Ki-Jana Carter sees first Packer PT

After a sore Achilles' tendon kept Ki-jana Carter off the field last week, the beleaguered running back finallly got some playing time for the Packers in the win over Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday.<p>

That's the good news for Carter. The bad news is that his brief performance didn't turn any heads. Carter had 12 yards on four carries with a long-gain of five yards.

On Carter's initial series, he carried on first and second down for 1 and 3 yards, respectively. He dropped a pass on the series, and the Packers had to punt. He fared somewhat better on his next series, when he gained five yards on first down, but QB Craig Nall was unable to convert on second or third down.

Meanwhile, Carter's competition made bigger strides. Rondell Mealey had 8 carries for 41 yards and Tony Fisher gained 20 yards on four carries.

""I think they're catching the ball extremely well, particularly Fisher," Coach Mike Sherman said. "He made a couple of great catches out of the backfield, one on a swing pass down the near sideline."

While the outlook isn't exactly rosy for the man who was once the NFL's top pick, that doesn't mean Carter is finished or that Mealey or Fisher have sewn up a job, Sherman said.

"No, I don't think it's totally played out at all," Sherman said. "I think we have to let this thing play out and continue to work them and see where they are. That will be a work in progress the entire preseason in my mind."

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