GREEN BAY - A trip to Oakland this week will reunite many Green Bay Packers players with one of their most popular teammates.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson landed with the Raiders after the Packers cut him in March and is listed as a starter. He did not play last week in Oakland’s second exhibition game, and the Packers will have to see if he plays against them Friday night.
Receiver Davante Adams, who grew up near the Bay Area, said he lives in the same neighborhood as Nelson and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, his former college teammate. Adams said despite staying in contact, it will take him a while to get used to Nelson in silver and black.
“I’ve been seeing it on social media and I don’t know if I like it,” Adams said. “He looks kind of different in that black and silver. I’m happy for him but I don’t know if I like it, though.”
Not lined up
Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s hope that all five of his offensive linemen would play together at some point during training camp has all but vanished.
Four of the five practiced Monday, but Justin McCray is nursing a sore calf and may not be back until the season opener against Chicago. McCray definitely won’t practice Tuesday and the only other practice after that is the following Monday.
“Yeah, we’re not going to achieve the goal of having them all at practice together at once,” McCarthy said. “With that, the focus of playing in different combinations is really what we’re going to take advantage of with this.”
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This should have been the week everyone was together.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was on PUP for a week and just last week started taking snaps in 11-on-11 drills because the medical staff wanted to be cautious with his surgically repaired right knee.
About the same time Bulaga was activated, left tackle David Bakhtiari injured his ankle, which sidelined him for a week and a half. Just before Bakhtiari came back, guard Lane Taylor suffered a thigh injury that relegated him to individual work only.
On Monday, Bakhtiari, Taylor, center Corey Linsley and Bulaga were all together. Veteran Byron Bell played right guard in place of McCray.
It seems a long shot that any of the four healthy starters will play in either of the last two exhibition games, so the practices before the opener against the Chicago Bears will be their debut together.
“Ideally you’d like to rep your five or six, seven guys, or just get into a rhythm there, but that’s just because of the injuries we haven’t been able to get that done,” McCarthy said.