The Packers Family Night was changed from a scrimmage to a practice-format, nonetheless, a new attendance record was set. 67,336 fans showed up to cheer for the green and gold. Early on, Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb and the offense followed him to the end zone to practice their Lambeau Leaps.
“I like tonight man, thought the environment was incredible, the fans were phenomenal, record crowd. Just the juice, the players really felt the juice. The energy was tremendous…We got better tonight, I feel like we improved as a football team tonight… they (fans) played a big part in making us better with the environment they created for us, was as good as its been. I was a little curious to see what the flow would be like cause its totally different, but the energy from where I was standing was unbelievable,” Mike McCarthy said.
Packers rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis confirmed an acl injury early in the day via twitter. The Wisconsin-native was on the sideline on Saturday night wearing a brace – he’s out for the season.
“Very unfortunate, the series of tests that were done like a lot of times with these type of injuries the player feels great and doesn't really believe that that's the case and that's exactly what happened here so he's a young man that's got a phenomenal attitude and he'll take this as another challenge,” McCarthy commented.
There were a few injuries on the night: B.J. Raji injured his ankle, but said in the locker room afterwards that he was fine. Rookie TE Colt Lyerla hurdled a DB and was carted off the field with a leg injury. He wouldn’t say how serious his injury was, but he had crutches in his locker. McCarthy wasn’t happy with his judgment on the play.
“There’s a time for the opportunity to hurdle a defender and that was probably not the right time.”
The team has Sunday off and will return to practice Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Packers only night practice of camp.