There was finally a bit of good news for the Packers secondary Thursday, as starting free safety Darren Sharper returned to the practice field just one day after being sidelined with back pain.
Wednesday, Sharper was said to have "jammed" his neck while making a tackle during the morning practice, resulting in discomfort in his lower back. Although he was only expected to miss a day or two, Sharper felt the need to get back on the field as soon as possible.
"Your peers want to see you on the field, especially the safety," Sharper said. "You're making the calls and keeping everyone on the same page. To have that guy not be there, you lose some continuity that you might have with him out there. So as a leader and also as a guy that's trying to keep everyone together, you need that guy out there."
Sharper's injury, however minor, was just another to hit Packers safeties. This training camp, Sharper, Marques Anderson (hamstring), Antuan Edwards (knee) and Scott Frost (shoulder) have all missed practice time due to injury. While Sharper and Anderson have returned, Edwards is still sidelined and Frost is out for the season.
On the other side of the ball, running back Ahman Green was also back in practice Thursday. Green had been held out since leaving last Saturday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a tweaked groin.
Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said Green looked strong in practice and has made no suggestions that Green would be unable to play against the Cleveland Browns Monday night.
An appearance by wide receiver Terry Glenn, on the other hand, might be doubtful. Although Glenn participated in the skills portion of last Monday's evening workout at Lambeau Field, he has not been on the practice field since, as he continues to rehab his injured left knee.
Midway through the afternoon practice Thursday, Glenn emerged from a rehab workout inside the Don Hutson Center to watch the remainder of practice at Clarke Hinkle Field. Wearing a large knee brace, Glenn still seemed to be walking tentatively on his left leg.