Levens returns to training room
Friday, November 3, 2000
Green Bay News Chronicle


By Doug Ritchay
News-Chronicle

If it seems this has been going on all season, it has: The weekly Dorsey Levens update.

The Green Bay Packers' starting running back has been listed as questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota after bruising his left kneecap in Sunday's loss at Miami. The Packers aren't sure whether Levens will play, so backup Ahman Green assumes the starting spot in practice this week with second-year player De'Mond Parker backing him up.

The good news is Green is healthy, and he has been as valuable as any offensive player this season, leading the Packers with 406 rushing yards.

"We feel real good about Ahman," offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said. "The thing about it is we have to rest him a little bit. We have to get De'Mond Parker going a little bit, try to get a second guy to spell him."

Meanwhile, Levens didn't practice Wednesday, and he will be living in the training room this week in an attempt to get his knee healthy enough to play. Because Levens has experienced injuries to both knees and a sprained ankle this year, you wonder if giving Levens some time off would benefit him.

"If there's any way possible, he'll work it and try to be back," Rossley said. "At this point, we just don't know. There's eight weeks left, and each is critical. He's a big part of this."

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