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Chilin' out

by Mark Daniels

It was a bundled bunch of railbirds who gathered around Ray Nitschke Field for the Pack's training camp practice. Under a thick, overcast sky, with a little wind, it was 57 degrees when the guys began working out. Head Coach Mike McCarthy put the squad through a shells only practice that offered plenty of individual and group drills like these;

(Offensive Line Coach James Campen-far right, has his group work on blocking drill)

(Defensive Lineman charge toward a dummy quarterback in sack-strip drill)

There was a spirited two minute drill, quarterbacked by Scott Tolzien and the number two offense against the backups on defense. The senario: 60 yards to go, 1:31 on the clock, down 28-24 with no timeouts. Tolzien connected with tight end Justin Perillo on a rub route to the left sideline for a good gain. Jeff Janis beat Antonio Dennard on an out route to the right. The offense got a break when on 4th and 3, Carl Bradford jumped offside. The drive reached the nine yard line when Tolzien spiked the ball with :06 to play. On third and 8, he zipped a pass over the middle toward Chris Harper but it sailed wide with :02 left. On the final snap, a fourth down, Tolzien was flushed out of the pocket and sprinting to the right sideline, he tried to hit Harper in the back corner of the end zone but ran out of room as Charles Clay closed hard on the play.

On the medical front, Jordy Nelson returned from Friday's hamstring injury but only on a very limited basis. Safety Tanner Miller was working for the first time in a week and Josh Boyd was back after injuring his ribs against Tennessee. Still out were Letroy Guion, Jerel Worthy, Davante Adams, Joe Thomas, Rajion Neal, Colt Lyerla and of course, the ACL boys, Jared Abbrederis and Don Barclay.