The Packers put the finishing touches on their preparation for the St. Louis Rams Saturday night with a helmets only practice on Ray Nitschke Field. Much of the time was devoted to special teams and front line starters got only limited snaps in team drills. Aaron Rodgers for instance, took only a handful of reps.
The injury bug continues to hit the offensive line as starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith sat out practice. A toe injury even caught Mike McCarthy by surprise and his status for the Saturday night game in St. Louis will be evaluated Friday morning. Greg Van Roten stepped into the first team line at center. Don Barclay got most of the reps as the starting right tackle today.
At running back, DuJuan Harris got only limited reps in team drills and McCarthy indicated he would not play against the Rams. Eddie Lacy continues to test his hamstring pull that kept him out a couple of days this week and the coach said he's still hopeful he'll make his pre-season debut.
During the team periods, Jeremy Ross came up with a leaping grab over Brandon Smith for a touchdown. The ball was thrown by Vince Young who will probably get a few more snaps this week but won't work with the first team. Micah Hyde made his second impressive interception in as many days, snatching a high fastball as the underneath nickel corner in a red zone drill. Wednesday it was an acrobatic juggling pick while falling to the ground. McCarthy said he first became aware of Micah's ball skills during an early practice at the rookie orientation camp. Hyde caught just about everything and McCarthy said he even thought about giving Micah a role on offense it was that good.
Come back on Friday and I'll have a preview of the matchup against the Rams and a few things to look for as the Packers hope to take a big step forward from that forgettable 17-0 debut against Arizona.