Veteran bookends Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher took some snaps with the No. 1 unit at left tackle and right tackle, respectively, in the jog-through at the start of practice Wednesday.
The majority of the reps went to rookie T.J. Lang on the left side and Allen Barbre on the right side as the Packers began cranking up their on-field preparations for the battle between the top two teams in the NFC North. Still, head coach Mike McCarthy hasn't ruled out getting Clifton back in the lineup after he's missed three of the last four games because of a recurring ankle injury and plugging in Tauscher for the first time since he suffered a season-ending knee injury last December.
"I'm looking for continuity and cohesiveness," McCarthy said. "I think that's clearly what you look for in every offensive line, the ability to play next to the same guy more than one or two weeks. We've had a hard time hitting that target."
McCarthy, though, has been encouraged about the overall play of the line the last two games, after the Vikings sacked Aaron Rodgers a career-high eight times in their 30-23 win Oct. 5 in Minneapolis. Rodgers wasn't sacked in Green Bay's 31-3 win at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, when Lang made his first pro start.
The injury occurred in the Oct. 18 win over the Detroit Lions, and Rodgers was listed on the injury report last week for the first time this season. It wasn't serious enough to keep him from making the start and performing at a high level in Sunday's road rout of the Cleveland Browns.
"He's having some tenderness with it," McCarthy said. "There's just some particular movements where it bothers him."
Hence, Rodgers was held to limited work in practice Wednesday and also will be on a similar schedule Thursday in advance of the showdown against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
McCarthy said the injury isn't related to the season-ending broken foot he suffered as an in-game replacement for an injured Brett Favre in a game against the New England Patriots on Nov. 19, 2006.
"It reminds me a little bit of the way my father raised me. You never really knew where you stood," McCarthy said. "Aaron Rodgers, he just won the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, and we haven't even given him a game ball yet (this season). So, I think we need to take a closer look at how we're judging him."
Rodgers said the league award isn't as significant as being presented a game ball.
"It's great to get a game ball in the locker room because that means you've won," Rodgers said. "We've lost two games, so it's kind of disappointing still."
The 6-foot-4, 196-pound Allen took the roster spot of fellow wideout Brett Swain, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a major knee injury Sunday.
Allen figures to be activated this weekend as the No. 4 receiver, since Jordy Nelson has been ruled out for the second straight game with a knee sprain.
Green Bay also added two receivers to the practice squad - Biren Ealy and Patrick Williams.
The 6-2, 212-pound Ealy, a second-year player, played in four games with the Tennessee Titans in 2007. The 6-1, 204-pound Williams was with the Packers in the offseason as an undrafted rookie.
Havner, a converted linebacker, replaced Finley after he suffered a knee sprain early in the last game and responded with his first NFL touchdown on a Finley-esque 45-yard catch-and-run.
"He's an instinctive football player," McCarthy said of Havner, who spent most of the previous three seasons on Green Bay's practice squad. "He's a young man that's taken full advantage of his opportunities. You love to see guys like Spencer have success."
BY THE NUMBERS: 102.0 — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's cumulative passer rating in going 7-0 against teams for which Dom Capers was a head coach or defensive coordinator. Favre won the first six meetings as a member of the Packers, then won as a Viking against Green Bay with Capers as its defensive coordinator in the teams' first meeting earlier this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm very comfortable where we are today as a football team. It seems like he's happy over there in Minnesota. That's really my focus. As far as his situation over there, and if he's happy, that's great. But, going back to that time for everybody, really, in my view, it has nothing to do with Sunday's game." — Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on reacting to comments made by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre on Wednesday that things worked out the best for both sides a year after Green Bay traded Favre in an acrimonious split after 16 years as its starter.