In a career littered with bad breaks, Tory Humphrey
received another one on Thursday morning: a broken forearm that very well could end the tight end’s season.
“It’s awful. No one works harder,” coach Mike McCarthy said after Thursday night’s practice. “He’s had a couple tough injuries. We’ll know after the surgery tomorrow and then we’ll go through the options.”
Humphrey, who missed half of 2006 with an injured hamstring and all of 2007 with a broken leg sustained on the first practice of training camp, bounced back last season with the first 11 catches of his career. He boasted an impressive 14.7-yard average. His three receptions of at least 20 yards were more than starter Donald Lee.
He was injured late during the morning practice, when Aaron Rouse collided with him while intercepting a pass. He’ll have surgery on Friday morning, and the Packers will decide whether to put Humphrey on season-ending injured reserve afterward.
McCarthy gave his players the day off on Wednesday, but the rest didn’t have the desired effect. The two players battling at right outside linebacker, Clay Matthews III and Jeremy Thompson, dropped out. Matthews “tweaked” his hamstring — McCarthy believes it was the same one that the first-round pick injured during the first week of organized team activities — while Thompson injured his groin. With Brady Poppinga shaken up at one point, the starting outside linebackers were Aaron Kampman and Cyril Obiozor.
Also, Ruvell Martin exited with a groin injury while landing awkwardly on a deep pass.
“This is kind of normal at this point,” McCarthy said. “You hope the day off helps you and then you come back after that and we had a number of injuries from two practices today. Just got to work through it.”
Out were cornerback Pat Lee (back), safety Anthony Smith (groin), running back Brandon Jackson (shoulder), linebackers Nick Barnett (knee) and Brad Jones (back), receiver Patrick Williams (hamstring) and defensive ends B.J. Raji (holdout) and Johnny Jolly (ankle). Also out was defensive end Justin Harrell, who has been carrying an extra load with Jolly and Raji out and Cullen Jenkins being held out of a couple of practices.
“His reps were getting high so we gave him tonight off. Just being smart with him,” McCarthy said.
On Thursday morning, the punters practiced kicking from the back of their end zone. On Thursday night, they practiced inside-the-10 punts by running on the field after the offense ran a play.
Jeremy Kapinos got the first two cracks, with both landing a yard into the end zone. Durant Brooks got one shot, with it landing at the 9-yard line and being downed at the 7 by snapper Brett Goode.
In between Kapinos’ attempts, Jarius Wynn was late getting on the field, and McCarthy erupted and demanded the drill be restarted.
Later, Mason Crosby made 8-of-9 field goals, missing from 48 to the right (and maybe short) while connecting from 53 with plenty to spare. Interestingly, Brooks replaced Martin was the No. 2 holder. Crosby went 4-for-4 with Brooks holding.
Extra draft pick
The Packers got back the seventh-round pick they were due to give the Jets for the Brett Favre trade. If you want to know why, check out this account from the New York Daily News.
— Spencer Havner, who went back to defense for the morning, was back with the offense at night. Havner looks surprisingly good at the position, though he was stripped by Brandon Chillar. With Humphrey out and Evan Moore battling a broken finger, Havner figures to get a long look at tight end.
— The No. 1 offensive line had Chad Clifton at left tackle, Daryn Colledge at left guard, Jason Spitz at center, Josh Sitton at right guard and Allen Barbre at right tackle. But Scott Wells got plenty of action as the starting center, with Spitz sometimes replacing Sitton.
— Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf and Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean were in attendance.
— There is one practice on Friday, at 2 p.m. The Family Night Scrimmage is at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. There are tickets remaining but not a lot.
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