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Packers could call Highland Park home

2/1/2011

IRVING, Texas -- After the collapse of the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility in May 2009, the team elected not to construct a new one. That means the Green Bay Packers will have to use the facility at Highland Park High School if inclement weather forces them indoors for Super Bowl practice.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said a decision on whether to move their practice will be made Tuesday. The outdoor practices would be at SMU.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk already has a scouting report on the Highland Park facility. One of his Ohio State teammates, Anthony Schlegel, graduated from the school.

“I’m from Ohio and high school football is pretty big, at least we think it is,” Hawk said. “[Schlegel] has told me about [the indoor facility]. Texas football is amazing. Everything in Texas is great.”

Hawk is also getting some help from another former Buckeye, Bobby Carpenter, who played for the Cowboys from 2006-09.

“I asked Bobby about playing in the new stadium and how it was and he said it’s just amazing and told me to have a good time down here,” Hawk said. “He hasn’t sold his house yet and a couple of my buddies are staying at his vacant house this week to get some use out of it.”