Status of Abbrederis, Linsley up in the air


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After a relatively healthy start to training camp, the Green Bay Packers practiced Friday without two key members of their most recent draft class.

Neither of the Packers' fifth-round picks -- receiver Jared Abbrederis and center Corey Linsley -- was able to take part in practice. Both appeared to have completed Thursday's practice without issues, but coach Mike McCarthy said shortly after Friday's session that Abbrederis sustained a knee injury and Linsley had a shoulder injury.

He said he was not aware of the full extent of either injury.

Both players were off to solid starts.

Abbrederis, a fan favorite and former Wisconsin Badgers standout, had a long reception during Thursday's practice and showed no signs of any problems. He attended Friday's practice with a sleeve on his right knee, however, pictures from earlier practices indicate that he had previously worn that piece of equipment.

"I haven't had time to sit down with the medical staff," McCarthy said. "Right now, he has a knee. He completed practice yesterday."

McCarthy was terse in his answers to questions about Abbrederis. Was it because of the repeated inquiries or that he's upset because he knows it's serious?

It was interesting that in a later question about the young receiver group, McCarthy talked about second-round receiver Davante Adams' strong showing on Friday and that he hopes to have seventh-round pick Jeff Janis off the non-football illness list soon but did not say anything about Abbrederis other than that he did not practice.

Linsley, who has worked as the No. 2 center behind JC Tretter since camp opened, had performed especially well in the one-on-one pass-blocking drill. He won six of his seven turns, with the only loss coming Thursday to Mike Daniels, who has a 6-2 record of his own in that drill.

"I think Corey's done very well," McCarthy said. "I think he's done some really good things. I think he's stood out in particular in the one-on-one drills. And hopefully this is not something long. Like I said, we'll find out here shortly."

In other injury news, safety Morgan Burnett returned to practice after he sustained an ankle injury in Wednesday's workout. He missed all of Thursday's practice but did not appear to be limited upon his return.

The Packers will hold their annual Family Night event on Saturday. The format for the sold-out event at Lambeau Field this year is a regular practice rather than a scrimmage as it had been in the past.