Preseason: A shaky debut for Packers

August, 10, 2012
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Reviewing Thursday's action at Qualcomm Stadium:

San Diego Chargers 21, Green Bay Packers 13

Preseason record: 0-1

Of interest: Overall, a pretty ugly night for the defending NFC North champions. Two defensive starters departed with injuries, and the biggest concern was the condition of linebacker Desmond Bishop, who left the sideline on a cart because of a right knee injury. The Packers seemed braced for the worst Thursday night. Bishop has struggled with calf problems over the past year, and D.J. Smith is a capable backup, but it's early to start losing presumptive starters. Cornerback Davon House also left with a shoulder injury. … Even in the context of the preseason, the Packers' first-team offense had a rough night. Its three possessions ended in two turnovers and a punt, and overall the Packers had three turnovers in the first quarter alone. Watching Chargers rookie Melvin Ingram smoke replacement left tackle Herb Taylor was a nightmare for anyone associated with the Packers, especially when Ingram slammed into quarterback Aaron Rodgers (2-of-8 for 16 yards) and caused an interception. … Linebacker Nick Perry's bull rush of Chargers veteran Jeromey Clary in the first quarter was encouraging, even if replacement referees penalized his subsequent sack dance. … Safety M.D. Jennings got turned around by veteran tight end Antonio Gates on a 23-yard touchdown reception, and I wasn't a big fan of Jennings' tackle attempt (nor that of fellow safety Morgan Burnett) on Vincent Brown's 27-yard score. … Backup quarterback Graham Harrell (15-of-27 for 135 yards) had some moments, including a 3-yard score to receiver Randall Cobb, but it's clear he needs a lot of preseason playing time to even out his game.

Local coverage (in lieu of BBAO): Coach Mike McCarthy said that Bishop's injury "didn't look very good," according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, but that the Packers would "hopefully get some good news as further testing goes on." … Harrell on his performance, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Getting a chance to get that many reps -- and get in drive after drive -- is definitely good for me. We'll only get better from it. As the preseason goes on, hopefully we'll continue to improve." … Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel wasn't impressed with the evening. McGinn: "You couldn't draw up a more inept start to an exhibition season than the Green Bay Packers' regulars subjected a national cable television audience to Thursday night. Miserable on offense. Feeble on defense. Flawed and mistake-prone on special teams." … Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "The Green Bay Packers were fortunate to get out of this game with Aaron Rodgers upright and intact." … Perry played much of the first half and also drew a holding penalty from Clary, notes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.

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