Green, Levens returning to practice
Monday, August 27, 2001
Green Bay News-Chronicle

By Doug Ritchay
The running back situation will vastly improve when the Green Bay Packers return to practice today as starter Ahman Green and top backup Dorsey Levens will return after missing two preseason games last week with injuries.

Green suffered a pulled groin during practice more than a week ago, while Levens broke his left hand during the first preseason game at Cleveland on Aug. 11.

Their return will help ease the pain of losing running back Rondell Mealey for the week, after he bruised his left ankle in Saturday's preseason game against Miami. Packers' head coach/general manager Mike Sherman said Mealey should be available for the season opener, Sept. 9, against Detroit.

Levens was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, but Sherman said he has talked with the New York Giants, who went through a similar situation with running back Tiki Barber last season. Barber played through a broken hand and helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl.

"I don't think he'll be too good a receiver for us," Sherman said. "Dorsey can squeeze his hand without a problem, but we'll probably go with a splint ... that he could use in a game."

Sherman said Green will play Friday at Oakland, but didn't know if Levens would be ready. He did expect Levens to play.

Also, Sherman hoped right tackle Earl Dotson, who suffered back spasms Saturday night, would be able to practice this week.

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