When the outside linebacker group for the Green Bay Packers took to the field for practice on Saturday only 4 of the 9 players were healthy enough to participate. The Packers are very cautious with even the most minor of injuries at this time of year but to have so many players sitting out at one position is worrisome.
There is a lot to like about the 13-year Green Bay Packers veteran Julius Peppers. And the production that both he and Reggie White recorded at the same age while sporting a Packers uniform is quite impressive.
The Packers' defense needs a change next year, and won't have cap room or high draft picks to waste on the front seven. But a schematic change to Wade Phillips brand of 3-4 might be just enough to bring about the positional (and attitude) change this team needs.
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