Green Bay Packers: Jumal Rolle

Tracking Packers' practice-squad moves

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The practice squad has always been an avenue to the Green Bay Packers' roster, but this season it hasn't happened much.

Only four players -- receiver Kevin Dorsey, offensive lineman Garth Gerhart, tight end Justin Perillo and defensive end Luther Robinson -- have taken that route to the 53 this year.

By the end of last season, the Packers had promoted seven players from their practice squad.

This year, four players have been on the practice squad all season: safety Chris Banjo, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich and receiver Myles White.

Last year, only one player -- tackle Aaron Adams -- spent all 17 weeks on the practice squad.

With practice squads expanded from eight to 10 players this season, it's no surprise that the Packers already have had more players (19) on their practice squad than they did all of last year (17).

With the Packers taking an extra day off this week because of the Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field, it's a good time to revisit what general manager Ted Thompson has done with his practice squad this season.

Here's a player-by-player look at how much time each has spent on the practice squad this season:
  • G Josh Allen: Weeks 1-3
  • S Chris Banjo: Week 1-present
  • WR Kevin Dorsey: Weeks 1-5 (promoted to active roster in Week 6, placed on injured reserve in Week 10)
  • WR Alex Gillett: Week 11-present
  • CB Tay Glover-Wright: Week 6-present
  • RB Michael Hill: Weeks 1-8
  • LB Adrian Hubbard: Week 1-present
  • G Rishaw Johnson: Week 12
  • DE Joe Kruger: Weeks 6-8
  • G Jordan McCray: Week 6, Week 10
  • TE Justin Perillo: Weeks 1-10 (promoted to active roster in Week 11)
  • RB Rajion Neal: Week 10-present
  • T Justin Renfrow: Week 13-present
  • DE Luther Robinson: Weeks 1-4 (promoted to active roster in Week 5)
  • S Jumal Rolle: Weeks 1-4 (signed by the Houston Texans in Week 5)
  • LB Joe Thomas: Week 10-present
  • T Jeremy Vujnovich: Week 1-present
  • G Josh Walker: Week 4-present
  • WR Myles White: Week 1-present
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kevin Dorsey showed significant progress as a receiver in training camp this summer, but he may have been promoted to the Green Bay Packers roster on Monday for another reason: his special-teams play.

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As the preseason progressed, Dorsey saw increased practice and game reps on coordinator Shawn Slocum's top special-teams units. By the end of camp, Dorsey had received significant work on the No. 1 punt return, kickoff return and kickoff coverage teams. He also was the No. 2 kickoff returner. He returned five kickoffs in preseason games and averaged 22.4 yards, including a long return of 27 yards.

Dorsey, a seventh-round draft pick in 2013, spent the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad after spending all of his rookie season on injured reserve.

He took the roster spot of tight end Ryan Taylor, who was released on Monday.

It also could be an indication that receiver Jarrett Boykin's groin injury is slow to heal. Boykin, the team’s No. 3 receiver, has missed the past two games and is one of the team's few injury concerns heading into Sunday's game at the Miami Dolphins.

The Packers replaced Dorsey on the practice squad with cornerback Tay Glover-Wright from Utah State. He spent part of training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, who signed him as a rookie free agent in May.

The Packers are still two short on their practice squad after losing cornerback Jumal Rolle to the Houston Texans and promoting defensive tackle Luther Robinson last week.

The Packers also had the following players in for tryouts on Monday: receiver Jeremy Gallon (Michigan), defensive tackle AJ Pataiali'i (Utah State), tight end Jacob Pedersen (Wisconsin), receiver Eric Thomas (Troy) running back Dominique Williams (Wagner) and linebacker Chris Young (Arizona State). Pederson is from nearby Menominee, Michigan. Gallon was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots this year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – It might not have the same importance as the move the Minnesota Vikings made at quarterback on Thursday, but the Green Bay Packers added defensive tackle Luther Robinson to the active roster only hours before the teams meet at Lambeau Field.

