A look the Packers' week ahead

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Coach Mike McCarthy likes symmetry to his schedule, and he got it with a pair of Saturday games to open the preseason.

Leading up to the second exhibition game of the summer at the St. Louis Rams this week, the Green Bay Packers' schedule will look similar to last week's.

About the only difference is Monday, when the Packers will hold a practice that is closed to the public (but open to reporters) at noon local time. Last Monday's practice was at 5:30 p.m. and was open to fans. Only two practices this week will be open, weather permitting.

Here's a look at this week's practice schedule (all times local):

  • Monday: Noon (closed to fans)

  • Tuesday: Noon (open to fans)

  • Wednesday: 11:45 a.m. (open to fans)

Just like last week, the players will be at the team facility on Thursday and Friday but will not practice Thursday and will hold a short walk-through session on Friday before they leave for St. Louis.

The following week will be different because the third preseason game is on a Friday night, Aug. 22 against the Oakland Raiders. The Packers then close the preseason with a Thursday night game, Aug. 28 against the Kansas City Chiefs.