Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton said he opted against having offseason surgery after sustaining ligament damage in his big toe last October. Sitton played through the injury, but sat out most practices during the second half of the season.
Sitton said he's on track with his recovery, estimating that the injury is "probably 80-90 percent" healed. After being voted into the Pro Bowl for the first time, Sitton wasn't going to let the injury keep him out of the game itself.
"I went through an entire season with it. I wasn't going to let any coaches or anybody else tell me not to go," Sitton said. "If I can fight through 18, 19, 20 games with it, I can play a half of football in the Pro Bowl."
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji didn't have the chance to get on the field last season after tearing his right biceps muscle in the Packers' third preseason game against Oakland.
After rehabbing extensively back home, Raji has been cleared to resume football activities and didn't appear to be limited at all during Thursday's practice.
"I am able to do everything," Raji said.
• Outside linebackers Mike Neal and Nick Perry didn't participate in Thursday's practice, along with defensive lineman Josh Boyd. Although the Packers didn't announce their injuries, Perry played through a shoulder injury for most of last season and Boyd missed some time with a knee injury.
The three players coming off anterior cruciate ligament injuries – receiver Jared Abbrederis, offensive lineman Don Barclay and outside linebacker Andy Mulumba – participated in individual drills but sat out of team periods. McCarthy said all three have been making good progress in their recoveries.
• Outside linebacker Julius Peppers didn't practice because of an illness. He practiced Wednesday and attended meetings Thursday morning before he was sent home.
• Receiver Ty Montgomery and quarterback Brett Hundley weren't present because of their participation in the NFLPA rookie premiere event that's taking place this weekend in Los Angeles.