♦ Did not practice: WR Brett Swain (knee), CB Josh Bell (foot), S Will Blackmon (knee), LB Frank Zombo (ankle), LB Alex Joseph (quadriceps), LB Brady Poppinga (concussion), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), S Atari Bigby (ankle), RB James Starks (hamstring), LB Nick Barnett (knee), WR Donald Driver (calf), TE Andrew Quarless (hamstring), DE Ronald Talley (knee).
Green Bay Packers safety Will Blackmon said there are no new problems stemming from the ACL surgery that limited him to just three games last season. He has missed the last three practices of training camp despite being on the one-a-day schedule, meaning Blackmon had been participating in single practices and at one session during two-a-days.
“I’m feeling straight,” Blackmon said. “I asked for a little more time because I want to put the best stuff out there. I don’t want to rush it.
“I don’t have any setbacks. I didn’t reinjure anything at all. I just feel like I need a little more time.”
Blackmon said he plans to be back in pads this week, either Tuesday or Thursday.
“I’m just (staying) positive, looking forward to the season,” Blackmon said. “I’ve been through it before, so I know what it’s like.
“My thing is, I’m just getting mental reps and out there observing – trying to make it as realistic as possible without being on the actual field.”
Blackmon is in the midst of switching from cornerback to safety, but, more importantly, he is the primary return man. Brandon Jackson took the first reps with the kickoff return team on Monday.
“I think Will’s going to be fine,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s just coming off the major knee surgery, going through camp.”
Bigby done for preseason
McCarthy said safety Atari Bigby has four weeks of rehab after undergoing ankle surgery last week. Bigby traveled to Charlotte, N.C., and had the surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday.
Bigby looks to miss all four preseason games, which means rookie Morgan Burnett will likely be the starting safety opposite Nick Collins when the season opens at Philadelphia on Sept. 12. Burnett has been working with the No. 1 defense throughout training camp and during the offseason when Bigby had not signed his restricted free agent tender offer while hoping for a contract extension.
Live drills debate
General manager Ted Thompson talked on Monday about his disdain for live periods during training camp and the Family Night scrimmage.
“I’m not a huge fan of it, I’ve got to be honest, just because I never like to see the Packers play the Packers,” Thompson said. “That’s always going to be my take on it.
“I just don’t like to see us (tackling and blocking) against each other. I am fine in a preseason game. I am more comfortable then because there are only 11 of us out there at a time as opposed to 22.”
McCarthy felt differently and stressed a need to prepare for the full contact that will come in games.
“Ted and I, we disagree once in a while, that’s good,” McCarthy said. “I like the way we scrimmage. I think it’s controlled. It’s important to get some live action.
“I think we’re smart with our players. … I’m not comfortable going into a football game with no live action. I would not want to go line up against Cleveland in preseason game number one and have not had live tackling, live blocking or a live atmosphere to catch the football.”
Past versus present
New Packers Hall of Fame inductee Mark Chmura has taken issue with current tight end Jermichael Finley. Profootballtalk.com quoted Chmura, who played tight end on the 90’s Super Bowl teams, as saying, “(Finley) is a great player, but he is a moron” on Chmura’s show on ESPN Radio 540. The website also reported a conversation between Chmura and a beat writer that included Chmura saying, “Is Jermichael Finley stupid, arrogant and/or both” and "First thing I'd do, I'd say Shut your mouth. Shut up. Shut up! You're dumb. … You're a heck of a player but . . . be quiet!"
Finley is one of the more outspoken players in the locker room and has coined the phrase TGIF – Thank God It’s Finley. Some have questioned his maturity in the past.
Finley addressed the matter through his Twitter account Monday.
“I think chmura has a problem with me tell him to contact me if anyone knows him anymore,” Finley wrote. “This guy don't even know me. #crazyman”
Receiver Jordy Nelson practiced Monday after being knocked out of the scrimmage by safety Charlie Peprah. McCarthy reported Saturday that Nelson had a bruised side.