Packers-Bengals pre-game notes

The Green Bay Packers' preseason game tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals will be a homecoming for A.J. Hawk. The linebacker's hometown of Centerville, Ohio, is about an hour drive from Cincinnati. He said a number of family and friends will make the trek to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati for the 7 p.m. game (ESPN).

"It will great game for us," Hawk said. "It's a Monday night game, the atmosphere will be great."

While most of Hawk's family and friends are nearby, the parents of Packers offensive lineman Siitupe Peko and Bengals' defensive tackle Domata Peko are making a 15-hour journey from Samoa to see their sons play against each other for the first time in a lifetime.

"I knew it would happen one day when we both went to Michigan State and he made the NFL," said Domata said last week. "My parents are going to be here. Both their boys on the same field at the same time. We talked yesterday on the phone. We're really looking forward to it. You know how the big brother always beats up on the little brother? We want to see what happens."

Actually, Siitupe, 27, who has six years on Domata, is a "nice guy" who didn't pound him as a kid. Indeed, he's always taken Domata under his wing whether he's been at Lansing or with the Jets (who took him in the seventh round of the 2001 draft), Seahawks, Colts or Packers.

"I haven't played against him, but we work out and train together," Domata said. "I know a lot of his stuff and he knows my moves. It will be fun. He has good hands. I've got to try and keep those big hands off of me."

Other notable connections for tonight's game include:
-- Antonio Chatman, played the last three seasons with the Packers, mainly as a return specialist but was not re-signed in the off-season;

-- Hannibal Navies, the Bengals linebacker was released by the Packers on Aug. 27 last year after starting for two seasons (2003-04) with Green Bay;

-- Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis were both assistant coaches at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990-91;

-- Marcus Wilkins, the Bengals linebacker played two seasons with the Packers in 2002-03 before he was released in training camp in 2004;

-- Packers fullback William Henderson and Bengals running back Rudi Johnson are cousins;

-- Packers defensive linemen Kenny Peterson and Ryan Pickett each played at Canton (Ohio) McKinley High School

Injury update
Tight end Tory Humphrey (elbow) and defensive lineman Kenny Peterson (ankle) returned to practice on Saturday, but Peterson is still questionable for tonight's game, coach Mike McCarthy said.

Running back Arliss Beach (shoulder tendinitis) wore the red no-contact jersey in practice Saturday but is expected to play against the Bengals.

Among others bothered by injuries this week who returned to practice, running back Najeh Davenport and cornerback Mike Hawkins are expected to play. Cornerback Patrick Dendy (ankle), guard Mookie Moore (shoulder) and running back Ben Brown (tailbone) are questionable.

Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 30, 2005 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 21-14.

Brett Favre threw five interceptions, something he had never done during a regular season game, and a fan stole the ball from his hand during a last-minute drive, something he had never seen before. Backed up on their 5-yard line with 56 seconds remaining, the Packers got a break with a 48-yard pass interference penalty. After a fan interrupted the game by running onto the field, Favre was sacked, then threw his last pass from beyond the line of scrimmage as the Packers came up 28 yards short and out of time.

Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 24, 1991, at Milwaukee County Stadium. The Bengals won, 19-16 in overtime.

The Packers built a 13-0 lead on a pair of Brad Daluiso field goals and Sterling Sharpe's 25-yard touchdown catch from Don Majkowski. The Bengals came back behind Jim Breech, who kicked a game-saving 31-yard field goal with three seconds in regulation, then booted a 43-yard game-winner in overtime.

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