RB Brandon Jackson, after missing the mandatory minicamp in May because of a required promotional appearance in Los Angeles for top rookies, has been sidetracked again. Jackson suffered a knee injury early last week during the team's organized team activities. Head coach Mike McCarthy didn't let on that the injury is serious and was hopeful to have the second-round draft pick back on the field when the OTAs resumed June 11.
WR David Clowney became the first of the Packers' 2007 draft picks to sign when he inked a four-year deal worth $1.67 million in base salary. No word on his signing bonus.
RB DeShawn Wynn, a seventh-round draftee, began practicing again after nursing a calf injury for a month.
DT Justin Harrell, the Packers' first-round draft choice, has yet to be cleared for team drills this off-season. The medical staff is being overly cautious with Harrell, who missed most of his final college season because of a ruptured biceps tendon. Harrell likely will be limited to individual drills until training camp starts in late July.
WR Robert Ferguson (foot) and safety Marviel Underwood (knee), who are fully recovered from serious injuries sustained last year, also probably won't get the green light until the start of training camp.
WR Timon Marshall signed with the Bears Tuesday after spending five seasons playing Arena Football. The 5-10, 188-pounder spent the past three seasons with the Grand Rapids Rampage.
Fellow ex-AFL and current Bear Rashied Davis had 22 catches for 303 yards last season after spending the 2006 season as an extra defensive back for the Bears following an MVP season in Arena ball. Like Davis, Marshall excelled as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner in the AFL, leading the league with a team-record 2,374 all-purpose yards in 2006.
Before joining the Bears, Marshall had caught 102 passes for 1,134 yards and 27 TDs this season for the Rampage. He also led the AFL with 83 kick returns for 1,901 yards and 6 touchdowns.
"This is a dream come true for me," Marshall said after signing a three-year contract. "I've been waiting for this opportunity and I finally got a chance. Now I just have to play to the best of my ability to make this team."
Marshall will compete as a slot receiver and return specialist with the Bears.
QB Rex Grossman has spent plenty of time on his footwork this off-season. The Bears' coaching staff is convinced that most of Grossman's problems, and a lot of his 20 interceptions, were the result of throwing off his back foot or falling off his throws rather than stepping into them.
So, throughout the off-season program, Grossman has worked with new quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton on stepping up in the pocket, which the team believes will result in stronger, more accurate throws while also enabling Grossman to occasionally pick up a few yards with his feet when no receivers are open. Grossman has been concentrating on holding the ball with two hands further back toward his right shoulder in order to keep his weight on his back foot as he sets up to throw.
"We're trying to get everything (to be) muscle memory so I don't think about keeping two hands on the ball or stepping up, it just comes naturally," Grossman said. "Pep Hamilton's been great and I'm excited that he's here working with me."
LB Chad Greenway has not missed a workout during the Vikings' Organized Team Activities and minicamp and appears to be completely recovered from the left torn anterior cruciate he suffered in the first exhibition game last season.
"I've been extremely impressed," Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of Greenway's progress. "I wasn't here last year when he got injured, but I see no effects. It's just been amazing, the way that he runs around and twists and turns and jumps."
CB Antoine Winfield attended the mandatory minicamp but continued to stay away from the OTAs this week. Winfield clearly isn't happy with the organization and it appears his biggest objection comes with the direction of the team. Winfield has made it clear he will be at training camp.
NT Pat Williams sat out a couple of the OTAs last week to rest his knees. Williams said his knees especially benefit from not practicing when the Vikings work on the turf in their indoor facility.
Third-round draft pick CB Marcus McCauley has been seeing extensive time with the first team because of Antoine Winfield's absence.
WR Roy Williams didn't practice much during organized team activities because of a pulled hamstring he suffered in the mandatory minicamp.
"It's pretty good, but I can feel it still," Williams said. "No need to push it."
"We want to be really smart," coach Rod Marinelli said. "The last thing I want to do right now at the end of this thing is aggravate a guy's injury, and then you get him in the off-season and he's trying to heal up."