The Green Bay Packers' June session of organized team activities continued into its second day Thursday as the team returned to Ray Nitschke Field before a crowd of over 200 fans.
Brett Favre, in town for the Sixth Annual Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game, made an appearance towards the end of practice, reuniting with teammates and coaches for the first time since the end of last season.
"It's always good to see Brett," said offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. "He picks the place up a little bit and it gives us a bit of juice whenever you turn around and see him there."
Favre, at head coach Mike Sherman's request, had been working out with a trainer in Mississippi instead of attending the Packers' April and June workout sessions.
"That's what I wanted to check (when I lifted his shirt)," Rossley said, when asked if Favre looked 'lean and mean.' "He may have a little bit further to go before I start calling him 'lean and mean.'"
After a series of position drills to open practice, the Packers moved to team workouts, installing a portion of the defensive scheme.
During the drill, safety Earl Little broke up Craig Nall's pass intended for Andrae Thurman in the middle of the field, while defensive tackle Colin Cole found his way into the backfield to drop running back Chaz Williams for a loss.
After a few special teams drills, in which Nall and quarterback Aaron Rodgers split time holding for Ryan Longwell's kicks, the Packers continued with more team drills.
Cornerback Patrick Dendy made his presence felt as he slapped away a pass from J.T. O'Sullivan intended for Ahman Green, while Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Kenny Peterson converged on Rodgers for the sack.
The offense wasn't without their share of big plays as tight end Sean McHugh went up high to pull down Rodgers' pass in the middle of the field during 7-on-7 drills.
Nall later dropped a pass over the defender into the arms of wide receiver Robert Ferguson for a 25-yard completion, while Vince Butler hauled in the play of the day, catching a pass from Rodgers after falling to his knees along the right sideline.
The Packers will continue the voluntary organized team activities Friday (veterans and rookies) at 11 a.m. Weather and field conditions permitting, practice will be held outside at Ray Nitschke Field (open to the public), but otherwise will be held inside the Don Hutson Center (closed to the public).
For more player/coach insight on Thursday's workout, check out the Packers.com Audio section.
Today At A Glance ...
Where: Ray Nitschke Field (outdoors)
Weather: sunny, 80 degrees
Did Not Practice: Craig Bragg, Garrett Cross, Mike Hawkins, Jason Horton, Chris Johnson, James Lee, A.J. Lindsay, Corey Williams
Did Not Attend: Brett Favre, Bubba Franks, Grady Jackson, Cletidus Hunt, Javon Walker
Here's a look at the remaining June practice schedule:
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5
Monday, June 6
Tuesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 8
Thursday, June 9