The Green Bay Packers will be under the lights for the first time this training camp on Thursday when they switch over to 7 p.m. practices at Nitschke Field. After six consecutive early-morning practices, Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his players will host four late practices between now and Monday, including Friday's annual Family Night at Lambeau Field currently scheduled for 6:30 p.m. During the final day of 8:15 a.m. practices on Wednesday, Pete Dougherty profiled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and how his contract matches up with the rest of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. "Rodgers also is coming off as good a season as a quarterback ever has had in leading the Packers to a 15-1 regular-season record and setting an NFL single-season record for passer rating (122.5)," writes Dougherty. "If Brees is worth $20 million a year and Manning about $19 million a season, then by comparison Rodgers’ $9.75 million is one of the great deals for a professional sports team in the United States." In other news to come out of Wednesday's practice: *NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a stop at Packers' practice on Wednesday and talked about the league's current plan to move forward with replacement referees during the preseason with lockout still in effect for league officials. Despite pulling from a pool of recently retired referees and those with semi-professional or small-college experience, Goodell doesn’t believe safety will be compromised if replacement officials are used in games. “I really don’t accept that premise,” said Goodell of the potential effect on player safety. “I think it’s something that we’ll continue to focus on with either replacement officials or officials when they get back. *Coming off a concussion that kept him out of practice early in training camp, tight end Jermichael Finley isn't worried about is slow start to camp, writes Rob Demovsky in Wednesday's notebook that also includes updates on Diondre Borel's strong start to camp, Johnny Jolly's reinstatement and injury update on linebacker Desmond Bishop. *Demovsky's work didn't end there as his "Insider" took a look at how the defense's blitzing during Wednesday’s team periods had the quarterbacks running and ducking. "Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who had only six sacks last season after recording 23½ in his first two seasons combined, spent most of his day in the backfield. He had two sacks and at least one quarterback pressure," writes Demovsky. *Finally, we catch up with second-year running back Brandon Saine during our daily "Getting to Know" feature. After being an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, Saine was originally on the Packers' practice squad last season before being signed to the active roster last Halloween.
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About this blogGet Green Bay Packers updates as they happen from our reporting team: (from left) Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty.
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