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Taking it inside

by Mark Daniels

A morning rain shower sent the Packers inside the Don Hutson Center today, one of the few indoor practices of the summer.  The team worked in just shells, their one and only padded practice will come Tuesday, when the last of the first round of roster cuts will have to be completed.   Only one reduction was made today and unfortunately for Giorgio Tavecchio, it was arrivedercci.  The congenial Cal Bear was let go,one day after Zach Ramirez was brought in to make it a three way race with incumbent Mason Crosby.  After practice, Mike McCarthy said even though Tavecchio is no longer with the team, there's still a chance he could come back if both Crosby and Ramirez flounder this final week of camp. Unlikely, but possible.

The pulled hamstrings of Casey Hayward, Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones suffered against Seattle are bad enough that now all three won't play against the Chiefs Thursday night in Kansas City.  Jones was added to the scratch list today.   More concerning medical news about DuJuan Harris.  After he made his Pre-Season debut against the Seahawks, it lasted just three carries before he reinjured his knee and McCarthy said today he is seeking a second opinion about the severity.  The last time that happened, Bryan Bulaga had season ending surgery scheduled.  Sore toes kept Kevin Dorsey and Dezmon Moses on the sidelines today.

Better medical news for Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Tramon WIlliams.   Nelson really get his post operative knee a workout today, running several full speed routes with cuts.  He looks ready for opening day and might even get a couple of snaps in Kansas City.  Cobb may also get some duty Thursday night.  Tramon is back for the first time in weeks since suffering a bone bruise on his knee.   He said afterwards it felt fine but a bigger test awaits when he practices in pads on Tuesday.

With Aaron Rodgers unlikely to play much, if at all, Vince Young and B.J. Coleman got to split reps running the offense and Rodgers was relegated to scout team quarterbacking.  Talk about a blast from the past.  Rodgers laughed about it after practice, reliving his first three years as a pro.  He even took the liberty of breaking the script, audibilizing a pass from a run and checking to a route he wanted to work on with Cobb.   It worked alright, for a touchdown.  Rodgers held his weekly session with reporters gathered around his locker and said even with limited snaps (41) and series (6) in three pre-season games, he's ready to play for keeps.  He also went on at length about how the rest of the team is rounding into shape with one last dress rehearsal to play.

Audio:Aaron Rodgers following Monday's practice.