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The baker's dozen run begins

by Mark Daniels

The Packers returned from the bye week off today and worked out late this afternoon, beginning the stretch of 13 straight weeks of football, the longest, uninterrupted stretch for any NFL team other than Carolina which also had the early, week three bye.  Even though it came early, the team needed the time to heal up from a rash of hamstring injuries.  It still wasn't enough time to get several players back on the practice field.  Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward, John Kuhn and Jarrett Bush, all suffering hamstring pulls, were pulled from the first workout.  Also missing practice were Jermichael Finley coming off his concussion and James Starks who injured his knee late in the first half against the Bengals.   Mike McCarthy doesn't have to disclose a formal injury report until Wednesday and he will take that time to allow the training staff to keep working on those players.  On the plus side, Morgan Burnett, cleanly shorn by the way, did practice and he said he felt good.  The formerly dreadlocked safety practiced before each of the first three games but wasn't able to go on Sundays.  Eddie Lacy also returned and McCarthy said he was full go after missing the Cincinnati game with a concussion.

McCarthy said a good portion of the bye week was spent on a "self-scout" of the team, addressing the reasons behind the 1-2 start and assessing the early season strengths and weaknesses.  Here's how he summed it up that process late Monday afternoon:

Audio: Mike McCarthy.

The Packers made a couple of personel moves Monday, activating running back Michael Hill off the practice squad and signing a receiver and kick returner, Reggie Dunn to the squad.  Hill was signed to the squad on September 2nd.  The 5-10, 210 pound back was not drafted last spring but signed with the San Diego Chargers, appearing in all four pre-season games before getting released on the final cut.  Hill played his college ball at Division II Missouri Western University. where he finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher, gaining 4,969 yards, averaging 6 yards and carry and scoring 35 touchdowns.   Hill said he showed up at work this morning, saw his name on the Detroit week depth chart and signed his contract in the running back's meeting room.   Dunn was a non-drafted rookie free agent from Utah who got a look from the Pittsburgh Steelers this summer.  He's 5-9 and 178 pounds with blazing speed.  As a senior, he averaged 51.3 yards a kickoff return on 10 runbacks and a school record four touchdowns.  He was first team All Pac 12 as a returner.  I saw one report that had him clocked at 4.24 in the 40 on his Utah pro day, making him one of the fastest players coming out of college this spring.  I wonder if Mike McCarthy gave Wiscons