Notebook: Offensive Weapons Hurting
Friday, October 6, 2006
By Rob Demovsky
Three key members of the Green Bay Packers' offense were limited in practice on Thursday for the second straight day.
One day after doing only individual drills, quarterback Brett Favre and his top receiver, Donald Driver, did some team (11-on-11) activities, according to the coaching staff.
However, neither was full-go. Favre, still bothered by a sore neck and shoulder, split time with backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who received more snaps than he usually would during a typical Thursday practice for a Sunday game. Driver, who sustained rib and hip injuries in Monday night's loss at Philadelphia, wore a red jersey like the quarterbacks wear, signifying that he was not allowed to have any contact.
Running back Ahman Green, who did not play against the Eagles due to a hamstring injury, missed almost the entire practice. The only thing he took part in was stretching and a few pre-practice individual drills.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski said after the practice Favre would play Sunday against the Rams and that he expected Driver to be ready, also. Jagodzinski said limiting Favre had as much to do with playing on Monday night as it did with his injury.
"We just wanted to give him a little extra time," Jagodzinski said.
Even if Green can play, there's a good chance the Packers will give backup running back Vernand Morency some significant playing time. Morency, in his first extended playing time since the was acquired from the Houston Texans in the Samkon Gado trade last month, was effective against the Eagles. He carried 26 times for 99 yards and his 3.8-yard average per carry would have been even better had he not been stuffed for no gain on his final three carries from the Eagles' 1-yard line.
"He hit the holes hard," Jagodzinski said of Morency. "Now, he left some yards out there, but he didn't know he was starting until before pregame when Ahman (couldn't go)."
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