GREEN BAY, Wis. — Concussions to both wide receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse kept the two Packers starters out of Sunday night’s practice, but coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t ruled them out from being able to play in Green Bay’s first preseason game on Thursday in San Diego.
Jennings and Newhouse both suffered their concussions during the Packers’ family night scrimmage on Friday.
“They’re going through the (concussion) protocol,” McCarthy said after practice. “Tuesday is probably the day that will matter most.”
This brings the total number of concussions in Green Bay’s training camp to three, with tight end Jermichael Finley being the first.
Sunday’s practice got a bit rough when linebacker Desmond Bishop drilled fullback Nic Cooper on a pass attempt near the goal line. When Bishop made contact, the ball popped out of Cooper’s hands for an incompletion. However, McCarthy was visibly upset and shouted at his players after the play.
“There’s a line there and we’re going to cross it,” McCarthy said. “That’s part of training camp. You go through it every year. You have to learn the difference between a drill and a competitive period and a scrimmage.
“That happens. It’s no different than fights. They happen. I’m not as concerned about when guys get into a fight. I’m more concerned about what happens once it started and how it’s cleaned up. I think that tells you a little bit more about your people and that they’re taking care of one another.”
In more positive injury-related news for the Packers, Bishop and fullback John Kuhn both participated in their first padded practice Sunday. Kuhn failed his initial training camp physical due to a knee injury and Bishop failed his after hurting his calf, but both were cleared Thursday.
Wide receiver Tori Gurley, running back Marc Tyler and safety Sean Richardson also returned to practice after being held out recently with injuries.
McCarthy gave eight of his veteran players the night off Sunday for what he calls “veteran select.” Designed to give more rest to players with at least seven years of NFL experience, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Donald Driver, A.J. Hawk, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Pickett, Jarrett Bush and Anthony Hargrove all were not at practice. Kuhn could have also not practiced but chose to given that it was his first opportunity to play with pads on.
McCarthy officially ruled out offensive tackle Derek Sherrod from this Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chargers.
“We’ll see how he is next week,” McCarthy said. “He’s making progress.”
Sherrod suffered a broken leg late last season that he is still recovering from.
Other Packers who missed Sunday’s practice due to injury were tight end D.J. Williams, linebackers Frank Zombo and Brad Jones, offensive linemen Ray Dominguez, Mike McCabe and Jaymes Brooks, fullback Jon Hoese and defensive lineman Johnny Jones.
Rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels was also held out due to knee and groin injuries.
“He’s getting close,” McCarthy said of Daniels. “If he doesn’t make it for Tuesday, he probably would not make it for Thursday night.”