dave Rayner made his only field goal attempt, a 30-yarder, and all five of his extra-point tries. He also kicked the ball into the end zone six times in seven chances.

Packer Report Top Stories