Injury update

Lee's sore back forces him to drop out of practice, Palmer's hamstring tightens up

Thanks to a schedule that includes fewer practices and less hitting, the Green Bay Packers have been able to avoid any major injuries during training camp this season. However, a few players have sustained nagging injuries that have kept them from practicing.

Tight end Donald Lee strained his back during Tuesday's morning practice and attempted to practice during the evening session before dropping out.

"He fought through practice and tried to go again (in the evening), so I actually sent him back up (to the locker room)," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Offensive lineman Tony Palmer did not practice on Tuesday to rest a slight hamstring injury that he sustained during last Saturday's preseason game at Pittsburgh.

Both Palmer and Lee are expected to return to practices Thursday. The Packers do not practice today.

Other players who have not been able to practice this week include: Offensive lineman Orrin Thompson (knee); fullback Brandon Miree (stinger); running backs Vernand Morency (knee), P.J. Pope (knee), and DeShawn Wynn (quadriceps); and defensive end DeVon Hicks (groin).

Thompson, Miree, and Wynn may be ready to practice on Thursday.

Linebacker Nick Barnett and cornerback Al Harris each dropped out of Tuesday's morning practice due to back stiffness. Both players participated in the team's evening practice.


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