That returned the Packers' roster to full strength, having been at 52 since linebacker Andy Mulumba went to injured reserve on Sept. 19 after his season-ending knee injury.

The addition of Robinson likely means the Packers will be without defensive end Josh Boyd, who was listed as doubtful on Wednesday's injury report because of the knee injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears.

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Robinson, who will wear No. 97, came up the hard way. Not only did he go undrafted out the University of Miami, he also was not signed during the initial wave of rookie free agency. He came to the Packers' rookie camp on a tryout basis and was signed the following week.

Robinson's promotion left the Packers with two open spots on the practice squad. On Wednesday, they lost cornerback Jumal Rolle after he signed with the Houston Texans.

Starter Pack: Quarterback switcheroo

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers coach Mike McCarthy began the week preparing for the Vikings to start rookie Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in Thursday night's game at Lambeau Field.

But as the week progressed, Bridgewater's status became less certain because of the sprained left ankle he sustained in Sunday’s win over the Falcons.

The Vikings listed Bridgewater as questionable on Wednesday's injury report.

If he can't play, the Vikings will go with Christian Ponder, who coincidentally was in Bridgewater's shoes before the NFC wild-card game against the Packers in 2013. Ponder was nursing an elbow injury all week, but most expected him to play. It wasn't until less than two hours before kickoff that he was declared out, and the Vikings started Joe Webb in a game the Packers won 24-10.

So yes, the Packers say they are prepared for either quarterback.

"Definitely, it's part of the preparation," McCarthy said. "It's not the first time it's happened to us, not the first time it's happened to us versus the Minnesota Vikings, so we'll continue our preparation and be ready to go regardless of who plays quarterback."

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Jumal Rolle turns out to be a great NFL cornerback, the Green Bay Packers will be kicking themselves for cutting him at the end of training camp.

Rolle was one of the last players released, likely because they felt obligated to keep sixth-round pick Demetri Goodson despite the fact that Rolle outplayed him in the preseason. Goodson has been inactive for all four games this season.

The Packers brought Rolle back on the practice squad but lost him on Wednesday, when he signed with the Houston Texans. The Packers, who still have an open roster spot, apparently couldn't convince him to stay.

Rolle's agent, Chris Turnage, would not discuss any negotiations with the Packers, who are deep at cornerback, but said: "Ultimately, we felt Houston provided a great opportunity to play quickly."

The Packers did not immediately replace Rolle on the practice squad.

Rolle, 24, first joined the Packers last October on the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster for the regular-season finale. Late last season, Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said Rolle had the chance to be the next Sam Shields, an undrafted player who turned into a starting-caliber player.

"He has a skill set that I like, and he should be a guy that should be able to get the ball," Whitt said of Rolle during training camp.

Starter Pack: Season prediction time

September, 2, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Thirty-two NFL reporters can't be wrong, can they?

If they're not, the Packers will be a playoff team.

In our NFL Nation season predictions, all 32 team reporters picked the Packers to go to the postseason. All but five of them – you can find out who by reading the AFC writers predictions and the NFC writers predictions – picked the Packers to win the NFC North. The other five pegged them for a wild-card berth.

But a Super Bowl champ? Well, not many were ready to go that far.

Here's a breakdown how many of the 32 NFL Nation reporters picked the Packers to:

Win the NFC North: 27

Make the playoffs as a wild-card team: 5

Win the Super Bowl: 2

Lose the Super Bowl: 3

In the individual awards, quarterback Aaron Rodgers received five votes for MVP, while Mike McCarthy got one vote for coach of the year.

You can also see predictions from other ESPN NFL coverage team members and other ESPN personalities.

