Minicamp notebook for Wednesday

Afternoon practice is canceled; Scott Wells misses practice; Ryan Grant remains part of team; and more from Wednesday's minicamp.

The Green Bay Packers' three-day, five-practice minicamp was cut down to four practices over three days when coach Mike McCarthy canceled Wednesday afternoon's session in favor of playing paintball.

That means the final minicamp practice — and the club's last workout until training camp convenes on July 28 — will be Thursday's morning practice. It will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Don Hutson Center and be open to the public for about an hour.

As for the paintball — team-building exercises were a staple of offseason workouts under former coach Mike Sherman — the Packers split into eight-man teams. The winners were defensive end Aaron Kampman, fullback Korey Hall, safety Tyrone Culver, running back Vernand Morency, receiver Brett Swain, running backs coach Edgar Bennett, and Ricky Brumfield, a coaching intern from Fairmont State.

Odds and ends

— Wide receiver Sean Bodiford didn't practice and his equipment was gone from his locker. There was no news on a roster move, and the official reason why he was absent was a sore back.

On the 88 players listed on the official roster, 12 slots (including Bodiford) are filled by receivers. Bodiford, who was among the Packers fielding punts at practice on Tuesday, caught the first pass of his career last season in the finale against Detroit. He averaged 20.5 yards on two kickoff returns last season and 16.2 yards on five kickoff returns in 2006.

— Starting center Scott Wells missed his second consecutive practice with a sore back and hip. In his absence, starting right guard Jason Spitz moved to center. Also, left tackle Chad Clifton continued to rest. He was replaced by Daryn Colledge. Allen Barbre was the starting left guard, rookie Josh Sitton the starting right guard and Mark Tauscher was in his usual spot at right tackle.

Reserve lineman Junius Coston continues to sit with a sore back, as well.

— Running back Ryan Grant, as usual, was on the sideline as he waits for his contract to get resolved.

"I'm not trying to come from a place of a boycott or anything like that," Grant said. "I understand that I need to be up here as much as anybody else — but probably more. We need to be here as a team, guys need to be here and I want to be a part of that."

While he's not practicing, Grant continues to participate in all other phases of the Packers' offseason program, from working out to being in the classroom.

"I want to let it be known that I'm a part of this team and I want to be one of the leaders," he said. "I want to do everything possible. The business aspect doesn't allow me to practice, but everything I can do, I'm definitely doing."

— Rookie receiver Jordy Nelson is the early favorite to be the punt returner, though it's so early in the offseason, it probably means little that he continues to take the first rep during punt-return drills.

— On Tuesday, rookie Brian Brohm was the only quarterback to lead the offense to a touchdown during a 2-minute drill. On Wednesday, Brohm led a drive to set up a field goal during a no-huddle period. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers' hurry-up drive was intercepted on a diving grab by Charles Woodson, and rookie Matt Flynn was "sacked" when linebacker Brandon Chillar wasn't picked up on a blitz.

Brohm got most of the work during team periods, throwing about twice as many passes as Rodgers, who has taken the bulk of the snaps this offseason.

— Coaches are showing little patience with mental mistakes. On Tuesday, starting tight end Donald Lee was sent to the sideline after being whistled for a false start. On Wednesday, rookie tight end Jermichael Finley was yanked after a false start.

Favre golf update

During a conference call with reporters, a spokesman for the American Century celebrity golf tournament that will be played next month at Lake Tahoe said former Packers quarterback Brett Favre has backed out of the event.

The official reason was a "scheduling conflict." On Tuesday, Rodgers said he hoped he'd be paired with Favre.

Steve Lawrence is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com


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