Packers notebook

Veteran fullback William Henderson, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, is expected to be in uniform on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field, but starting left guard Jason Spitz may not be available to play.

Henderson practiced with the team today and is prepared to officially begin his 12th season in the National Football League. The Packers released fullback Vonta Leach on Tuesday to make room for wide receiver Koren Robinson, leaving Henderson as the only true fullback on the roster.

Henderson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 21 and first returned to practice Sept. 4. Henderson, who was not on the active roster in the opener against the Chicago Bears, has only missed three of 193 regular season games in his career.

On the other hand, Spitz sustained a deep thigh bruise to his left thigh. His leg was wrapped and he was walking with a noticeable limp today in the locker room. Coach Mike McCarthy said that he may practice on Thursday, but if he is forced to sit out of Thursday and Friday's practices, he probably won't play on Sunday against the Saints.

With second-year pro Junius Coston listed at "out" for Sunday's game with a knee injury, rookie Daryn Colledge may find himself back where he started the preseason. Colledge was demoted from his position after the first preseason game against San Diego and moved to left tackle to play behind Chad Clifton. But he is happy to get another opportunity at left guard opposite rookie right guard Tony Moll.

"I know the system now. I know what I'm doing every play now and I know I can get there and do it at 100 mph," said Colledge, who suited up, but did not play Sunday against Chicago. "For me, that's what football is all about. It's about playing fast, playing aggressive and having fun. That's something I didn't do in the first game (against San Diego). I've had a lot of fun in the past few weeks backing up guys like Clifton and Spitz and I've learned a lot. I'm ready to get in there myself and get my hands dirty."

The Packers also listed rookie cornerback Will Blackmon on their injury report as "questionable" for Sunday's game (50-50 chance he won't play) after he suffered another setback with his foot. Blackmon missed all of training camp and most of the team's voluntary practices in May and June after breaking a bone in his right foot. McCarthy said Blackmon's return will be "day to day." The Packers were hoping that he could return by the end of September, but it appears that will be pushed back.

Player notes
-- RB Ahman Green was a bright spot in his first regular-season game since he sustained a ruptured quadriceps tendon last Oct. 23 in a game at Minnesota. Green gained 110 yards in 20 carries, marking his first 100-yard game since a 145-yard effort against the Vikings on Nov. 14, 2004.

-- QB Brett Favre was on the losing end of a shutout for the first time since he assumed the reins in Green Bay in 1992. Favre also didn't have a touchdown pass for the fifth time in the last six games, dating to the final month of last season. He's thrown 12 interceptions, including two in the fourth quarter Sunday, with only one touchdown in that stretch.

-- WR Donald Driver accounted for nearly half of Favre's 15 completions with seven catches for 96 yards. The pair's longest connection was for 24 yards to open the second half.

-- WR Greg Jennings didn't have a smashing rookie debut. After leading the league in the preseason with 328 receiving yards, the second-round draft pick didn't have a reception until he had a 5-yard catch in the closing seconds of the game.

-- TE Bubba Franks didn't have a catch Sunday. The Pro Bowler was employed frequently as a blocker to try to alleviate pass-protection problems for the line with rookie guards Spitz and Tony Moll. Franks missed the last four games of the 2005 season because of neck and back injuries. He hasn't had a reception since last Nov. 21 against Minnesota.

-- LDE Aaron Kampman was one of the few productive players for the defense, which was exploited by the Bears' passing game. Kampman logged seven tackles and a game-high four quarterback pressures, including a sack of Rex Grossman in the second quarter.

-- MLB Nick Barnett led the defense with nine tackles. Barnett also had a leaping interception of a pass from Grossman to the back of the end zone in the first quarter. Barnett set a franchise record with 194 tackles last season.

-- WLB A.J. Hawk, the No. 5 overall pick in the draft this year, had a so-so debut. He registered five tackles and a quarterback hit in full-time duties. Hawk stayed on the field, along with Barnett, in passing situations as the Packers were content to go exclusively with a nickel alignment.

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