Packers skip practice to go cosmic bowling

Weston Hodkiewicz

As has been customary in recent years, the Packers canceled Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice and brought the team cosmic bowling.

Although the Packers have had to shift their offseason schedule due to restrictions in the latest collective bargaining agreement, coach Mike McCarthy hasn't sacrificed annual team-building exercises such as bowling, skeet shooting and dodgeball.

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The Packers return to Nitschke Field at 11:30 a.m. today for their final minicamp practice before a monthlong break leading up to the start of training camp at the end of July.


According to, the Packers are concerned about the severity of the neck injury running back Johnathan Franklin suffered in November and are conducting tests to determine if he'll be able to return to the field.

A fourth-round pick in last year's NFL draft, Franklin had 19 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in 11 games as a rookie. He finished the season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion and neck injury returning a kickoff against Minnesota on Nov. 24.

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