Saturday, August 4, 2012
Family Night(s): 'Just between us ...'
By Kevin Seifert
MANKATO, Minn. -- While a violent thunderstorm raged Friday night near the Minnesota Vikings' training camp, two other NFC North teams held their annual Family Night practices at their home stadiums. I obviously wasn't in attendance at either Soldier Field or Lambeau Field, but I figured I would take a moment this morning to pass along some information from those who were.
Chicago Bears: A total of 27,532 fans showed up to see receiver Brandon Marshall in a Bears uniform at Soldier Field for the first time. From Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com: "Marshall excited the crowd with a handful of acrobatic catches in the end zone throughout the night’s practice. On one, he snatched the ball from the air as two defenders converged on him in the back of the end zone." Afterwards, Marshall was interviewed over the public address system and said: "It's just between us, keep it here -- a Super Bowl." … Linebacker Brian Urlacher was in full uniform but sat out a third consecutive practice because of a sore knee, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. … The Bears worked on red-zone drills extensively. Meanwhile, J'Marcus Webb worked exclusively at left tackle with the first team while Chris Williams worked with the second team at right tackle.
Green Bay Packers: An announced sellout of 55,605 saw Packers coach Mike McCarthy change course and cancel a live-hitting portion of the practice. Instead, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, offensive linemen ended the practice by kicking field goals. The winner of the competition apparently was left guard T.J. Lang. … Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 7-of-9 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, without an interception, during team drills. (Here is Wilde's practice report.) … Place-kicker Mason Crosby tested the new wind currents created by construction at Lambeau Field and missed three field goals, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. … The Packers had a lot of pre-snap penalties, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.