Training Camp Report - July 26, 2003


Early morning thundershowers caused the Green Bay Packers to move practice inside the Don Hutson Center for the first time of training camp.

The team began their morning practice with position drills and 7-on-7 action.

Focusing on the run game in the first set of team drills, Ahman Green juked defenders in the backfield before cutting back to the inside for an 8-yard gain. But the defense flashed some playmaking skills of its own, with safety Antuan Edwards catching Najeh Davenport along the left sideline to bring down the 6-foot-1, 250-pound halfback for no gain.

Having lost running back Adam Tate to a knee injury yesterday, the Packers traded cornerback Keith Burnell's green defensive jersey for a white one, moving the former Delaware running back to the offensive side of the ball.

Burnell, who goes by the nickname 'Sweet Feet,' played both offense and defense in college. As a senior at Delaware, he gained 956 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Bryant Westbrook also saw time at an alternate position, moving from cornerback to safety for parts of practice.

"This just gives us added depth," GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said of Westbrook's position change. "He's a heavy hitter and brings some tenacity to that position as well. He's done a nice job at corner for us, but it's good to double-train our guys so we have flexibility when need be."

In special teams drills, Antonio Chatman, Carl Ford and DeAndrew Rubin returned punts, while the day's emphasis was on getting off the line of scrimmage in punt coverage.

The most unusual play of practice, and perhaps all of camp, occurred later as the Packers worked inside the red zone.

Quarterback Akili Smith attempted to deliver a pass just off the right tackle to newly-signed tight end Cory Geason, but the ball was deflected off line by both Torrance Marshall and Marcus Wilkins. Before the football could hit the ground however, fullback William Henderson hustled down the sideline and dove to catch the errant pass for a touchdown.

Later on, in team drills, third-year defensive end Jamal Reynolds disrupted the offense on two straight plays, first coming around the corner to 'sack' Craig Nall, then meeting running back Lamar Smith in the backfield.

After morning clouds gave way to sun, the Packers returned to the outdoors in shells for the afternoon practice, working on team drills and special teams, including field goal block, field goal protection and kickoff return drills.

Quarterback Brett Favre was granted the afternoon off.

In injury news, Cletidus Hunt continues to be sidelined, but did take part in some conditioning exercises with strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin. Still getting over gastritis and strep throat, Hunt could return Sunday for modified participation ... Chukie Nwokorie practiced a day after aggravating a knee injury ... Reggie White left the field during the morning practice with a knee injury ... Joey Knapp is limited with a hamstring injury ... Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila sat out the afternoon practice to rest an injured shoulder.

Weather and field conditions permitting, the Packers will be on Clark Hinkle Field when they return for two Sunday practices: 8:45-11:15 a.m. (pads) and 2:15-3:15 p.m. (special teams)

Where: Don Hutson Center (morning, closed to public), Clarke Hinkle Field (afternoon)

Weather: 80 degrees, morning thunder showers, followed by sun

Did Not Participate: Tony Fisher (Achilles), Robert Ferguson (tailbone), Bubba Franks (illness/knee), Jorg Heckenbach (exhaustion/dehydration), Cletidus Hunt (gastritis), Joe Johnson (quadriceps), James Lee (hip), David Martin (hamstring), Jermaine Petty (hamstring), Terdell Sands (ankle), Adam Tate (knee), Steve Warren (back), Jerry Wisne (calf).

Remains Unsigned: Gilbert Brown.

Placed on Injured Reserve: Devin Lewis (knee)

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-- Jason Bellamy contributed to this report.

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