Packers notebook

Most expected to be ready by start of camp; Junior McCarthy on the way

The Green Bay Packers all but concluded their three-month offseason program with the final day of a three-day minicamp June 19. The rookies were to stay put for an extra week.

The players will report back to Green Bay for training camp July 27. The first practice will be the morning of July 28.

To be accomplished in the coming weeks are getting the nine draft picks under contract, as well as trying to resolve a contract impasse with featured back Ryan Grant.

Grant was barred from participating in organized team activities and the minicamp after he declined to sign the team's one-year tender of $370,000 as an exclusive-rights free agent. He's seeking a lucrative, long-term pact.

Grant said during the minicamp, for which he was in attendance to do individual workouts, that he expects to be signed by the first day of training camp.

Head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates having a full contingent for the start of camp. Some veteran players held out of the OTAs and minicamp for injury issues may need to be limited to one practice a day at the outset of camp. The list includes left tackle Chad Clifton (knees), center Scott Wells (back/hip), offensive lineman Junius Coston (back), cornerback Will Blackmon (foot) and defensive tackles Johnny Jolly (shoulder), Colin Cole (arm) and Justin Harrell (back).

Baby on the way
McCarthy divulged in recent interviews with Wisconsin newspapers that he is an expectant father.

McCarthy, 44, and wife Jessica, 36, are expecting a baby during the upcoming season in early November. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Arizona earlier this year, following the Packers' overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

McCarthy has one child from a previous marriage - 16-year-old daughter Alexandra.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's felt like that for the last couple of years, that the Packers didn't really want him back. Nothing's been said. It was just bits and pieces throughout the last couple of years, things that would come up, and it just didn't seem like they went out of their way to keep him. It was kind of like, 'You're done.' He has not said anything specifically, no, but I did get that feeling."
-- Bonita Favre, mother of Brett Favre, intimating to the FOX television affiliate (WITI) in Milwaukee on July 2 that Packers management precipitated the quarterback's retirement in March this year

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