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Monday, August 15, 2011
Quick hits: Monday camp musings

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Let's cruise Monday's training camp highlights in quick-hitting fashion:

Item: Speaking of his competition at left guard, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that T.J. Lang graded out slightly higher than rookie Derek Sherrod in Saturday's preseason opener.
Comment: Both players continue to split practice repetitions while also getting work at tackle. Conventional wisdom suggests that a first-round draft pick is always the favorite in a competition that is anywhere close, but I'm sure the Packers will do what's best for protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 1.

Item: Tight end Jermichael Finley (glute) returned to practice Monday after missing Saturday's game.
Comment: Finley is by all accounts ready to get back on the field after his October knee injury. It will happen soon, possibly as early as Week 2 of the preseason.

Item: Former Packers guard Daryn Colledge said "it's a disappointing fact" that neither he nor most other former Packers were invited to last Friday's White House ceremony.
Comment: Reminder No. 6,363 that the NFL is a cold business. Surely Colledge knew that by now.

Item: Minnesota Vikings right guard Anthony Herrera, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Comment: It's not clear if Herrera's return is imminent, but he is a feisty and crafty veteran whose presence would no doubt be welcomed by quarterback Donovan McNabb. The timing of Herrera's return from the PUP suggests he is on track to be ready to play sometime next month.

Item: Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus, recovering from a pectoral injury, has begun working out on the side with shoulder pads.
Comment: Lions coach Jim Schwartz has expressed full confidence that Backus will be ready to start the regular season, and this is a step toward that direction.

Item: The Chicago Bears made no changes to their starting offensive line in practice Monday after giving up four sacks in the first half of their preseason opener Saturday.
Comment: I wouldn't have expected a quick hook from offensive line coach Mike Tice. You might as well give this group a chance to take steps from one week to the next before blowing it up.

Item: I am an idiot, news that comes as no surprise to many of you.
Comment: In this particular instance, I goofed in a post early Sunday morning about the Packers' starting cornerbacks in their preseason opener. Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams sat out, leaving Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee as the starters. I didn't read the comments on that post but I'm sure I deserve (most) everything that you wrote.