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  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde caught up with injured rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis, who is three weeks removed from surgery to repair his torn ACL.
  • At PackerReport.com, Bill Huber wrote that offensive line coach James Campen believes right tackle Bryan Bulaga is even better than he was before his last two-injured filled seasons.
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty's column addressed how the emphasis on certain rules this season might impact the way the Seahawks play defensively.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein wrote that the Packers think they have a core group of players that will lead to a major improvement on special teams.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As expected, the Green Bay Packers added cornerback Jumal Rolle to the practice squad on Monday.

Believed to be one of the last players cut in Saturday's roster reductions, Rolle was not on the original 10-man practice squad announced on Sunday.

But by the time practice convened Monday inside the Don Hutson Center, Rolle had been signed and receiver Alex Gillett was released. Gillett spent the last eight weeks of the 2013 season on the Packers' practice squad.

For the second straight day, the same three players missed practice. They were:
None is expected to be available for Thursday's season opener at the Seattle Seahawks, although the fact that Goodson attended practice on Monday after not being present on Sunday means he has progressed through part of the concussion protocol.

The Packers practiced in pads for the second straight day, which typically is not allowed under the CBA. But Sunday's practice was not considered an official in-season workout, which was why the Packers did not have supply an injury report. The first injury report will be released later on Monday.

Starter Pack: Revisiting 'Fail Mary'

September, 1, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Later this week on ESPN.com, we will unveil our latest "Moment in Time" project. It will revisit the final play from the Packers-Seahawks' 2012 game and will feature first-hand accounts from all of the key parties involved -- including one of the game officials -- in what became known as the "Fail Mary" game.

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But don't think the Packers are spending much time this week dwelling on the last meeting between the two teams in anticipation of Thursday's regular-season opener in Seattle.

"I can promise you that the only time that topic will be brought up is when I'm in here," McCarthy said Sunday in the media auditorium. "We're past it."

Past it, perhaps.

But over it? Probably never.

For the "Moment in Time" piece, McCarthy talked at length about that night in Seattle and the aftermath of the shocking loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Here's a teaser: He called it "a very low moment for the professionalism of our game."

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nearly a month into training camp, it is apparent that at least two healthy members of the Green Bay Packers' recent draft class won't be able to help them much -- if at all -- this season.

So what does general manager Ted Thompson do with linebacker Carl Bradford and cornerback Demetri Goodson?

He might be willing to hang onto the fourth- and sixth-round picks, respectively, anyway.

When asked this week whether he's more inclined to give a draft pick a little longer to develop than he would a player off the street, Thompson admitted: "Maybe a smidgen."

Thompson has cut ties with only one fourth-pick pick as a rookie, receiver Cory Rodgers in 2006, and he has kept 11 of his 14 sixth-round picks as rookies.

However, a realistic look at the depth chart at both positions would indicate that Bradford might be no better than the eighth outside linebacker on the roster. The Packers likely won't keep more than 10 linebackers combined counting both inside and outside backers. It goes without saying that Bradford ranks behind Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and Nick Perry. Based on playing time, Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer also rank ahead of him. And based on production, undrafted rookies Jayrone Elliott and Adrian Hubbard might be as well.

"I believe in the kid," Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss said Tuesday. "He works hard. He's a great guy. He has a skill set that can help us out. It's only a matter of time before he shows up, and what you're going to anticipate seeing is a guy that can play the run very, very well and a guy that can be an effort-determined rusher to get to the passer. I think that's going to show up before it's all over."

From the moment the Packers drafted Bradford at No. 121 overall out of Arizona State, it seemed he might be better suited to play inside linebacker. At 6-foot-1 and 252 pounds, he is the shortest outside linebacker on the roster and the second lightest among those he's competing against for a spot.

To date, however, Bradford has not taken a single snap at inside linebacker.

Still, that could end up being his eventual position. Moss would not rule it out.

"I can't judge what position he's going to be playing, I'll leave it at that," Moss said. "He's working hard. I think we've done well in the past being able to convert outside backers to the inside, but we'll see what happens."

