Randall, Montgomery return to practice
Everyone except starting center Corey Linsley practiced in some capacity when the Green Bay Packers returned to practice on Tuesday afternoon.
That included all five players who sat out of last Thursday’s 27-23 win over Detroit: right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle/knee), right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder), cornerback Damarious Randall (hamstring/ankle), fullback Aaron Ripkowski (illness) and receiver/returner Ty Montgomery (ankle).
It’s the first time Montgomery has worked during a portion of practice open to the media since he aggravated his high-ankle sprain on Nov. 19. The rookie receiver has missed the last six games since first injuring the ankle again San Diego on Oct. 18.
Lang, Bulaga and Randall all were listed as questionable to play against the Lions before being scratched. Linsley, who sat out against Minnesota two weeks ago, left in the second quarter against the Lions after aggravating his own an ankle in his recovery of Aaron Rodgers’ fumble. Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged earlier in the day that Linsley wasn’t expected to practice.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari also practiced after leaving briefly against Detroit because of a right knee injury. Trainers wrapped his knee and he returned for the offense’s final two series in the comeback victory.
Tight end Andrew Quarless appeared to be doing more with the offense as well. The sixth-year tight end remains on temporary injured reserve after spraining his MCL in Week 3 against Kansas City.
The Packers had two new practice-squad players on the field Tuesday in former Alabama State receiver Jamel Johnson and Lafayette (Pa.) College running back Ross Scheuerman. They released defensive back Kyle Sebetic to make room for both players.
Johnson (6-2, 217) played one season at Alabama State after transferring from Troy. He caught 28 passes for 328 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns. Johnson will wear No. 10 for the Packers.
Scheuerman (6-0, 210) originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in May. He was placed on injured reserve early in training camp and was released on Aug. 28.
Scheuerman, who’ll wear No. 26, finished his collegiate career with 3,504 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns in 45 collegiate games.