DT Justin Harrell isn't fully recovered from a torn biceps tendon that ended his 2006 season at Tennessee after three games. The Packers medical staff isn't taking any chances with the surgically repaired left arm and held Harrell out of 11-on-11 and pass-blocking drills in both the rookie orientation camp and the recent full-squad minicamp.
"If you'd ask him, he's ready to go," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "With all of our players that are coming off medical issues, we're just being extremely cautious because once we release them, they're full go." McCarthy added that Harrell might be cleared for all drills within the first week of the organized team activities. The 12 practice sessions start May 30 and are spread out over three weeks.
DE Aaron Kampman probably will be kept out of the 12-practice organized team activities, which begin May 30, ensuring that last season's standout will be ready for the start of training camp. Kampman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in April.
WR Robert Ferguson is hopeful of being cleared for the OTAs. Ferguson said he's about 80 percent recovered from the Lisfranc foot injury that ended his 2006 season after four games.
S Marviel Underwood, who sustained torn ACL and MCL ligaments in a knee during a preseason game last year, also is eyeing to get back on the field again at some point in the OTAs.
DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (thigh) and RG Jason Spitz (back) were held out of the last two days of the May 18-20 minicamp because of injuries sustained in the first practice. The injuries weren't considered to be serious.
S Mike Brown, who missed the final 10 games last season following foot surgery, practiced without any apparent limitations.
"They wouldn't have had me out there if I wasn't all the way back," Brown said. "So, yes, I'm all the way back."
Brown also missed four games in 2005 with a calf injury and 14 games in '04 with a ruptured Achilles tendon but said he's not worried about more injuries.
"If I'm out there, trust me," Brown said, "I'm not worried about all that."
OT Aaron Brant signed for four years, $1,697,100, including a $42,100 signing bonus. The deal could be worth up to $500,000 more if Brant achieves escalator clauses based on playing time by the third year of the deal.
CB Corey Graham signed for four years, $1.81 million, including a $149,000 signing bonus.
CB Trumaine McBride signed a four-year, $1,710,250 deal, including a $55,250 signing bonus.
LT John Tait didn't participate in any of last weekend's three minicamp practices after undergoing ankle surgery in late February.
"(It's) a little bit of cartilage," Tait said. "(And) ligaments getting stretched out just from chronic rolling my ankle. I never had surgery before. That was my first one. The doctor said I will be coming back as strong as ever."
Tait said he expects to start running in 2-3 weeks, and coach Lovie Smith said the nine-year veteran would be back before the start of training camp on July 27.
DT Tommie Harris (hamstring) did not participate in minicamp, but is expected back for the start of training camp.
WR Troy Williamson revealed that a two-day evaluation by Nike consultant Alan Reichow at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., helped determine the receiver's right eye is weaker than his left.
Williamson, the seventh-overall pick in the 2005 draft, has been doing a prescribed set of drills to strengthen his eye that included extensive work catching balls from the JUGS machine after the OTA practices. He had a team-high 11 dropped passes in 14 games last season.
RB Kevin Jones has had two pins removed from his surgically repaired left foot. One remains. "That one stays in," Jones said. "It's not anywhere where it's going to affect me from flexing it at all."
Jones said he was still on target to return for training camp. He will be competing with guys like Tatum Bell and T.J. Duckett who have been going through all of the off-season practices and conditioning, but he doesn't seem concerned. He has been running gassers at half speed, as well as riding a stationary bike and working in the weight room.
"The best thing for running and getting in shape is running," Jones said. "I'll be a little bit behind, but it won't take me too long."
WR Calvin Johnson continues to impress. It seems he makes a highlight-reel catch in every off-season practice. During a recent organized team activity, he made a one-handed grab as he was twisting and falling to the ground.