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Training Camp Report - August 26


Over 450 fans lined the fences at Clarke Hinkle Field for the Packers' final day of training camp practices, Tuesday.

In order to reach the NFL-mandated limit of 65 players before the 3 p.m. (CDT) deadline, the Packers made 15 roster moves before practice, including the release of tight end Tyrone Davis, defensive linemen Steve Warren and Terdell Sands and safety Jacoby Shepherd.

GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said Warren's history of injury contributed to his release. Warren started training camp on the physically unable to perform list with back problems.

"Steve's a good kid, he's a good athlete," Sherman said, " but (injury) certainly plays a part. You could be a hell of a football player, but if the health factor plays into it, that can be a deterrent for your career.

'He did a nice job here, he worked hard and I wish him well."

Quarterback Akili Smith also was let go Tuesday.

"We knew we were fighting an uphill battle because he never went through any mini-camps with us," Sherman said. "I thought he worked really hard to try and learn the playbook. It's just, this is that time of year and somebody has to get cut. You make decisions, you hope they're the right ones.

"He tried real hard and gave it everything he had, it just didn't work out."

Sherman said he released Smith now, rather than after the Tennessee game, because he felt Doug Pederson and Craig Nall needed the reps.

"Doug hasn't received a whole lot of work in the preseason yet, because we were evaluating the other guys at different times," Sherman said. "He gotten some, but not as much as you'd like your second-team quarterback to get."

The Packers roster is now at 65, plus eight NFL Europe exemptions.

In team drills Tuesday, Carl Ford continued to impress coaches and fans alike, sliding to catch one of Brett Favre's bullets, good for 25 yards.

Following Ford's great catch, the defense stepped up to deny almost everything that came their way.

First it was cornerback Mike McKenzie scooting around Ford to break up a Pederson pass along the left sideline.

Marques Anderson then intercepted Pederson's pass intended for tight end David Martin after Cletidus Hunt broke through to tip the pass at the line of scrimmage.

Torrance Marshall stepped in front of Nall's intended receiver to pick off the pass along the left sideline.

During 7-on-7 drills, linebacker Na'il Diggs aggravated his injured shoulder attempting to knock down a Pederson touchdown pass to Bubba Franks in the right corner of the end zone.

Sherman said Diggs will sit out Thursday's game against Tennessee.

Erwin Swiney continued the solid play for the defense inside the red zone, first jumping up to knock down a Favre pass to tight end Tony Donald in the left corner of the end zone, and then stepping in front of Antonio Chatman to bat down a Nall pass at the goal line.

Following work in special teams, the Packers continued drills at the goal line, where Pederson hit running back Lamar Smith in the right side of the end zone for a 2-yard score.

On the opposite sideline, Donald Driver made a leaping catch, making sure to get both feet inbounds before falling out of the end zone.

Following goal-line drills, the Packers moved back to work inside the red zone, and the defense again stepped up.

Antuan Edwards picked off Nall's pass at the 2-yard line and Al Harris intercepted Pederson's attempted pass to Javon Walker.

In preparation for Thursday's final preseason game, the Packers will take practice inside Lambeau Field Wednesday for a brief walkthrough. Wednesday's practice is closed to the public.

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 85 degrees, sunny

Did Not Participate: Gilbert Brown (biceps), Najeh Davenport (hamstring), Jorg Heckenbach (kidneys), Bobby Jackson (knee), Chris Johnson (knee), Jermaine Petty (knee), Marco Rivera (knee), Darren Sharper (groin), Adam Tate (knee), Jeremy Unertl (groin).

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