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Training Camp Report - August 11, 2003


It was breezy Monday morning at Clarke Hinkle Field, but that didn't cool down the Packers' efforts in their first practice since defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 27-21, in preseason action Saturday.

More than 800 fans lined up to see the return of Donald Driver, who had been out since July 27 with a strained hamstring.

Although Driver said he's still not 100 percent, that didn't stop him from making the play of the day.

With the Packers working on their two-minute offense, Brett Favre gunned a ball down the right sideline that appeared to be well out of Driver's range.

After coming to an almost complete stop on a stutter move that froze safety Darren Sharper, Driver threw in an incredible burst of speed, scrambling 15 yards after the ball was in the air to make a diving catch for a 50-yard gain.

"I always feel like once Brett throws it in the air, somebody's got to make a play," Driver said. "I wasn't sure how I was going to catch it, but every time I run and jump, I'm trying to make the play."

After Driver's catch brought the offense to the 1-yard line, Favre hit Bubba Franks for a touchdown.

Doug Pederson and Akili Smith also got chances to run the offense in two-minute situations, but failed to score. Pederson's drive was thwarted by a bad shotgun snap that was recovered by the defense, while Smith was chased down from behind by rookie linebacker Nick Barnett, who popped the ball loose on third down.

Craig Nall started the morning practice but spent most of the day on the sideline after hyperextending his right knee when Ahman Green was accidentally knocked back into him on a play.

While Nall also sat out the afternoon practice as a precaution, tests showed no cartilage damage. Nall is expected to be able to participate in Friday night's game.

Among the other practice highlights of the morning, Sharper showed great speed to step in front of Javon Walker and deflect a Favre pass along the left sideline.

A few plays later however, Favre and Walker got their revenge when Walker slipped past Sharper to make a 20-yard grab with nothing but open real estate ahead of him.

Although it was only 'thud' contact, safety Marques Anderson put enough of a lick on tight end Wesley Walls that he dropped a Favre pass.

Earlier in practice, Favre connected with Walls for a 15-yard gain.

In the afternoon practice, Favre looked to another tight end, this time it was Franks hauling in the pass just inside the right sideline and out of reach of both defenders -- Anderson and Jeremy Unertl -- for 10 yards.

Favre again went to Franks on a route up the middle, splitting two defenders with the perfectly placed pass.

On defense, Aaron Kampman nearly came up with a diving interception after defensive end Chukie Nwokorie got through the line to bat a Smith pass into the air.

The Packers closed out the day with work in special teams, focusing on kickoff coverage.

In injury news, Tony Fisher (hamstring), Joe Johnson (ribs), Jermaine Petty (knee) and Marcus Wilkins (ankle/foot) were unable to practice due to injury ... Chukie Nwokorie, who left Saturday's game with a twisted knee, took part in practice ... Hunter Hillenmeyer twisted his left ankle at the start of the morning practice, but returned ... Cletidus Hunt took a blow to the head in the morning practice and sat out the rest of the way ... David Martin (hamstring) and Terdell Sands (ankle) returned to the practice field from time out due to injury ... Per usual, offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher sat out the afternoon practice.

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy, windy

Did Not Participate: Reggie Coleman (hip), Tyrone Davis (knee), Tony Fisher (hamstring), Jorg Heckenbach (kidney), Joe Johnson (ribs), James Lee (hip), Lamar Smith (knee), Marcus Spriggs (knee), Adam Tate (knee), Marcus Wilkins (ankle/foot), Rod Walker (shoulders).

Out: Gilbert Brown (biceps), Bryant Westbrook (Achilles).

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-- Jeff Harding contributed to this report

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