And then there's Goodson, who played three years of college basketball at Gonzaga before he transferred to Baylor to play football. The Packers picked him at No. 197 overall knowing full well that he will need time to develop, but he might be further away than they thought.

"He has a ways to go," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. "He's still a young player. We're in the work phase with him, teaching him the defense, teaching him just the base parts of it."

There are at least five cornerbacks -- Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Davon House and Jarrett Bush -- ahead of Goodson. It's possible a sixth, Jumal Rolle, might be, too.

"But the great thing is we don't need him to play right now," Whitt said. "He has time to grow."

Still, Thompson will have to decide whether he can afford to let players develop while taking up a spot on the 53-man roster. Other than sixth-round pick Jared Abbrederis, the receiver who will be placed on injured reserve because of his knee injury, the Packers likely will keep the rest of their draft picks on the roster.

It might be a risk to cut Bradford or Goodson with the hope of getting them back on the practice squad. The other 31 teams would have a chance to put in a waiver claim before the Packers could do so.

"Most of the people outside this building are going to care if we win or lose," Thompson said. "So we better keep the best ones."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With the preseason opener looming on Saturday at Tennessee, the Green Bay Packers released their first depth chart of the season.

It was labeled "unofficial."

And there were few, if any, surprises.

At almost every position where there is even a hint of competition, the more experienced player was listed first.

Keep in mind that a year ago, the first depth chart of the season listed Eddie Lacy as the No. 4 running back behind DuJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks. Harris never played a down because of a knee injury, Green got cut at the end of camp and Lacy became the NFL's offensive rookie of the year. The same chart listed Marshall Newhouse as the starting right tackle and Bryan Bulaga as the left tackle. By then, Bulaga had already blown out his knee, and Newhouse did not start a game until Week 11.

Nevertheless, here's what stood out on the first edition of this year's depth chart:
  • Without Jermichael Finley, the order at tight end was Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor, rookie Richard Rodgers and Jake Stoneburner.
  • Although coach Mike McCarthy said he has not decided how the backup quarterback reps will be divided up against the Titans, Matt Flynn was listed as No. 2 and Scott Tolzien No. 3 behind Aaron Rodgers.
  • At running back, James Starks was listed as the No. 2 behind Lacy. DuJuan Harris was third followed by Michael Hill, Rajion Neal and LaDarius Perkins.
  • JC Tretter was the top center ahead of rookie Corey Linsley.
  • The No. 2 outside linebacker combination behind starters Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers was Mike Neal and Nick Perry. Neal was the backup to Matthews on the right side, while Perry was behind Peppers on the left even though Perry has been more productive on the other side.
  • Morgan Burnett and Micah Hyde were listed as the starting safety duo with Sean Richardson behind Burnett and first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix behind Hyde.
  • At right cornerback, former practice-squader Jumal Rolle was No. 3 (behind Sam Shields and Casey Hayward) ahead of rookie sixth-round pick Demetri Goodson, who has struggled so far.
  • At kickoff returner, it was Hyde followed by Harris, Cobb and rookie Jeff Janis. The punt returners were Hyde and Cobb.
  • The depth chart also included the assistant coaches' locations on game days, and there was one major change. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements is going to the coaches box after previously working from the sideline. He will be joined in the box by defensive coordinator Dom Capers, offensive quality control assistant Luke Getsy, assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall, defensive/special teams assistant Jason Simmons and cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – On the same day that rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis learned that his season was over because of a knee injury, the Green Bay Packers had two other injury scares during their annual Family Night event at Lambeau Field.

Raji
One of them, to rookie tight end Colt Lyerla, was potentially serious.

On the other, to veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji, the Packers appear to have gotten lucky.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy decided not to scrimmage on Family Night, but rather just hold a regular training camp practice. There is no live tackling in McCarthy's practices.

Lyerla wouldn't specify his exact injury, but he had crutches in his locker. He would only call it a leg injury and when he was not using the crutches, he walked slowly and with a limp. The injury occurred on one of Lyerla's biggest -- and perhaps most unwise -- plays of training camp.

