Raji, Perry return to Packers practice Monday

Ryan Wood
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Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji celebrates a defensive stop against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers were well rested from their bye week when they returned to the practice field Monday, but the team was still short of a full roster.

Running back James Starks and receiver Ty Montgomery were the only two players on the Packers’ 53-man roster who were unable to practice. Montgomery left last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers with a sprained ankle. Starks was at practice, but his reason for not participating was unclear.

Starks had 112 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries against the Chargers.

Several key players were able to continue practicing after resting with injuries over the bye week. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) returned for the first time since being injured against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 11.

Receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf) are expected to play Sunday at the Denver Broncos, and both were practicing Monday. Both players have missed substantial time after aggravating their injuries. Burnett has missed five of six games this season, while Adams hasn’t played since the Packers’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Packers usually don’t practice on Mondays, but they used an extra day coming off their bye to hone their fundamentals. Coach Mike McCarthy said he wanted his team to improve at the game’s basics. One interesting adjustment came on team tackling drills. The Packers usually practice their tackling against dummies, but Monday they went half-speed in the open field against live ball carriers.

The Packers also signed defensive tackle Justin Hamilton to the practice squad. Hamilton, who was at practice Monday, replaces defensive end Bruce Gaston on the team's practice squad. Gaston was signed to the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster last week.

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