Minicamp notebook for Thursday

Coach Mike McCarthy wraps up the final offseason practice by telling his players to "be safe, be smart", and is hopeful his team will be healthy when training camp begins on July 28.

Coach Mike McCarthy says he's not one to worry, but one thing that might cost him a few winks of sleep is the health of his football team.

From that perspective, he hopes to be enjoying a worry-free 39-day break leading to the start of training camp.

The Packers wrapped up their three-day, four-practice minicamp with a swift 90-minute practice inside the Don Hutson Center on Thursday morning, and McCarthy met with reporters afterward for the last time until his pre-camp news conference on July 26.

Asked about the health of the team — especially the group of players who sat out the four weeks of organized team activities and the minicamp — McCarthy was optimistic all of the injured players would be ready to practice at least once a day once training camp starts.

"That's my anticipation," he said, "based on my conversations with the medical staff."

His major concern is the health of the defensive line. Tackles Johnny Jolly, Justin Harrell and Colin Cole missed all of the offseason practices, and end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is coming off knee surgery.

"I'd like to see those guys get healthy," he said. "You never want to see one particular group kind of dominate the medical report. I think that will take care of itself the next month."

"If you're healthy," he added, "you have the ability to play at your highest level."

Quick hits

— The Packers weighed their players on Thursday, and strength and conditioning coach Rock Gullickson gave each of them a targeted weight for their return for training camp.

"It's a great opportunity for them to step away from our facility and train in a different environment, and spend time with their family and get ready to go" for camp, McCarthy said.

— McCarthy's final message to his players may have hit home a bit more in the wake of what happened to former Packers receiver Javon Walker this week in Las Vegas.

"Be safe, be smart," McCarthy said. "I say that to the football team all the time and talked to them this morning and again the last thing as we left the field to be safe and be smart."

— McCarthy said he'll spend another week in Green Bay, then go to Texas to see his daughter in Texas. Then, it's back to Green Bay to move into a new house with his wife.

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


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