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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Got in a bit later than planned Monday night, and so I'm just getting around to updating you on the happenings around the NFC North. We start with a newsy day in Green Bay, where linebacker Nick Barnett practiced in full pads for the first time, defensive lineman Justin Harrell admitted he is worried his career is over and the coaching staff began splitting repetitions at right tackle.
Barnett participated in a limited capacity but wore full pads as his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament draws to a close. Backups Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop have practiced well in his absence, but Barnett said he has no concerns about losing his starting job, according to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Barnett: "I feel like I'm a leader of this defense, and for me to be sitting here and talking about, 'I feel pressure in my spot,' it's a little -- I don't know, just out of order to me."
Harrell, meanwhile, said he is "most definitely" concerned that back spasms will force him to retire because they signal a reoccurrence of a back injury he has already had two surgeries for. "It's probably the worst week of my life," Harrell said. No decision had been made as of Monday.
Finally, second-year offensive lineman Breno Giacomini started getting work with the first team at right tackle, where Allen Barbre has been practicing. Barbre also got some first-team reps, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Giacomini has fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery and is an imposing figure at 6-foot-7.
Continuing around the NFC North: