Notebook: Line Looks to Rebound

Offensive line coach James Campen says his group is accountable; injury reports; plus more from Thursday.

Even after a disappointing debut by the offensive line last week against Chicago, it's been mostly business as usual at practice.

"He's on us every week," right guard Josh Sitton said of line coach James Campen. "Nothing changes."

While the coaches have said there was more than enough blame to go around against the Bears, the focal point of the troubles has been right tackle Allen Barbre, who was making his first career start. Campen on Thursday said Barbre is having a good week of practice and most of his problems vs. Chicago were due to breakdowns in technique.

"He's not the first guy to have a game like that," Campen said. "His teammates say, ‘Hey, look, that happened to me at such-and-such.' Allen knows how he played. ... He's a resilient kid. He can be coached hard and he understands. He understands that it has to get done."

Barbre said he hasn't lost any confidence after being dominated by veteran defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, and he's eager to make amends against the Bengals.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and showing what I can do and prove to them that I can do it and leave no doubts," Barbre said.

Campen has been impressed with how Barbre has reacted, and that's carried forward with Barbre making himself available to reporters after the game as well as on Thursday.

"I just believe you get into a tough position and something happens, you don't go run and cower from it," Campen said. "You don't do those things and you're accountable. Certainly, I was proud of the fact that he was accountable to it. After the game, he spoke about it, got it off of his chest, didn't go run and hide from it. I think that was excellent for him. That tells you a guy is accountable to me, he's accountable to his group. Certainly, the rest of the guys, they're not hiding behind the fact that it was a poor performance on opening day. As a group, they're very accountable kids."

Meanwhile, Barbre can only imagine what the Bengals' coaches and defensive linemen are thinking after watching the film. The Bengals, who recorded only 17 sacks last season, had three against Denver.

"They're probably saying some things about they can exploit me and whatnot, but if I go out there and play the technique, I feel like I can beat anybody," Barbre said.

Injury reports

The Packers added left guard Daryn Colledge to the injury report after he left practice with a foot sprain. Coach Mike McCarthy didn't believe the injury was serious, but he wouldn't say who replaced Colledge with the No. 1 offense, either.

The rest of the injury report is unchanged. For the Packers, safety Atari Bigby (knee) is out; cornerback Will Blackmon (thigh) and defensive lineman B.J. Raji (ankle) were full participation; Colledge, kicker Mason Crosby (abdomen) and receiver Greg Jennings (wrist) were limited participation; and running back Brandon Jackson (ankle) did not participate.

"He says he's making progress," McCarthy said of Jackson, who missed last week's game.

For the Bengals: offensive tackle Andre Smith (foot) and cornerback David Jones (foot) are out; offensive tackle Scott Kooistra (knee) was full participation; halfback Brian Leonard (chest) was limited participation; and starting guard Nate Livings (knee) and quarterback Jordan Palmer (illness) did not participate.

Four-point stance

— McCarthy would like to get special-teams standout Desmond Bishop some snaps at the Packers' deepest position, linebacker. "I think it's important just to keep everybody involved, period," McCarthy said. "Especially when they perform. Desmond has done a very good job throughout the special teams in Week 1, did a very good job in preseason in everything. But it is a challenge. These are good problems that we have with our linebackers. They all want to play every down. That's healthy. But we'd definitely like to create opportunities for all our guys. Game-planning dictates that. The way the game goes dictates it, too."

— Speaking to reporters in Cincinnati, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was asked about the tradition in Green Bay: "I've played at Lambeau once, so it won't be my first time. It's exciting. It is the NFL. When you think of the Green Bay Packers, they're one of the teams that have been around forever and won a ton of championships. It's that same stadium; there's been some renovations and some changes, but it's that same stadium, which makes it cool, too. A lot of history has happened on that field. It's exciting. It's a great atmosphere for a game. It's very intimate. It's not real hostile, because it just seems like all the fans are really nice. But it's really loud. They understand football. Their football IQ is tremendous as far as when to be loud and how quiet they can get when the offense is on the field so the offense can communicate. So, it's a fun place to play, and I'm looking forward to playing a regular-season game there."

Jordy Nelson excelled in replacing Will Blackmon on returns last week, but Blackmon is expected to do double-duty against the Bengals now that he's over his bruised thigh.

— Remember Abdul Hodge? He's the backup at middle linebacker behind Dhani Jones. He played but did not have a tackle against Denver. J.T. O'Sullivan, the Packers' No. 3 quarterback for most of 2004, is the No. 2 quarterback for the Bengals.


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