Training camp notes

The Green Bay Packers Tuesday obtained wide receiver Carlton Brewster, a 5-foot-11, 214-pound rookie out of Division II Ferris State, from the Cleveland Browns for cornerback Therrian Fontenot, and released veteran wide receiver Marc Boerigter.

Boerigter's release is not totally surprising. Though the Packers gave him a $90,000 signing bonus as part of a one-year deal in late March, Boerigter had fallen behind veterans Donald Driver and Rod Gardner, and rookie free agent Ruvell Martin on the team's depth chart at wide receiver. Boerigter dropped a pair of catchable passes in practice on Monday. He had one catch for 19 yards in two preseason games with the Packers and had few big plays in practice.

Boerigter sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and missed the 2004 season. He played two seasons in the Canadian Football League before signing with the Chiefs in 2002. He caught eight passes for 119 yards in 10 games in 2005.

Brewster was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Browns in May. He had three catches for 21 yards in 2006 preseason action with Cleveland.

Fontenot (5-10, 187) spent last season with the Green Bay Packers on their practice squad and also appeared in one game on special teams. Fontenot was originally an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fresno State with the Buffalo Bills in 2005.

Kicker bounces back
Dave Rayner, who pushed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide left at the end of a two-minute drill in practice on Monday, made all eight of his attempts inside the Don Hutson Center in practice Tuesday night.

Rayner made field goals from 34, 39, 42, 46, 48, 25, 49 and 53 yards.

Rayner made a 30-yard field goal attempt Saturday night against Atlanta, his only attempt in two preseason games. He also has made all five of his extra point attempts.

Bear Week under way
The Packers closed practices today and tomorrow to the public mainly to begin preparing for the season opener Sept. 10 against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. The Packers begain installing parts of their game plan to make sure that nothing is a complete surprise during the week before the opener against their NFC North Division rival.

"It's nice to look ahead and realize that we're just two weeks away from Chicago," said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "It will be good to get into some regular season games."

Before they began preparation against the Bears, however, the Packers engaged in a game of dodgeball, which took the place of the scheduled morning practice. The chance was welcomed by the players and coaches.

"It's a long week," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "We've got to be smart with our football team this week with what we do."

The Packers do not play another preseason game until Aug. 28 at Cincinnati. They finish the preseason four days later at home against Tennessee.


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