Packers coach Mike McCarthy was happy to see the 33-year-old in attendance and didn't seem concerned that it took him to the third week of OTAs to make his debut.
"Al keeps him self in great shape. He's a player we don't get ourselves concerned with as far as getting out of shape," McCarthy said after Thursday's practice. "Just watching him work post-practice with (defensive backs coach) Lionel Washington, I don't have any concerns."
Nonetheless, McCarthy stressed the importance of these voluntary workouts.
"The offseason is very important," McCarthy said. "We have a very distorted training camp schedule compared to ones in the past (with camp starting on a Monday instead of the usual Saturday). There's an amount of work that needs to be done, and these OTAs are important and our minicamp in a couple of weeks is important. It's important for Al be here because the practices are less that what we've done the last couple of years in training camp."
Fellow starting corner Charles Woodson is practicing for a second straight week. Starting middle linebacker Nick Barnett, absent last week, was back.
While he left the field under his own power, he watched the rest of practice with a wrap on his right calf. After practice, he was walking without much of a limp, and said he got the wind knocked out of him when his knee hit his chest when he landed.
"We're looking at his shin and ankle" is all McCarthy would say.
While the Packers lost one tight end, they regained the services of Tory Humphrey, who missed all of last season after breaking a leg on the first day of training camp.
Humphrey returned to practice on Tuesday.
"It's great to see him back," McCarthy said. "It's been a long road back for him. ... He's a unique player that I was very high on last year."
Standing behind Herron
McCarthy said the team is standing behind running back Noah Herron, who thwarted a would-be robbery at his suburban Green Bay home on May 30 by attacking one of the alleged intruders with a bed post.
"He handled it probably the best he could. It's a tough time," McCarthy said, refusing to go into detail because the incident is under investigation.
The Packers have released their minicamp schedule, with all three practices from June 17-19 starting at 10:15 a.m. inside the Don Hutson Center.
As has been the case for the OTAs, fans will be allowed to watch a portion of practice, but will be removed once 11-on-11 drills begin because of space and safety concerns.
Also on Tuesday, the Packers announced that the final OTA open to reporters and the public will be on Thursday, June 12, instead of Wednesday, June 11. That practice will start at 11:15 a.m.
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