Training camp notebook

Here are some notes and quotes from the first day of the Green Bay Packers 2007 training camp at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay

As the Green Bay Packers opened their 2007 training camp this afternoon at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay, three veterans could only watch as their teammates sweated it out under the sun and low 80-degree temperature.

Defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, and wide receiver Donald Driver each failed their physicals, which were given by the team on Friday. Pickett and Jolly were unable to finish the running part of the physical while Driver is still experience some weakness in his right shoulder, which he injured during a game at San Francisco last December.

Part of the physical requires players to run 106 yards eight times in less than 20 seconds, which Pickett and Jolly flunked.

"I thought I was ready for the conditioning test," said the 322-pound Pickett, who entering his second season with the Packers. "I got to the last one and I had a headache and just didn't make my time."

Pickett said the running part of the test has always been a struggle, but vowed that he will be ready to go by the start of the regular season.

Though Pickett and Jolly were not allowed to practice today, both may soon be back on the field.

"They ran me today and I did much better," said Pickett. "I feel like I'll be ready quick. They just want me to get out on the field. I'll be out there soon."

The Packers are holding Driver back as a precautionary measure. The veteran took part in off-season minicamp and Organized Team Activities practices, but he still has a sore AC joint in his right shoulder, an injury he sustained last Dec. 10 at San Francisco. Driver is anxious to get out on the field, but will first have to pass the physical in order to be cleared to practice. The Packers are being extra cautious with Driver.

"He will be day to day," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "I'm not concerned because, like all of us, we know that Donald keeps himself in shape year-round. We're just being cautious with him."

Injury update
Tight end Tory Humphrey was taken off the field on a cart after he sustained an ankle injury. The severity of the injury was not immediately known.

Running back Vernand Morency injured his knee late in the practice. Rookie Brandon Jackson stepped in with the first-team offense in place of Morency during the final team scrimmage in the practice.

Fullback DeShawn Wynn was unable to practice due to a stomach virus.

Harrell happy to be back in pads
Justin Harrell, who was forced to sit out of most drills during off-season minicamp and Organized Team Activities practices, practiced with the second team defense today in practice.

The Packers were cautious with Harrell, who sustained a ruptured biceps while at Tennessee last September. The team's first-round pick said he experienced no ill effects of the injury today in practice.

"I knew I was real rusty," said Harrell. "It's been a long time since I've been in pads. It's going to take some time to get used to it. I'm trying to push it every day and trying to get better."

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