Night Notebook: Crosby Misfires

Mason Crosby's 6-of-9 performance on field goals is the big story from Sunday night's practice. Coach Mike McCarthy ended the practice early because of abundant cramping. Monday's practice is at 2 p.m., with players in full pads.

Mason Crosby's first kicking session of training camp will do nothing to quiet the fear that the Green Bay Packers have a definite problem.

Crosby, who statistically was one of the worst kickers in the NFL with 75.0 percent accuracy last year, connected on 6-of-9 field goals at Sunday night's practice. He connected from 28, 33 and 36 yards to start the drill before missing wide left from 40 yards with the ball placed on the right hash. After connecting from 43, Crosby missed back-to-back kicks from 45 yards with the ball placed in the middle. His evening concluded with makes from 50 and 53 yards.

Coach Mike McCarthy cited the "the operation" as part of the problem, and said Crosby struck the ball well. Punter Chris Bryan held on all nine kicks. Bryan, the import from Australia, obviously arrived in Green Bay with no experience as a holder.

McCarthy prefers to go with a punter as the holder because of all the time they can spend together at practice. The fallback plan is backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who held for four games late in 2008 and for most of last season, but Flynn is busy running the offense at practice.

"Really, the regularity of having the punter hold for the kicker is the best option, in my opinion," McCarthy said. "Once that position is solved, I don't look for any issues in that area. The negative is he's had so many holders in a two-, two-and-a-half-year period. That's something we'd like to get away from."

That's a wrap

McCarthy ended practice 10 plays early because of widespread cramping. Not long after James Jones beat Charlie Peprah on a go route and Peprah crumpled to the turf because of a cramp, the horn blew to end the workout.

"This is our most challenging day. It is every year," McCarthy said. "The second day of practice with back-to-back padded practices in the morning and both long practices. Just being conscientious."

Four-point stance

Allen Barbre replaced Daryn Colledge as the starting left guard for a handful of snaps late in the practice. Colledge was beaten badly by Cullen Jenkins during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill.

Charles Woodson had two interceptions, both brilliant thefts in which he snatched the ball just before it reached Brett Swain. "We know he's out there. He's a very instinctive, smart player," McCarthy said.

— We're not allowed to tell specifics, but the Packers are going to great lengths to get the ball to tight end Jermichael Finley. And speaking of Finley, during a one-on-one session against the safeties, Finley's cut was so crisp that safety Derrick Martin's knees buckled and he almost fell to the turf.

Will Blackmon, who is on a one-a-day schedule as he comes back from last year's knee injury, was given the night off. Otherwise, Swain, Martin, linebacker Nick Barnett, offensive tackles Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, and defensive end Ronald Talley were all back at practice after being held out of the morning.

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