Davenport Returns To Practice

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Packers fullback Najeh Davenport was back in practice Tuesday, having sat out a significant portion of training camp recovering from a foot injury incurred previous to the Packers drafting him in the fourth-round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

While GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman has stressed all along that he was prepared for Davenport to have to miss the entire season if surgery became necessary, he was clearly happy to see the former Miami Hurricane on the practice field.

"I'm not going to stress him too far on that foot, but he was out here this morning returning kickoffs (and he) looked very good, very fast," Sherman said. "He did a good job of blocking here (in the afternoon practice). He was a little bit rusty on some things.

"We're going to just take it a day at a time and try to bring him along. I'm confident it will work that way, I hope it does."

Sherman said there was a "good chance" Davenport would be able to play in Monday night's preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns.

After missing both of the team's mini-camps due to the foot injury, Davenport has impressed with his speed and blocking in his relatively few training camp appearances.

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One day after participating in the skills portion of the Packers' Monday night practice, wide receiver Terry Glenn did not participate in the team's Tuesday practices.

Glenn has been battling back from a knee injury, spending practice sessions rehabbing in the Don Hutson Center while the team holds practices at Clarke Hinkle Field.

In his brief stint working out with the team Monday, Glenn's knee seemed to still give him trouble, but Sherman said it was a step in the right direction.

"He felt good, he felt a little more confident in it," Sherman said referring to the Monday practice. "He's been inside rehabbing and running and things of that nature. I look forward to him coming out (on the practice field) sometime this week."

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He wasn't wearing pads, but injured center Mike Flanagan turned his baseball cap backward and participated in the team's 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. Flanagan, a natural lefty who broke his right thumb August 2, snapped balls left-handed.

The Packers have indicated that they would be unlikely to use Flanagan as a left-handed snapper, not because of his injured right hand, but because all of their quarterbacks are trained to take right-handed snaps. Still, Sherman was keeping his options open.

"He's just killing grass over there (standing on the sideline), so I thought I'd have him come over and snap the ball a little bit," Sherman joked. "He did a nice job. (It was) just in case we get into a situation where he could or would have to play with that cast. You never know."

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