Training camp notes

The weather has been hot and muggy, and muscles are getting more sore by the day for many of the Green Bay Packers. But through five days of two-a-days, the Packers have yet to sustain serious injuries to any of their starters or reserves.<p>

In fact, wide receiver Terry Glenn, who missed a day of practice Tuesday with a hyperextended right knee, returned to the practice field on Wednesday. Aside from linebacker Nate Wayne and safety Antuan Edwards, who are both recovering from knee reconstruction surgeries last year, the Packers have been (knock, knock) injury free.

"We sustained at least half of this first week better than we have in the past," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "Our starters have been out here on a regular basis and hopefully that will continue."

News of the day: The Packers signed eighth-year guard Jeff Blackshear, a versatile lineman who have started 96 games over his NFL career, mainly with the Seattle Seahawks.

"Wherever they tell me to play, I'll play regardless," said Blackshear. "I'm ready to play."

The Packers signed Blackshear because the Packers have yet to see any of the reserve offensive linemen separate themselves from the others.

"There are tremendous job opportunities here on the offensive line," said Sherman.

Offensive tackle Kevin Barry, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and tight end David Martin (cramps) returned to practice.

Sidelined: Defensive back Bhawoh Jue (groin/abdominal), Earl Dotson (knee), wide receiver Charles Lee (hamstring), fullback Joey Dozier (shoulder), and defensive tackle John Gilmore (sinus infection) did not practice at all. Wayne (knee) and Edwards (knee) were again limited in practices.

Who's hot: Veteran Hardy Nickerson has been practicing as advertised. The middle linebacker has set the tempo in contact scrimmages with solid tackles and aggressiveness.

Who's not: Second-year pro Bill Ferrario has struggled early in camp, which prompted the Packers to sign Blackshear. Ferrario has been playing left guard, his position at the University of Wisconsin, but the coaches haven't been happy with his progress. They have even inserted center Frank Winters at guard as a precaution.

Quote: "We'll never be 100 percent, but we'll try to get close to that. That's what training camp is all about. That's what football is about. You strive to get to that point. We know we'll never get to that point, but the closer you get to it, that's how good you'll be." – wide receiver Terry Glenn on timing between him and Brett Favre.

Weather: Sunny, hot, breezy and muggy with temperatures in the high 80s.


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