Notebook: Camp Practice No. 10

A long day for a few outside LBs; injury updates and much more from a hot and humid Monday practice.

Brady Poppinga walked off the Ray Nitschke Practice Field as if he'd just walked through a rain forest.

That'll happen when you're one of only three outside linebackers able to practice on a humid, 85-degree afternoon.

"It's a good thing we've got guys like Brady," inside linebacker Brandon Chillar said after Monday's practice.

With Jeremy Thompson limited by a groin injury and then sidelined after aggravating a stinger, first-round selection Clay Matthews out with an injured hamstring and seventh-round pick Brady Jones still on PUP with a sore back, the Packers sweated through practice with only Poppinga, Aaron Kampman and Cyril Obiozor.

"I would put them both in the category of day-to-day," coach Mike McCarthy said of Thompson and Matthews, who are competing for the stating job on the right side. "It's just about how they respond to the treatment. Definitely Clay having another day off today should definitely help him."

Kampman lined up at his usual spot at left outside linebacker, Poppinga played both sides and Obiozor played on the right side. Kampman batted down a screen pass from Aaron Rodgers while Poppinga got position coach Kevin Greene's attention by stuffing pulling guard Andrew Hartline.

Short at running back, too

Also out were halfbacks Brandon Jackson (shoulder) and DeShawn Wynn (knee), leaving Ryan Grant, Kregg Lumpkin and Tyrell Sutton to pick up the slack. Wynn's lengthy injury history was a major reason why he was released before the end of camp last season.

"This is a legitimate injury," McCarthy said. "I think we have grown out of that stage personally, in my opinion. I am a fan of DeShawn Wynn for a young man that started where he started. He cleared some obstacles, both in-season and offseason. He has really prepared himself for this opportunity. It's unfortunate that he had this knee (injury)."

With the focus of practice on third and fourth downs, there weren't many running plays. Grant had one of the best runs, taking a play to the right back to the left between blocks by Daryn Colledge and Chad Clifton. Against the reserves, Sutton ripped off three consecutive runs totaling about 30 yards.

More injuries

Also out were receivers Ruvell Martin (groin) and Patrick Williams (hamstring), linebacker Nick Barnett (PUP, knee), tight end Tory Humphrey (broken forearm), defensive ends Johnny Jolly (ankle) and B.J. Raji (holdout), and cornerback Pat Lee (back).

McCarthy said Jolly is "close" to returning. "His ankle is a significant injury, and we knew when it happened, just the way the injury looked on film and getting rolled up," McCarthy said.

Safety Anthony Smith was back with the second unit after being out with a groin injury. There's no timetable to test Barnett's knee to see when he'll be cleared to suit up for the first time since tearing an ACL at midseason at Minnesota.

With two days off because of the rained-out scrimmage, McCarthy said his team "definitely benefited" from the time away and "double treatments" by the training staff on Sunday.

"I don't care where you are in your training; when you come back to work after a day off, there are some guys that feel real good and there are some guys that are still fighting through injuries," McCarthy said.

The schedule

The Packers have two practices on Tuesday: 8:45 a.m. in shells and 6:30 p.m. in pads.

The morning practice will be a review and the night practice will be the last of nine playbook installations and will include an emphasis on the season-opening opponent, the Chicago Bears.

Wednesday is a day off, and Thursday and Friday will be used to get ready for Saturday night's preseason opener against Cleveland.

Extra points

Charles Woodson was one of the day's standouts, with a sack and an interception. Al Harris also had a sack when he sniffed out a trick play in which the running back ran like it was sweep to the right, only to throw the ball to his left to Rodgers.

— Duck season: Receiver Brett Swain's throw on an end-around flea-flicker and Brian Brohm's Hail Mary.

— A blitzing Brandon Chillar got tangled up with his blocker and wound up decking Rodgers. Nobody was hurt. "It was a bad play for me," Chillar said.

— The offenses went 0-for-2 in the 2-minute, with Woodson's interception of Rodgers killing the No. 1 offense's drive and a hapless drive by the No. 2 offense in which there was a sack, false start and Matt Flynn almost being intercepted on fourth-and-25.

— The starting left defensive end was Michael Montgomery during 11-on-11 work. Breno Giacomini got more than a few reps in place of Allen Barbre as the No. 1 right tackle. That will be a hot topic with the coordinators available to reporters on Tuesday.


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