After he caught a pass from Matt Flynn, Lyerla hurdled cornerback Jumal Rolle and got drilled by cornerback Jarrett Bush before he hit the ground.

"I was just trying to make a play," Lyerla said.

Perhaps he felt he the need to do so after a slow start in his return to football after leaving the University of Oregon midway through last season.

"The first couple days were a little bit of a slow start but after Week 1, I feel like I've made a lot of leaps and bounds," said Lyerla, who was signed after a tryout in May.

Many in the crowd of 67,336 -- a Family Night record -- were probably holding their breath when Raji appeared to injury his right ankle. He did not return to the practice but afterward said he was only scheduled to play one more snap.

"I'm fine; I just got rolled up on in one of the passing drills," Raji said. "But after the initial shock of it, I was able to walk it off, and I felt like I'll be OK."

Raji said he expected to be able to practice when training camp resumes Monday.

McCarthy said he had no injury information.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After looking at the Green Bay Packers' offensive depth chart on Monday, it's time to take a look at the defensive side of the ball.

Remember, this is an unofficial assessment, but it is based on observations during organized team activities and minicamp practices combined with interviews with assistant coaches and scouts.

Defensive line: Ends -- Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Khyri Thornton, Jerel Worthy, Carlos Gray, Luther Robinson. Tackles -- B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion, Mike Pennel.

Notes: Raji, who returned on a one-year, $4 million contract, will move back to nose tackle in the base 3-4 defense. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers plans to pair Jones and Daniels together as the inside rushers in nickel and dime situations. Guion should provide some run-stopping bulk up front that was lost when the Packers chose not to re-sign Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly.

Outside linebackers: Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Carl Bradford, Andy Mulumba, Nate Palmer, Adrian Hubbard, Jayrone Elliott, Shaun Lewis.

Notes: The Packers plan to move around Peppers, but he played almost exclusively out of a two-point stance during OTAs and minicamp practices that were open. Matthews and Perry did not practice all offseason because of lingering injuries. Bradford, a fourth-round pick, flashed some pass-rush ability, while undrafted rookie Hubbard brings some added size (6-foot-6, 257 pounds) to the position.

Inside linebackers: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington, Jake Doughty, Joe Thomas.

Notes: Linebackers coach Winston Moss insisted this offseason that Brad Jones remains one of the two starters despite an inconsistent 2013 season, and there was nothing in the offseason practices to suggest Jones' job is in jeopardy. However, the Packers want to get Lattimore more involved, so look for them to carve out a role for him.

Cornerbacks: Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Davon House, Jarrett Bush, Demetri Goodson, Ryan White, Jumal Rolle.

Notes: The importance of Hayward's return from the hamstring injury that limited him to just three games last season was evident during minicamp, when the third-year cornerback picked off a pass in the end zone. The Packers remain high on House, who stepped in for Shields in the playoff game against the 49ers and performed well. Goodson, a sixth-round pick, brings athleticism to the group.

Safeties: Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo, Charles Clay, Tanner Miller.

Notes: Hyde, who played as a slot cornerback last season as a rookie, has looked natural in his conversion to safety and played ahead of Clinton-Dix, the first-round pick, with the defensive starters. Richardson also had a strong offseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Here's a look at what stood out from the Green Bay Packers' minicamp practice on Thursday:

1. Veterans gone: For the final practice of the team's mandatory minicamp, coach Mike McCarthy excused all veterans with five or more years of experience. Without the 16 players that fit into that category, it gave the rookies and younger players more reps than they had received at any point previously in the offseason. But it meant this week's mandatory minicamp was essentially one day of football for the full squad because the Packers spent Wednesday at their annual team-building event, which this year was bowling.

"A lot of younger players got a lot of reps today that did not have the opportunity in the other practices," McCarthy said Thursday.

