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Barrington returns to practice; Rodgers still out

Weston Hodkiewicz
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Sam Barrington returned to practice Saturday after sitting out Friday with an illness.

Green Bay Packers defenders Tramon Williams (37), Sam Barrington (58) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) tackle Detroit Lions receiver Jeremy Ross (12) in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

The Green Bay Packers' second-year linebacker started the last five games of the regular season inside, finishing the season with 51 tackles and a sack in 14 appearances.

As expected, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) and receiver Jordy Nelson (personal reasons) did not participate. Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Friday that Nelson would be out the rest of the week and Rodgers likely would not return until Thursday's practice.

Cornerback Demetri Goodson remained out with an illness.

The Packers held a padded practice inside the Hutson Center during the portion of practice open to the media. Like Friday, backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien handled all of the snaps.

McCarthy is scheduled to speak to the media at approximately 11:55 a.m. Central Time.

-- whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod