Training Camp Report - July 23, 2003


Approximately 650 fans showed up at Clarke Hinkle Field to watch the Green Bay Packers continue training camp workouts Wednesday.

The early focus of the morning practice was on the running game, but it wasn't long before quarterback Brett Favre started slinging the ball around the field with his trademark velocity.

On several occasions Favre went in the direction of second-year wide receiver Javon Walker. Twice, Walker made great efforts to get his hands on passes nearly out of his reach, but wasn't able to pull them in. But Walker later displayed soft hands when he pulled in a 10-yard rocket from Favre near the right sideline.

Several defenders also showed the ability to get to the football. Rookie Chris Johnson used his speed to jump in front of fellow seventh-round draft pick Carl Ford and break up a Favre pass. And fifth-round pick Hunter Hillenmeyer jumped out from his linebacker position to knock down an Akili Smith pass intended for wide receiver Kamau Peterson.

A day after making their return to the practice field, offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were given the morning off, but returned in the afternoon when the team practiced in shells. Replacing them along the offensive line were Jerry Wisne and Kevin Barry, respectfully.

Wisne's participation was limited, however, due to a strained calf muscle he suffered midway through the morning practice. Upon leaving the field, he was replaced by sixth-round pick Brennan Curtin.

In one-on-one pass rushing drills, second-year defensive lineman Aaron Kampman had a strong showing, twice blasting past rookie Jamil Soriano.

But rookie guard/tackle David Porter closed out the drill with a win for the offensive line, thwarting Jamal Reynolds' attempts to reach the targeted tackling dummy.

In the afternoon practice, Karsten Bailey garnered cheers from the crowd with a diving catch on the left sideline in 7-on-7 drills.

Cornerback Bryant Westbrook grabbed the first of two interceptions for the defense after Bhawoh Jue tipped Doug Pederson's pass at the line of scrimmage. Reynolds was on the receiving end of the next play when Terdell Sands got his hands up to knock down a pass.

The Packers wrapped up the day with special teams action. Ryan Longwell kicked a series of field goals while the team worked on protection schemes and then moved on to kickoff drills.

In injury news, linebacker Na'il Diggs twisted his ankle during special teams drills and sat out part of the morning practice before returning to the field, while defensive tackle James Lee continues to be limited due to back pain.

The Packers return to the practice field Thursday. Practices scheduled for 8:45-11:15 a.m. and 2:45-4:40 p.m. Both will be in pads.

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy

Did Not Participate: Jorg Heckenbach (exhaustion/dehydration), Cletidus Hunt (acute gastritis), Joe Johnson (triceps), Jermaine Petty (hamstring), Rod Walker (shoulders), Steve Warren (back).

Remains Unsigned: Gilbert Brown.

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-- Jeff Harding contributed to this report.

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