Training camp notes

Offense bounces back; injury update; kickers get showered

After a sloppy showing during the 11-on-11 two-minute drills in Tuesday night's practice, the Green Bay Packers bounced back with a solid practice Thursday evening at Clarke Hinkle Field.

"I thought the energy was good," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "I thought the offense was excellent at the beginning and I thought the defense responded. ... I thought it was one of our better practices in camp."

McCarthy was disappointed with the offense in Tuesday's practice at Old City Stadium. The offense committed a handful of penalties and was unable to put the ball in the end zone.

The Packers bounced back after getting a day off from practice on Wednesday.

Injury update
Tight end Bubba Franks did not participate in Thursday night's practice. Franks was scratched in the eye near the end of Tuesday's practice and were forced to leave. Franks also sat out of Thursday morning's practice.

McCarthy said that Franks' eye is 90 percent healed and the veteran may return to practice on Friday.

Franks also may wear a shield to protect his injured eye, but must first get permission from the National Football League, according to McCarthy.

Other players who did not practice Thursday night due to injuries were cornerback Antonio Malone (knee), running back Vernand Morency (knee), and linebackers Juwan Simpson (shoulder) and Rory Johnson (abdomin).

Quarterback Brett Favre cut his right hand while he was at his home in Mississippi earlier this week, but was able to practice. At times during the practice, trainers treated the backside of his hand. McCarthy declined to offer any specifics on how Favre's hand.

Shower over Clarke Hinkle Field
Dave Rayner and Mason Crosby, who are locked in a close battle to win the kicking job, competed under different circumstances Thursday night. Both kickers attempted field goals, but with teammates an arm's length away, making all kinds of noise, and dousing them with water as they attempted the field goals.

Both were able to convert short-range field goal attempts, but both missed wide left from a longer distance before McCarthy put an end to the fun.

It's official
An NFL officiating crew, led by Referee Gene Steratore, was at both practices Thursday and will be in Green Bay through the Family Night scrimmage Saturday at Lambeau Field.

The NFL officials work closely with the players and coaches, advising them of rules changes and to answer questions during practices.

The NFL officials and local officials, who work most of the team's practices, will combine on Saturday night to officiate the scrimmage.

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