Notebook: Bulaga Staying at LT

In other news from Wednesday's OTA, Charles Woodson returns and the dates and practice times of next week's minicamp are set.

At this point, first-round pick Bryan Bulaga is going to have to be content spending his rookie season as the backup to Chad Clifton at left tackle.

Through four weeks of organized team activities, Bulaga has taken all of his snaps at left tackle, and coach Mike McCarthy said that won't change when the Green Bay Packers hold their minicamp next week.

Bulaga has looked better by the week. In individual work, Campen complemented Bulaga on "good eyes" by picking up a stunt. During a pass-rushing drill, Bulaga handled veteran Anthony Toribio. In an 11-on-11 session, Bulaga sprung a big run by Kregg Lumpkin.

Nonetheless, the Packers have shown no signs of moving Bulaga to another position to let him compete for a starting job.

"That's not my decision," Bulaga said. "That's for the head coach and Coach Campen. That's not my call. I'll play wherever they want me to play."

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Roll call

Charles Woodson made his OTAs debut ahead of next week's minicamp.

"Charles looks great," McCarthy said. "He really looks like he is in shape. I know he has been hitting it hard here of late, and it's great to have him out there. He has looked good last week and this week, so he looks like he is back in top shape already."

Tight end Jermichael Finley was back at work after missing last week with knee tendonitis.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins had a "personal" day, and tight end Tom Crabtree was limited to spectator status with an undisclosed injury. The others who were absent were the usual suspects — restricted free agents Tramon Williams, Atari Bigby and Johnny Jolly and injured/rehabbing Brett Swain (knee), Will Blackmon (knee), Al Harris (knee), Spencer Havner (scapula), Nick Barnett (knee), T.J. Lang (wrist), Jason Spitz (back), Donald Driver (knee) and Ronald Talley (ankle).

McCarthy didn't expect anyone from the injured/rehab group to be cleared for minicamp.

Minicamp set

The Packers' mandatory minicamp will start Monday and consist of three practices.

The Packers will practice at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Monday and Tuesday practices are open to the public (weather permitting, since they'll go into the Hutson Center if it's raining). Wednesday's practice will be open only to reporters. After that, that's all until training camp begins on July 30.

"Well, we've probably got about 85 percent of our offensive and defensive schemes in," McCarthy said. "We'll have one more installation (Thursday), and those installations will be mirrored in the training camp practice schedules. Everybody will have been introduced to all the new concepts and everything we're trying to accomplish by the end of tomorrow's practice, and we'll go into the minicamp and we will go back and review installs one through nine."

Four-point stance

— McCarthy said Mason Crosby will be the only kicker when training camp begins.

Tim Masthay was back to taking the first reps during the punting periods. McCarthy said it's a dead-heat between Masthay and Aussie Chris Bryan, but Masthay clearly was the front-runner at this practice.

Aaron Rodgers threw a dart to Jordy Nelson for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap a two-minute drill. The offense needed to move the ball 60 yards in 1:05 with only one timeout. Big plays were completions of 11 and 14 yards to Finley and a 15-yarder to Nelson before Rodgers and Nelson beat good coverage by Josh Bell.

Mark Tauscher and Breno Giacomini committed false starts, and Lumpkin, Andrew Quarless and James Jones had drops.

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