Open OTAs resume today

Last week's practice in the Don Hutson Center was open for about 50 minutes before fans were removed. Why, on another nice day, is the team practicing indoors? Read on for one conspiracy theory.

The Green Bay Packers are scheduled to open Thursday's organized team activities practice to the public.

It will start at 11:15 a.m. and will be conducted in the Don Hutson Center, located across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field. Fans will be allowed along the east sideline. There's not a lot of room there, so get there early for a good position.

The last open-to-the-public workout, last Wednesday, was open for about 50 minutes before fans were removed and the team went to an 11-on-11 practice period.

Coach Mike McCarthy last week announced all OTA practices, as well as the June 17-19 minicamp, would be held inside the Don Hutson Center, regardless of the weather. It's supposed to be 70 on Thursday, but McCarthy said he liked the indoor practices because they provide a "constant" practice environment.

One source, however, while not confirming it, did not scoff at the possibility the practices were moved indoors over fears spies from other teams would attend to get a glimpse of any changes made as the Packers transition from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.

The logic: fans can easily be removed from the Don Hutson Center and the doors closed before 11-on-11 periods begin. It would be almost impossible to eliminate the railbirds, or prevent anyone from watching practice from across the street with a pair of binoculars.

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