Sitting this one out

Packers coach/GM Mike Sherman said after this morning's practice that eight players, maybe more, will not suit up for Green Bay's second exhibition game of this preseason against the Arizona Cardinals.<p>

Safeties Marques Anderson (hamstring) and Antuan Edwards (knee/groin), fullback Najeh Davenport (foot) and Chris Gall (knee), center Mike Flanagan (thumb), wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), linebacker Anthony Sessions and offensive tackle Earl Dotson (knee/back) are definitely scratched from the lineup, Sherman said.

It is possible that offensive tackle Mark Tauscher (elbow), wide receiver Robert Ferguson (groin) and linebacker Nate Wayne (knee) may not play against the Cardinals. Wayne and Tauscher each practiced with the first units today.

The Packers held 13 players out of their first exhibition game last Saturday against Philadelphia.

Ferguson did not participate in scrimmages but fielded punts after practice. He reaggravated the groin injury last Saturday in Green Bay's 20-13 exhibition loss to the Eagles. Tauscher bruised his left elbow on Tuesday in practice when fullback Joey Dozier accidently hit it from behind. Wayne had patellar tendon surgery in January and has been limited in practice. He also has been hampered by a sore Achilles' tendon.

Sherman said that the first units may play up to one half against the Cardinals Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz.

"They're not going to play a whole game. I think they can handle a half a game at nighttime down there. I'm anticipating them being able to handle close to a half."


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