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Training Camp Report - August 6


With the off day behind them, the Packers returned to Clarke Hinkle Field Wednesday to resume training camp practices in front of approximately 650 fans.

Newly-signed tight end Wesley Walls took the field for the first time wearing the green and gold, hauling in a 12-yard pass from quarterback Brett Favre in team drills.

"I can't tell you how many times I've been in meeting rooms, watching the tight ends, thinking what it would be like to play with Favre," Walls said. "I'm going to go home and tell my wife I caught a pass from Brett today. She's going to be excited."

The Packers waived running back Reggie White in order to make a roster spot for Walls.

Returning to the lineup Wednesday were defensive tackle Steve Warren, wide receiver Robert Ferguson and tackle Reggie Coleman.

Warren, who had been experiencing pain in his back, was cleared to practice for the first time since training camp began after being moved off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

"It was real good to be out there," Warren said. "I've got to come back and get used to playing football -- wearing pads, coming out here fighting double-teams, running to the ball and stuff. I just have to work myself back into shape."

Ferguson returns from a tailbone injury suffered during practice, July 25.

In practice action, Ahman Green followed the lead block of fullback Tommy Collins, busting through the line for a nice gain in 9-on-7 drills.

Unable to see time in the lightning-shortened game Monday night, linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer made his presence known in practice, colliding with Najeh Davenport to stop the running back at the line of scrimmage.

In team drills, Karsten Bailey made a sliding catch along the left sideline for a 15-yard gain, and Herbert Goodman hauled in a pass one-handed from quarterback Craig Nall along the right sideline.

Favre connected with Kamau Peterson along the right sideline for a 40-yard touchdown in 7-on-7 drills and Tony Fisher scored on a pass from quarterback Akili Smith in the right corner of the end zone.

The hit of the day came when safety Darren Sharper stepped up to meet fullback William Henderson as he caught a pass in the middle of the field.

Antonio Chatman, who returned two kicks for 50 yards Monday night, continued to impress at both receiver and on special teams, hauling in a missile launched by Favre along the right sideline for a near-score.

The afternoon practice was reserved for special teams only

In injury news, cornerback Chris Johnson sat out the morning practice with a tooth problem, but returned in the afternoon. Al Harris was added to the injury list with a stiff neck, the result of a tackle made on quarterback Trent Green in the first quarter of the game Monday night.

Also missing practice was wide receiver Javon Walker. Walker injured his ankle during the game Monday, but continued to play. GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman hopes he'll be ready to play Saturday vs. Atlanta.

Donald Driver continues to sit out with a sore hamstring but is making progress, according to Sherman.

"With hamstring strains on players like Donald, you just want to be sure before you put him on the field," Sherman said. "He's going to go hard all the time so you can't put him on the field and tell him to go half-speed and protect the hamstring. We have to make sure it's 100 percent when we put him out there."

The next public practice will be Thursday when the Packers return to Clarke Hinkle Field for two workouts: 8:45-11:15 a.m. (pads) and 2:45-4:10 p.m. (shells).

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 75 degrees

Did Not Participate: Tyrone Davis (knee), Donald Driver (hamstring), Al Harris (neck), Jorg Heckenbach (kidneys), James Lee (hip), Nick Luchey (illness), David Martin (hamstring), Terdell Sands (ankle), Lamar Smith (knee), Adam Tate (knee), Rod Walker (shoulder).

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