News And Notes From Packers Camp

The Green Bay Packers have held three 8:20 AM workouts so far in their 2013 training camp.  All three practices have drawn large crowds as the team’s fans try and get an early look at a Packers team that is in search of its third straight NFC North Division title and fifth consecutive appearance in the NFL Playoffs.  Here are some news and notes from the first three days at Ray Nitschke Field:

Put On The Pads
Sunday’s practice was the first one in which the Packers were in full pads.  It was also the first time that the team got a look at their rookies in pads.  Defensive end Datone Jones, the Packers first round draft pick, wasn’t nervous about getting physical with the veterans…

Sunday’s practice was physical with several minor altercations.

Receivers Banged Up
Three of the Packers young receivers suffered injuries in the first two practices.  Seventh round draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey both went down Saturday while rookie Sederrik Cunningham had his wrist heavily wrapped Sunday after having surgery Friday.  Johnson was asked about the severity of his knee injury…

The news could be worse for the Packers as the Eagles, Ravens and Broncos all had major injuries this past weekend.

Take A Break
Those attending the first three practices noticed a slight change to the Packers workouts.  The team is taking two minute breaks that are meant to simulate TV timeouts and try and keep the team fresh and healthy.  Linebacker Clay Matthews likes the idea…

Music is played during the breaks and the three selections Sunday were: U2’s “Vertigo”, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Dave Matthews Band’s “Funny The Way It Is”.

Rodgers Speaks Out About Braun
The past couple of years Wisconsin’s two MVPs were the best of friends and business partners, but that may soon not be the case.  After Friday’s first camp practice, quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about his feelings when he learned Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season…

As of right now, Rodgers and Braun each have their name on a Brookfield bar and grill named 8-twelve.

Players Asked About Jennings’ Comments
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were just some that were asked about comments that former teammate Greg Jennings made to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the Packers and Rodgers.  Receiver James Jones still considers Jennings family but he does not condone the comments he made…

Apparently, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier also is not a fan of Jennings comments.

Sherrod Working Towards Return
After missing the entire 2012 season, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod is trying to work his way back onto the field.  The Packers first round draft pick in 2011 is recovering from a broken leg which he suffered in Week 15 of the 2011 season.  Sherrod told reporters Friday that he is feeling good…

Mike McCarthy said Sunday that Sherrod has his normal stride back and its now about him being able to do “football movements”.

Familiar Face Roaming The Sidelines
The Packers all-time leading rusher is back with the team, but in an entirely different capacity as his last two stints.  Instead of playing, Ahman Green is helping get the team’s latest group of running backs ready for the upcoming season.  Head coach Mike McCarthy explained…

In eight seasons in a Packers uniform, Green ran for 8,322 yards.  He also holds the Packers single-season record for rushing yards with 1,833 in 2003.

The Packers have Monday off and will return to the practice field Tuesday morning at 8:20.  Here is the Packers Training Camp Schedule

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