2. Tolzien shines: With Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn among those excused from practice, it gave young quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Chase Rettig the chance to run the offense. For Tolzien, it was his first time getting starter reps since the weeks leading up to his two starts last season against the Giants and Vikings. Tolzien looked especially sharp in the red zone. On consecutive plays, he threw short touchdowns to his former University Wisconsin teammate Jared Abbrederis and tight end Brandon Bostick. The throw to Bostick was a perfectly thrown fade in the left corner of the end zone.

"I think any time that guys are relying on you and you're the first guy in the huddle, that's a big chance for you," Tolzien said. "But at the same time it shouldn't really change how you are. You should prepare like a starter every day."

3. Rettig's reps: Any reps for Rettig would have been more than normal given that the fourth quarterback on the depth chart rarely gets any work during team periods, so Thursday was big for the undrafted rookie from Boston College. There's no guarantee the Packers will take four quarterbacks to camp, but Rettig helped his cause with a few nice throws. He hit tight end Ryan Taylor in stride on a seam route and also connected with receiver Kevin Dorsey and tight end Richard Rodgers.

4. Changing duties: At one point during position drills, defensive line coach Mike Trgovac worked with the offensive linemen. A few yards away, offensive line coach James Campen ran the defensive line drill. That was something new this offseason, but it makes senses that a defensive line coach could give pointers to offensive linemen and vice versa.

5. Bradford's bat down: Rookie outside linebacker Carl Bradford made perhaps the most impressive defensive play of the practice when he batted down a pass attempt by Rettig on a two-point conversion try. The fourth-round pick from Arizona State showed his athletic ability by leaping and swatting the ball away with two hands.

6. Changing of the guard: With starting guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton among the veterans excused from practice, Don Barclay and Lane Taylor worked with the No. 1 offensive line. Barclay played left guard, while Taylor lined up on the right side. It showed how committed the Packers are to leaving Derek Sherrod at left tackle. As a rookie in 2011, Sherrod battled Lang for a starting job at guard. Instead, he remained as the backup left tackle.

7. Roll call, part 1: The 16 veterans excused on Thursday were: kicker Mason Crosby, cornerback Jarrett Bush, fullback John Kuhn, cornerback Tramon Williams, linebacker A.J. Hawk, linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker/defensive end Julius Peppers, linebacker Brad Jones, long snapper Brett Goode, receiver Jordy Nelson, defensive tackle B.J. Raji, defensive tackle Letroy Guion, Flynn, Rodgers, Lang and Sitton.

8. Roll call, part 2: The following players attended practice but did not participate: receiver Chris Harper, cornerback Jumal Rolle, linebacker Nick Perry, tight end Andrew Quarless and defensive end Jerel Worthy. Running back Johnathan Franklin, who will be waived/injured on Friday because of a career-ending neck injury, was not present.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Here's a look at what stood out from the Green Bay Packers' minicamp practice on Tuesday:

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1. Hayward's return: Casey Hayward played like it was 2012, when he led all NFL rookies with six interceptions. After a lost 2013 season in which Hayward was limited to only three games (and no interceptions) because of a recurring hamstring injury, which first occurred on the eve of training camp, Hayward has taken part in the entire offseason program and looks to be back to his rookie form. During a play from the defense's 15-yard line during red zone period, Hayward made a leaping interception in the end zone on a corner route that may have been slightly underthrown by Matt Flynn for tight end Richard Rodgers.

"I told him today, don't go pulling a hamstring the day before he's supposed to come to training camp," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said after practice.

2. Tolzien's progress: On back-to-back plays during the final team period of practice, backup quarterback Scott Tolzien completed a deep out to Myles White and then threw a rocket on a seam route that rookie Jared Abbrederis snagged. They were among Tolzien's most impressive throws of the offseason and could be a sign that he is poised to launch a legitimate run at Flynn and the No. 2 job this summer.

"He's made improvements throughout the course of the whole camp," quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said of Tolzien, "which is what you'd expect to see."

