(WFRV-TV) - Thursday was the Packers last practice before heading to St. Louis to battle the Rams in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. In injury news, starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith missed practice with a toe injury and his status is unknown for the game. RB DuJuan Harris didn’t do much at practice and will miss the game, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he should see a full workload and barring a setback should be ready for Seattle. RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring) practiced and McCarthy said he could see game action Saturday. RB James Starks also returned after missing one day with an illness.
Green Bay took the field in helmets and shorts, ditching the pads in their final tune-up Thursday, which was also a shorter practice than usual. The Packers had two “move the ball” periods which featured 11-on-11 work for the offense and defense. WR Jarrett Boykin continues to stand out for his dependability and ability to go up and snag tough catches. Speaking of which WR Jeremy Ross caught a 50 yard bomb from backup QB Vince Young which ended up being a jump ball that Ross caught over Brandon Smith in the end zone. Eddie Lacy also continues to show an innate ability to find the hole and get through it quickly. It will be interesting to see Harris and Lacy battle it out for reps if both can stay healthy.
Backup QB Graham Harrell was decisive and overall very sharp as he tossed goal line TD’s to TE Jake Stoneburner, FB John Kuhn and WR Myles White. On the negative side of things, ILB Terrell Manning was beat several times for scores and will need to improve defending the pass. To his credit, Manning did break up a pass to Lacy in the end zone later on.
During the second 11-on-11 session, CB Micah Hyde came up with another interception off a B.J. Coleman pass and continues to impress coaches. McCarthy jokes his ball skills were so good on tape in college, he was tempted to use him on offense. Safety Chris Banjo, who made a couple of big hits in the preseason opener, also came up with a pick off of Young as he continues to pick up momentum in the Green Bay secondary.
In brief special teams periods, Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio both connected on all of their field goal attempts. Rookie RB Johnathan Franklin continues to get a look at punt returner, but dropped another today. Franklin has never served in the role as a return man, and may be running out of chances to prove he can protect the football in that spot.