The Green Bay Packers held a brief walkthrough practice Thursday morning inside Lambeau Field in preparation for Friday's game in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
The Packers will be on the road for their final exhibition game of the season, before opening the regular season September 13 at Carolina. In the three preseason games they have played so far, the Green and Gold has won one and lost two.
There is precious little time left for the players still trying to crack the Opening Day roster. With the roster currently at 74 players, the Packers have plenty of decisions to make in order to cut down to 53 by 3:00 p.m. Sunday. While it may be just a preseason game to some, the exhibition finale holds plenty of significance for others such as linebacker Tyreo Harrison and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.
"I think by now you just have to go out there and play hard," Harrison said. "You have to put everything out there like it's the last game of your career. You have to do everything you possibly can to better your chances of making your team."
Jenkins knows what Harrison is going through and acknowledged that it's hard to stay focused with so much at stake.
"You try not to look around and count numbers," Jenkins explained. "But you always know there's that possibility that you might not make it, so you just try to do everything you can to make sure you make it. You try to stay relax and stay calm."
Even if Harrison doesn't make the squad, he is happy the Packers picked him up this summer.
"No matter what happens, the Packers were really good to me," Harrison explained. "They gave me a great opportunity. They gave me a chance to come in here and learn. There will be no fingers to point or no one to blame if it doesn't work out. I just came in here with a great opportunity and did the best I could."
The Packers-Titans game will be televised to fans throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CDT).
Fans can listen to the game over the internet by signing up for the NFL Field Pass.