After sustaining a concussion in the team's annual intra-squad scrimmage more than a week ago, left tackle Marshall Newhouse returned to practice on Monday and brought some stability back to the offensive line. "Newhouse didn’t appear to be on a snap count in practice and as long as he doesn’t experience a setback, he’s expected to start Thursday’s preseason game against Cleveland," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. This is a very positive development for the Packers who were struggling at the left tackle position with both Newhouse and Derek Sherrod out of action. It doesn't appear as if Herb Taylor or Andrew Datko can be relied upon, or in the case of Datko, at least not yet.
More on Marshall Newhouse comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The signing of guard T.J. Lang to an extension now puts in perspective the contract situations of three more high-profile Packers players whose contracts are expiring in future seasons: Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers. "The combination of the three could cost the Packers as much as $50 million in signing bonuses, but after making $42.7 million profit in 2011, they're in position to pay it," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A bigger question will be how they afford it under the salary cap." As for analysis of the Lang signing, the Packers made the right move with a player who's headed in the right direction. They probably also saved some money by signing him before he hits free agency.
Running back Cedric Benson met with local reporters for the first time on Monday and tried to ease any concerns about his age or the pounding he's taken during his career in the NFL. "I think I've got plenty," Benson told the Associated Press. "I still feel good. I'm still loose, I diet well and I train well and do the best I can to contribute to the longevity of my career as best I know how. And I think I've got plenty of years left. I feel great." The question still lingers whether it was better to sign Benson than Ryan Grant, but that's now a decision in the rear-view mirror for the Packers. They're moving forward with Benson, and only fans and the media will keep the Benson/Grant debate alive.
An injury to fullback John Kuhn caused head coach Mike McCarthy to cut training camp practice short once again on Monday. "Kuhn sustained a sprained ankle," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "With running backs James Starks (turf toe), Brandon Saine (hamstring) and Duane Bennett (knee) and fullback Jon Hoese (hamstring) sidelined, Kuhn’s injury reduced the Packers’ backfield platoon to just three players: Alex Green, undrafted running back Marc Tyler and undrafted fullback Nic Cooper." McCarthy said Cedric Benson will not play in Thursday's preseason game, so it's possible the Packers could play the Browns with a very thin backfield.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke to reporters on Monday, and reporters passed along Rodgers thoughts on Cedric Benson at ESPNMilwaukee.com, the running game at JSOnline and the team's health at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Thoughts on the makeup of the Packers' final 53-man roster come courtesy of Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
Linebacker Clay Matthews talked to the Press-Gazette about the new offseason additions on defense.
Rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels has returned to practice.
Former Packers offensive lineman Chad Clifton visited the Patriots.
A column on the Packers rookies is written by Chad Toporski at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The battle along the defensive line is summed up at Acme Packing Company.
Video: Larry McCarren talks about Cedric Benson, from NBC 26 in Green Bay...
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