Notebook: Camp Practice No. 19

McCarthy cuts practice short, but not short enough for Rouse; plus more from the final two-a-day practice on Thursday night.

Coach Mike McCarthy cut the last 10 minutes out of Thursday night's final two-a-day workout.

He should have cut out 12 minutes. After a lengthy two-minute drill, followed by nine field goals, the offense squared off against the defense in a seven-on-seven passing drill in which safety Aaron Rouse hurt his right hamstring.

"Just felt that we were heavy-legged for our last two-a-day practice," McCarthy said. "I wish I would have did it three plays earlier. ... My instincts told me to shut it down. I wish I would have did it a couple minutes earlier."

McCarthy didn't have an update on Rouse, though he was carted back to the locker room.

"Didn't look good," McCarthy said.

Almost perfect attendance

Outside of the usual suspects — cornerback Pat Lee (back), outside linebackers Clay Matthews III (hamstring) and Jeremy Thompson (groin/stingers) and defensive end Justin Harrell (back) — the Packers had almost full participation at the night practice.

"We're getting healthy," McCarthy said. "We had a number of guys come back. You just want to get out of those two-a-days healthy and try to lower the risk for the fatigue injuries. I think we're over that hurdle now."

Coming back were receivers JaRon Harris (groin) and James Jones (hamstring), safety Anthony Smith (groin) and defensive end Johnny Jolly (ankle). As they did in the morning, Matthews and Thompson participated a little in the jog-through portion at the start of practice.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop dropped out of part of practice but wasn't on McCarthy's injury report.

Two-minute drill

In a backups-only two-minute drill, Matt Flynn marched the offense to a last-second touchdown.

Sort of.

On second-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Flynn hit Brett Swain around the 2 and Swain scored. However, for the sake of competition, Swain was deemed "down" at the point of the catch. Flynn hustled the offense to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball to stop the clock with 2 seconds remaining. On fourth-and-goal, Flynn fired incomplete in the face of a blitz by Rouse.

"We got a bad spot there on the goal line. I'm sure we'll take a close look at that on the film," McCarthy joked.

Flynn went 5-for-11, including an 18-yard completion to Ruvell Martin on fourth-and-10.

Special teams

Kicker Mason Crosby hit all eight field-goal attempts (a ninth was waved off by a penalty). The makes were from 28, 31, 36, 38, 44 and 48 yards with the second unit and 52 and 48 yards with the first unit. Punter Durant Brooks is the holder on the second unit with Flynn for the first.

"I would definitely classify him as a very good holder," McCarthy said of Brooks.

Earlier in practice, Brooks and Jeremy Kapinos had five punts apiece from the offense's 40-yard line. Brooks averaged 45.4 yards compared to Kapinos' 43.2. As usual, though, Kapinos had the better hang time and consistency. Brooks uncorked a 60-yard bomb.

Then, each got one crack from the defense's 45. Kapinos hit a touchback, with a spiral that landed 1 yard deep in the end zone and stopped there. Brooks hit a floating 33-yarder that resulted in a fair catch.

"I thought it was OK," McCarthy said of the punting. "I think Jeremy's actually hitting the ball better over the last week. I thought Brooks was a little up and down."

Injury settlements

Scout.com NFL insider Adam Caplan says the Packers reached an injury settlement with tight end Tory Humphrey, who broke a forearm on Aug. 6. Also, according to Caplan, an injury settlement was reached with receiver Patrick Williams, who had a hamstring injury. Both were on injured reserve.

Extra points

— Johnny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins were the linemen in the nickel defense, with B.J. Raji replacing Jolly on occasion.

— During the job-through period in the morning and at night, Thompson was at left outside linebacker. He spent all of the offseason on the right side.

— Rookie T.J. Lang lined up at left tackle for the first time. He didn't last long. One false start, and he was replaced by fellow rookie Jamon Meredith.

— Former team President Bob Harlan was in attendance.

— Rookie Tyrell Sutton was second in line behind Will Blackmon on kickoff returns. The pecking order had been Blackmon, Tramon Williams and Sutton.


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