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Hayward trying to get groove back after hamstring injury

Aug. 19, 2013
 

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After missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury, second-year cornerback Casey Hayward was back on the practice field today. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

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After missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury, second-year cornerback Casey Hayward was back on the practice field today.

“It felt good,” said Hayward. “Trying to get back into the groove of things.”

Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers want to ease Hayward back. He took part in a limited number of team reps.

“They told me to go a little light today, light reps,” said Hayward. “But when you’re out there, you want to get more reps. But we are going to ease into it.

“I feel pretty good. I wouldn’t be out there if I wasn’t 100 percent. I felt pretty good out there. There are a few kinks I want to work out with my leg.”

Said McCarthy: “I think the structure of today’s practice probably helped him for being on the field for the first time. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and see how he progresses through the week. But it’s good to have him back out there.”

Hayward injured the hamstring during a personal workout prior to the start of training camp.

“I was working out in Atlanta running and it was just a freak accident,” said Hayward. “I knew as soon as it happened. I wasn’t sure how long I would be out. I wasn’t hoping to be out this long, but the MRI showed I pulled it pretty good.”

Hayward likely wouldn’t play until the final preseason game, and he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

He’s just glad to be back on the practice field.

“Today was a good push,” Hayward said. “I think the plays I was out there, I was 100 percent.”

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