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Family Night scrimmage features live tackling

Aug. 3, 2012
 
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Tonight’s Green Bay Packers Family Night scrimmage will include live tackling on plays from scrimmage, unlike last year when it was all “thud” tackling.

McCarthy on Thursday said the scrimmage will consist of six periods of periods of offense vs. defense, which will include live tackling, with special-teams periods mixed in. The special-teams play will be only “thud” tackling, which means making contact with or two-hand tagging the runner but then letting up.

He said the offense vs. defense will broken into six periods total: two of move the ball, two of no-huddle offense, and two of the two-minute drill.

McCarthy also said the coaching staff grades the scrimmage like it’s more of a game setting than a practice.

“I know tomorrow night there will be a couple individuals that will do things in the scrimmage that you have not seen on the field, that’s usually how it goes,” McCarthy said Thursday night. “So it’s an opportunity for, particularly young players, to step up and show what they can.”

The team will take Lambeau Field tonight at 6:30 p.m., with the scrimmage beginning at 7:30 p.m. In-stadium activities for the crowd begin at 5:30 p.m.

-- Pete Dougherty, pdougher@greenbaypressgazette.com

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