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Training Camp Report - July 27, 2003


Nearly 800 people lined the fences at Clarke Hinkle Field as the Packers continued training camp workouts, Sunday.

Safety Darren Sharper gave the team a brief scare in 9-on-7 drills, suffering a stinger in the left shoulder after making a tackle on running back Lamar Smith.

Smith, who was hit below the knees by the diving Sharper, also appeared to be injured but was able to walk it off and return to action, later putting a move on linebacker Torrance Marshall to get up the left sideline.

Sharper took the rest of the morning off to ice the shoulder, and according to GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman, "does not have problems with reoccurring stingers and should be okay."

In team drills, Joey Knapp was able to take advantage of a depleted tight end roster, grabbing two bullets from quarterback Brett Favre for gains of 20 and 15 yards, respectively.

Mike McKenzie continued to show off his play making abilities, intercepting a Favre pass on the right sideline to bring cheers from the railbirds.

On defense, linebacker Nick Barnett broke up a pass from Akili Smith in 7-on-7 drills, diving in front of the intended receiver to make the play. Meanwhile, the offensive and defensive lines participated in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills.

In special teams action, special teams coordinator John Bonamego led the team in field goal blocking and punt protection drills.

Returning to action after sitting out yesterday's second practice with a sore shoulder, defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila stuffed running back Ahman Green at the line of scrimmage following a flip-pass from Favre in a later team period.

The afternoon practice was reserved for special teams only.

Wide receiver Jorg Heckenbach, the NFL Europe receiver who signed with the Packers July 7, made his first appearance at camp since being hospitalized with exhaustion and dehydration.

Heckenbach will meet with doctors every morning for bloodwork and testing and is unsure when he'll be able to get back on the field saying, "This is not why I came overseas. I came over here to play, not to watch guys play football. I'm ready to get back on the field as soon as the doctors let me."

In injury news, Cletidus Hunt continues to be sidelined. Still getting over gastritis and strep throat, Hunt's return is now slated for Tuesday ... Donald Driver missed his first practice of training camp Sunday with a sore hamstring ... Na'il Diggs sat out the special teams practice with a sore hip.

The Packers will hold a closed practice Monday night inside Lambeau Field. Weather and field conditions permitting, the Packers will return to Clark Hinkle Field, Tuesday afternoon: 2:45-4:30 p.m. (shells).

Where: Clarke Hinkle Field

Weather: 80 degrees, sunny

Did Not Participate: Keith Burnell (hip), Donald Driver (hamstring), 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), DeAndrew Rubin (back), Terdell Sands (ankle), Adam Tate (knee), Steve Warren (back), Reggie White (knee), Jerry Wisne (calf).

Remains Unsigned: Gilbert Brown.

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-- Jason Bellamy contributed to this report.

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