Packers Notes: Nelson, Adams miss practice

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) runs after receiving a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

GREEN BAY — Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and rookie Davante Adams each missed practice Monday with injuries, but don’t push the panic button as neither appears serious.

“I think it’s day to day,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Nelson didn’t play during Saturday’s preseason game at Tennessee but suffered a hamstring injury last week in practice, while Adams injured his wrist during the game. If McCarthy is right and the injuries are not serious this likely is not too much to be concerned about, at least for Nelson, who caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards and eight TDs last season.

However, with Adams being a rookie any time missed in camp is important. When drafted in the second round from Fresno State, he was expected to be the team’s No. 4 receiver.

With Adams sidelined, the likes of seventh-round pick Jeff Janis, Myles White, Chris Harper, Alex Gillett and Kevin Dorsey could get extra snaps which should be beneficial for each.

That would give McCarthy extra looks at a position he likes.

“That group has the most depth we've ever had in training camp,” he said.

In addition to the receivers, running back Rajion Bell and linebacker Joe Thomas each injured knees at Tennessee. McCarthy said Bell’s injury is not long-term.

“I thought he ran strong,” McCarthy said. “You like the finish on the touchdown run.”

Bell finished the game with 39 yards on 5 carries.

Burnett returns
Safety Morgan Burnett returned to practice Monday after missing some time last week with an oblique injury.

McCarthy likes wet conditions
Saturday’s game against the Titans was played in a downpour, but McCarthy said it was a good test to play in the elements.

“It’s one of the best preseason games I’ve ever been a part of because it was a training atmosphere you can’t create,” McCarthy said. “It hits every phase of your operation.

“The headsets went down. We made calls on the field. It was a great opportunity. It’s nice when it rains like that and it’s still warm. That game on Saturday night is something we can build off.”

Sherrod and Tretter look good
JC Tretter is trying to lock down the starting center position and Derek Sherrod is trying to lock down a backup tackle spot and both linemen made strides in Saturday’s game, McCarthy said.

“I liked them both,” McCarthy said. “I thought Derek and JC each played well.”

Packers have spirited practice
The Packers’ return to the practice field Monday might signal the players are getting tired of each other and would rather hit an opponent as there were some skirmishes.

“You’re at that point in camp that the irritation level is higher,” McCarthy said. “There was a lot of hitting today. We did an extended half-line drill.”

"Guys are realizing they are fighting for roster spots,” tight end Ryan Taylor said. “That's going to happen."

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