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Mini-Camp Report - June 7


Almost 200 fans lined the fences today at Clarke Hinkle Field as the Green Bay Packers resumed their mini-camp workouts.

Defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt returned to the team today for the first time since May after missing the first three days of the voluntary June practices.

Hunt expressed apologies to his coaches, teammates and fans for letting them down with his absence.

During the first team session, Aaron Kampman slipped into the backfield to touch down Najeh Davenport for a loss. A few plays later, Nick Barnett sprinted through a gap to get to Dahrran Diedrick in the backfield.

Kampman also made his presence felt during red zone drills, when he pushed his way into the pocket and knocked the ball out of quarterback Doug Pederson's hand.

Later on in the red zone session, Al Harris knocked down a Brett Favre pass as he blitzed the quarterback, and Bhawoh Jue broke up a Craig Nall pass near the goal line.

Before the session was over, Favre hooked up with a diving Donald Driver in the front corner of the end zone, but GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said that the defense won the day.

"I thought the offense struggled in the red zone; I told them that after practice," Sherman said. "(Red zone) is an area that we've been very good at, both sides of the ball ... And I thought we weren't as good as we need to be on offense today. I thought the defense played better. We made too many mistakes on offense. Kind of beat ourselves a couple times."

The Packers later moved to special teams drills, working on field goal, kickoff return and punt return drills with Ahmad Carroll, Antonio Chatman, Robert Ferguson and Chris Johnson fielding kicks.

In more team drills, Chatman slid past Carroll to make a diving catch on a pass from Favre for a 35-yard gain, while Nall found Frank Rice along the left sideline for a gain of 20 yards.

Nall later connected with a diving Rice along the left sideline during 7-on-7 drills, and Doug Pederson found Carl Ford, who got behind cornerback Chris Watson and safety Marques Anderson, for a 40-yard touchdown.

On defense, James Whitley stepped in front of Favre's pass intended for Javon Walker for an interception.

In injury news, Carl Ford started practice, but left early with what appeared to be a minor hamstring injury. Ford said that he expects to return to the field tomorrow after undergoing treatment Monday afternoon.

The Packers will return to the practice field Tuesday at 11 a.m. Weather and field conditions permitting, practice will be held outside at Clarke Hinkle Field (open to the public), but otherwise will be held inside the Don Hutson Center (closed to the public).

Today At A Glance...

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 86 degrees, sunny

Did Not Participate: Kevin Barry (hamstring), Sam Breeden (hamstring), Mike Flanagan (knee), Grady Jackson (knee), Devin Lewis (knee), Torrance Marshall (knee), David Martin (knee)

Did Not Attend: Joe Johnson, Mike McKenzie

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