Mike McCarthy didn't even wait for the questions at his post practice media session today. He offered up the casualty list from Friday night's Oakland Raiders game and the impact it will have on the wounded and the team:
Audio: Mike McCarthy
On one night, the Packers lost the middle of both their offensive and defensive lines. Rookie Corey Linsley, the fifth round pick out of Ohio State, took the snaps with the starting offense today and the job will be his for the foreseeable future. On defense, Josh Boyd, in his second year, is next in line. He played mostly defensive end as a rookie and got increasing snaps late in the regular season. Now he'll move to the middle, backed up by draft pick Khyri Thornton, undrafted free agent Mike Pennel and former Minnesota Viking Letroy Guion, if he ever recovers from a hamstring pull that has kept him on the sidelines since camp began. As a show of moral support, B.J. Raji still attended practice today, wearing a sling to start, but taking it off for the rest of the afternoon.
As for the offensive line, what else is new? A year ago, Bryan Bulaga blew out his knee on family night. Don Barclay was lost for the year earlier in camp. Now J.C. Tretter, the kid the team groomed the moment Evan Dietrich-Smith headed for Tampa Bay as a free agent, is out maybe a month or more. Linsley was drafted for insurance and the future and when reporters caught up with him in the locker room after practice, the former Buckeye realized the future is now.
Audio: Corey Linsley.
Last but not least, with Brad Jones out at least for the Preseason finale against the Chiefs Thursday night at Lambeau Field, Jamari Lattimore got the first team reps at inside linebacker along with A.J.Hawk.
The first cuts of camp were announced today by General Manager Ted Thompson. As you would expect, no real surprises. The biggest name on the list of seven let go was wide receiver Chris Harper. He was a fourth round pick of the Seahawks last year, joined the Pack's practice squad but this summer, was the picture of inconsistency. Nice catch here, bad drop there. Also waived was rookie quarterback Chase Rettig, safety Charles Clay, defensive back Antonio Dennard, linebacker Korey Jones, fullback Ina Liaina and wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard. Right now, the Packers have 81 rostered players, six more moves are needed by Tuesday.
Just a reminder, the last two public practices of the summer are this week, 11:45 Monday morning and 10:30 Wednesday morning at Ray Nitschke Field.
The 5th Quarter returns Monday night, live from the Stadium View at 1963 Holmgren Way. We'll take a look back at the Raiders game, cover the medical news and visit with a young man who unfortunately had his career come to an end after only 11 professional games, but a guy who still looks at the sunny side of life. Johnathan Franklin will be our guest at 5:00 PM, hope you can join us.