Notebook: Havner Getting Close

Tight end Spencer Havner continues to sit due to injury from motorcycle accident ... plus more from Wednesday's OTA.

Tight end Spencer Havner, who suffered a broken shoulder blade during a motorcycle accident on March 15, is on track to participate in the mandatory minicamp that begins on June 21.

"I feel great," Havner said after watching Wednesday's organized team activity. "I feel near 100 percent. I feel great. Ready to go."

Coach Mike McCarthy said the bone (scapula, in medical lingo) was scanned on Tuesday and team Dr. Pat McKenzie didn't feel comfortable clearing Havner for practice. That would happen in "at least another two weeks," McCarthy said.

Havner wasn't interested in talking about the events of that night, which led to him being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Charges have not been filed and Havner thinks he's out of the woods.

"I wish it didn't happen, but it's something I've got to go through and everything's getting back to normal," said Havner, stationed at his new locker between Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn.

Havner was a surprise sensation last year, with the converted linebacker turning four of his seven receptions into touchdowns. But with a fifth-round draft pick used on former Penn State star Andrew Quarless, there's no guarantee that Havner will make the roster. And missing all of this practice time isn't improving his odds in his battle with Quarless and veteran Donald Lee.

"I'm not really worried about that right now," he said. "I'm just concentrating on getting back and I think what I bring to the team will speak for itself."

Let's get ready to rumble!

It was the type of scuffle you might expect during a 90-degree day in August or late in the final practice of two-a-days.

At one moment, Brad Jones was rushing the passer against Breno Giacomini. A split-second later, Giacomini hit Jones with a haymaker that knocked Jones' helmet to the Ray Nitschke practice field turf.

"It's football. Fights happen," the always-smiling Jones said.

"That's just football," Giacomini said. "We were being physical and sometimes that happens, you know what I mean? I kind of like Brad. So, it was nothing to get mad at or anything like that. That just happens sometimes. You know what? It might have brought a little bit of extra juice to the end of practice, but that's not something that the coaches really look forward to having in practice. Me and him will talk it out."

Roll call

Injured players who were spectators: Brett Swain (knee), Will Blackmon (knee), Derrick Martin (ankle), Al Harris (knee), Havner (scapula), James Starks (hamstring), Nick Barnett (knee), Jason Spitz (back), Ryan Pickett (arm), Donald Driver (rest) and Ronald Talley (ankle). Justin Harrell was at practice with his helmet but didn't appear to be taking part in any drills.

"Got it beat up a little bit yesterday so they decided to keep me out today," Pickett said of his injury. "No big deal."

McCarthy said Starks is "getting close."

Unsigned restricted free agents Atari Bigby, Tramon Williams and Johnny Jolly were absent, too. Charles Woodson was absent.

Four-point stance

Mason Crosby made two 43-yard field goals during a two-last-plays-of-the-game drill. Interestingly, with the first unit, Aussie punter Chris Bryan was the holder. For the second unit, it was fellow punter Tim Masthay.

— Speaking of punting, Bryan was the winner of the battle on this rainy afternoon. He had one downed at the 1-yard line after a diving save by Pat Lee and a heads-up play by Brandon Underwood. Masthay was chastised for taking too long to kick the ball when he was backed up from the offense's 1-yard line.

— During two-minute drills, Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for a picture-perfect 19-yard touchdown pass to cap a 60-yard drive. The No. 2 offense's drive died quickly, with Desmond Bishop deflecting Flynn's pass into the waiting hands of Josh Bell for an interception.

— Rodgers will play in Driver's charity softball game, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers PR superman Chris Mehring informs Packer Report. The game will be played on Sunday.

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