Packers being smart with Quarless on first day back

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless practiced for the first time on Saturday after missing the past two days with what coach Mike McCarthy described as a “difficult family situation.”

Quarless participated in various individual drills, but took only a snap or two in team periods. The sixth-year tight end is also awaiting an Aug. 10 court date stemming from his July 4 arrest in Miami Beach, Fla., after allegedly discharging a firearm in public.

“Andrew obviously has been gone because of what him and his family have been dealing with,” McCarthy said after practice. From a professional standpoint, a) you’ve got to make sure that he’s OK, and that’s the priority. But as far as his workload, just treat him as if it was his first day.

“Obviously this was a much more demanding practice as far as the length and the team periods. So just being real smart with his reps and just had a couple of people watching him.”

Receiver Jared Abbrederis (concussion), outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen), cornerback Quinten Rollins (hamstring), running back John Crockett (ankle), receiver Ricky Collins (heel) and offensive lineman Matt Rotheram (ankle) didn’t participate.

Rookie receiver Adrian Coxson was taken by ambulance midway through Saturday’s padded practice at Ray Nistchke Field after experiencing light-headedness.

Coxson, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound receiver out of Stony Brook, signed with the Packers immediately after May’s NFL draft. He was loaded into the ambulance by team medical personnel, and as of Saturday afternoon, was still undergoing tests at a nearby hospital.

“Adrian, we had a situation where he just was feeling fatigued, lightheaded,” McCarthy said. “So he’s under observation right now.”

Outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard appeared to turn his ankle in a team period late in practice. He tried to return, but limped off after one play.

Here’s what else McCarthy had to say in his post-practice news conference:

On padded practice:

First impressions of the padded practice. I thought we got off to a solid start. The things I pay close attention to. The new drills, pace of drills, are we getting out of it what we hoped to? I think we got off to a solid start. That's the best work we can do is getting competing.

On Ron Zook taking over special teams:

There's no adjustment. Those adjustments occur in the offseason. We've changed some meeting structure we've had in the past. We're spending more time with special teams than we have in the past. We've added new drills to our special teams work. The way we process and way we push forward and remain creative. Ron and Jason.

On Ty Montgomery:

Ty is a playmaker. Strong, powerful, obviously gifted. It was good to see him back there. A couple knuckleballs on the kickoff. That'll be work for him. I think he's fit in nicely on offense and made some plays. … Ty is very bright. You can see that in his first day back and on special teams. He asks a lot of questions.

On agenda for Sunday:

Tomorrow is their day off. Schedule is standard throughout the league. Monday will be from schedule standpoint the same as today. Installation No. 4.

On Andy Mulumba:

You watch all the guys but with injury you're looking to see if they're putting their foot in the ground. Andy did some nice things today.

On Jared Abbrederis:

Still going through the protocol.

On new guy stepping in:

You want to create competition. The rotation sometimes factor into it. You're trying to prepare as many players as possible. You don't have time to have a JV practice and varsity practice. You have to get them all interacting and see how they play together.

On special teams:

Every year players use it as a vehicle. Jerry Fontenot showed a video of Terrell Davis running down and making a tackle. It's an opportunity to make the team. I think all the young guys are taking advantage of the opportunity.

On Sean Richardson versatility:

He's coming into his own. I thought he had an excellent year last year with the opportunities he had. We're looking for ways to have him more involved defensively. He was our top one or two special teams players.

On Eddie Lacy's preseason plan:

I'm not worried about the reps in games as much as I am in practice. It's the whole ball of work. I want to get him as much work as I possibly can this preseason. That might equate to less reps in the preseason.

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