3. Matthews eases in: Clay Matthews was not an official participant in practice but near the end he jumped into a drill during a position group period. He did not wear a helmet but did some light drill work. He did not have any protection on his twice-broken right thumb.

"Clay is coming along," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's still part of the group that's not practicing."

4. Cool Crosby: Mason Crosby was perfect on seven field goals during a special teams period. He hit from 33, 36, 40, 43, 45, 50 and 53 yards on a breezy day. The Packers have no plans to bring another kicker to training camp like they did last season, when Crosby was coming off his worst year in 2012. So far, he looks to be in the same form as last season, when he made 33-of-37 field goals.

"We've got to maintain this and not outkick ourselves and be fresh and explosive week to week," special teams coach Shawn Slocum said.

5. Rodgers on the Bucks: Just as he did in our one-on-one interview on Monday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers would not elaborate on his reported interest in becoming a part owner in the Milwaukee Bucks, who were recently sold.

"I don't have any update besides the fact that I was wearing a Bucks long-sleeve [shirt] with Rob Demovsky in my interview," Rodgers said.

6. Roll call, part 1: The following players were present but did not take part in practice: Matthews, cornerback Jumal Rolle, running back Johanthan Franklin, linebacker Nick Perry, Andrew Quarless and Jerel Worthy.

7. Roll call, part 2: Left guard Josh Sitton did not attend practice. McCarthy said Sitton had been excused.

8. Wednesday's activity: McCarthy has a practice on the schedule for Wednesday but given that it is closed to the public, it is expected that he will take the team on a non-football team-building exercise like he typically does during minicamp. The next practice open to the public is Thursday.

Packers' medical checkup, part 2

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Earlier, we looked at the Green Bay Packers' players who have returned from injuries that prematurely ended their 2013 seasons.

Now, let's take a look at the players who have yet to return from injury or have sustained injuries this offseason.

Players still out

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1. Clay Matthews: Ever since he had his second surgery on his twice broken thumb, it was clear that the Pro Bowl outside linebacker would miss a good part of the offseason. But Matthews said recently that his thumb is healing properly and that he expects to be ready by the start of the regular season. However, that does not answer the question of whether he will be ready for training camp. Matthews said recently that does not expect to have to use a sizable brace on his hand but likely will have to wear some protective covering. Matthews has been at every organized team activity practice open to the media but has not participated in the action.

"It's kind of week-to-week," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We'll see how he's doing. ... I really don't have a handle on if he'll practice in the offseason or not."

2. Nick Perry: This is one of two mysteries on the injured list. Perry finished last season by playing in the final five games (including playoffs) after missing five games because of foot and ankle injuries. Like Matthews, Perry has been at every OTA practice open to the media but has not participated. He also has not been available to reporters, and McCarthy does not reveal injury details in the offseason.

3. Andrew Quarless: Like Perry, Quarless also finished the season on the active roster. He played in all 16 games and became the starting tight end after Jermichael Finley's season-ending neck injury in Week 7. It was the first time Quarless had played since late in the 2011 season, when he blew out his knee and underwent reconstructive knee injury that cost him the entire 2012 season. Quarless has been in attendance at all the OTAs open to the media but has not participated or spoken to reporters.

4. Johnathan Franklin: The second-year running back has not been cleared to return following the neck injury that landed him on injured reserve on Nov. 27. Franklin has been in attendance at all the OTAs open to the media but has not participated or spoken to reporters.

Players with new injuries

1. Chris Harper: The second-year receiver who claimed off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 18 of last year was off to a strong start in OTAs until he sustained a hamstring injury last week. "Harper was making a lot of plays before he tweaked his hamstring," quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week.

2. Jumal Rolle: The cornerback who spent 11 weeks on the practice squad before elevated to the active roster late in the season began the offseason in fine health but has not practiced since the first week of OTAs. No reason was given for him dropping out of practice.

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