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Packers Notebook - Sherman, McKenzie To Meet Wednesday


Cornerback Mike McKenzie, who has been holding out and missed all of training camp as well as the first week of the regular season, will be returning to Green Bay for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.

The sixth-year defensive back has expressed displeasure with his current contract and did not participate in any of the team's offseason programs.

GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said Tuesday afternoon that McKenzie will be in Green Bay Wednesday, and that the two will meet at Lambeau Field, but he was not sure what the result of the meeting will be.

"All I know is that I'm meeting with Mike tomorrow at 8 o'clock," said Sherman when reached in his office Tuesday.

He went on to say that he could not give a determination of McKenzie's potential on-field availability since he has not seen him in many months.

Jackson Out Indefinitely

Starting nose tackle Grady Jackson, a key run-stuffer on the Packers' defensive line, left Monday night's win at Carolina with a knee injury in the first quarter after being rolled up on by a Carolina guard as he was engaged with center Jeff Mitchell.

Sherman gave an update on Jackson's condition Tuesday.

"He had a left knee patella dislocation," Sherman said. "The knee swelled up today, and we have still not determined the length of time that he will be unavailable."

The coach went on to say that no surgery had been discussed at this point.

Jackson helped to solidify the team's run defense over the final eight games of the 2003 season after coming to Green Bay on waivers midway through the year. Sherman is obviously concerned with the loss of a player of Jackson's caliber, but he feels that the depth along the defensive front will continue to step up and fill the void.

"We hope to get Kenny Peterson back," said Sherman. "I kept nine defensive linemen (on the 53-man roster), so our numbers are not down there. I thought James Lee played well, Cullen Jenkins played well.

"It's not like we're lacking in players and bodies to do the job - we just don't have another player of the magnitude of Grady Jackson."

Davenport Hamstrung

The Packers lost another key member of their team Monday when running back Najeh Davenport pulled up lame at the end of a second-quarter kickoff return.

Sherman said Davenport had suffered a right hamstring strain and that his status will be day-to-day.

The coach indicated that rookie Ahmad Carroll will possibly get a look alongside Robert Ferguson at the kickoff returner position while Davenport is sidelined.

Tony Fisher will continue in the role of Ahman Green's primary backup out of the backfield, as he did following Davenport going down Monday.

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