Notebook: Rest Helped Green
Monday, October 16, 2006
Mike Spofford

While the weekend off was a good time for all the Packers players and coaches to get away and get refreshed, the player who benefited the most from the bye might have been running back Ahman Green.

Nagged by hamstring troubles that have forced him to miss the last two games, Green practiced just once last week to heal up. He came back to practice on Monday looking like his old self, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy expects him to be ready to play on Sunday at Miami.

"The way we handled him last week - rehab Tuesday and Wednesday and practicing on Thursday - I think more mentally it let him feel like he knew he was back and he could push the hamstrings," McCarthy said. "I think it gave him a little more sense of relief mentally going into the bye week."

McCarthy has felt prior to each of the last two games that Green would be ready to go, only to scratch him a few hours before kickoff because the hamstrings weren't 100 percent.

This was the most encouraging report yet on Green, who is still the team's No. 1 running back despite strong performances by Vernand Morency (99 yards at Philadelphia) and Noah Herron (106 yards vs. St. Louis) in his absence.

"He looked good today," McCarthy said.

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