OTA notes: Finley may be ready for minicamp

Also: Role call for final OTA; ESPN's blowout coverage of season opener; Harlan honored; going to Canton.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said rookie tight end Jermichael Finley "possibly" will be able to practice when the three-day minicamp begins on Tuesday.

Finley injured a knee during a midair collision at practice last week, and he remained on the sideline as organized team activities wrapped up on Thursday in the Don Hutson Center.

"A bruise on the knee. He kind of fell awkwardly," McCarthy said. "I think he is going to be fine. It didn't look very good on film."

Finley's absence is good news for another tight end who knows all about being injured. Tory Humphrey, who spent the last two seasons on injured reserve, is getting extra reps in the absence of Finley and 6-foot-8 Joey Haynos (hamstring).

"You never want to see anybody hurt, but I'm not complaining about the extra work," Humphrey said.

The prognosis isn't as good for a bunch of other wounded players who sat out the OTAs. Defensive tackles Johnny Jolly, Justin Harrell and Colin Cole and defensive back Will Blackmon will be ready "at some point in training camp," McCarthy said. That's a step back from previous statements, in which McCarthy believed all would be ready to roll when camp kicks off on July 28.

McCarthy said Harrell is making nice progress following back surgery.

"Very positive reports from (strength and conditioning coach) Rock Gullickson the last two weeks where he has been able to pretty much get after it full-go now," McCarthy said.

Also out

Joining the aforementioned injured players on the sideline were defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee surgery), offensive linemen Chad Clifton (rest), Junius Coston (back), Tony Moll (knee) and Cameron Stephenson (calf), fullback John Kuhn (groin) and cornerback Kyle Ward (ankle).

Several veterans were allowed to skip the final day, including cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Al Harris, linebacker Nick Barnett and defensive ends Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins.

"Veterans, we gave a couple of guys some time off and we'll have everybody here next week for the mandatory minicamp," McCarthy said.

ESPN coming for opener

Not surprising considering its love affair with/inability to let go of Brett Favre, ESPN will provide blowout coverage of Green Bay's season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 8, in which the Packers will retire Favre's No. 4.

In addition to ESPN's A team of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser calling the game, the "Countdown" crew led by Chris Berman will broadcast live at Lambeau Field starting at 4 p.m.

Also, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pardon the Interruption," in which Kornheiser is a central figure, and parts of "SportsCenter" will be delivered from the stadium. The paper reported ESPN will be in town Friday scouting for broadcast locations.

Thanks, Bob

Former Packers president Bob Harlan was saluted by the Green Bay community in a Brown County United Way fundraiser in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Thursday night.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt gave Harlan a key to the city, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle was in attendance and there were video tributes from former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, former Packers coach Mike Holmgren, former Packers quarterbacks Brett Favre and Bart Starr and baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Harlan spent 37 years with the Packers, the final 19 as chairman of the board and president. Asked for the highlight of his career, Harlan said the Lambeau Field renovation and his decision to hire Wolf as GM in 1991.

Road trip

Director of player development Rob Davis will lead the Packers' rookies to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Friday.

For the first time, as part of the NFL's rookie orientation program, all 32 teams are sending their rookies to the Hall of Fame to teach the young players about the league's rich history.

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