(WFRV-TV) - The Green Bay Packers practiced in pads for the second consecutive day Wednesday, as they prepare to play the St. Louis Rams in their second preseason game on Saturday. First, let’s take a look at some injuries. RB James Starks missed practice with what Head Coach Mike McCarthy called a chest illness. He is day-to-day. Randall Cobb also missed practice after toughing it out through yesterday with his bicep injury. McCarthy said Cobb had some swelling yesterday and will be a stretch to play Saturday against St. Louis. Rookie wide receiver Charles Johnson is still battling through what he called an MCL injury. The 7th round draft pick with freakish size and speed has yet to be able to show off any of that ability, something he says is frustrating because he’s never missed a game in high school or college.
On the good injury news side of things, right guard T.J. Lang did even more than he was expected to today and looks to be past the back injury that limited him prior. Running backs DuJuan Harris and Eddie Lacy took another step forward with Starks out. Each was able to be worked into team drills in a limited fashion today. Harris looked explosive on his opportunities, while Lacy got the first reps during team drills in the red zone. McCarthy said tomorrow morning will be a good test to see if the RB’s feel good the day after, before determining if they could play on Saturday.
During team running drills Harris took the first rep, followed by Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, and veteran Alex Green. During that drill, an occasion play-action pass will be called to keep the defense honest. Today, Graham Harrell connected on a beautiful deep ball to WR Alex Gillett. Gillett, a former WR at Eastern Michigan, has really come on lately at training camp and has been impressive after a slow start. Also during this drill, CB Sam Shields came up with a nice interception off a tipped pass. The #1 offense worked against crown noise to prepare for the dome against the Rams.
During team 11-on-11, Vince Young used play-action and tossed a touchdown to Matthew Mulligan. Young has been up and down and is definitely playing from behind trying to learn the playbook. McCarthy says Young has been making progress and has been doing extra work. Rookie CB Micah Hyde made one of the best plays of camp near the end of 11-on-11 when he went up and tipped a pass away from WR Myles White on a fade route in the end zone, and ended up intercepting the pass while laying on his back. Hyde was beat on a fade route for a score vs. the Cardinals and the first-year player is showing he learned from that experience. Hyde continued to get reps ahead of Davon House, who struggled against Arizona.