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Packers Notes: Hawk, Harrell, and Seattle

August 20, 2010

The Packers play the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on local networks and nationally on the NFL Network.

The Packers will likely be shorthanded as they square off against the ‘Hawks for each team’s second preseason game. Meeting with reporters after yesterday’s practice, head coach Mike McCarthy revealed that middle linebacker A.J. Hawk sprained his ankle during the morning practice session. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but the Packers are unlikely to push Hawk into the lineup for a preseason game.

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculates the Packers may choose to rest cornerback Charles Woodson and wide receiver Donald Driver as well. Bedard bases his prediction on what he observed in Thursday’s practice.  Bedard wrote that because Woodson and Driver played with the scout team during practice it “almost always means they won’t play in the game.”

Another player the Packers will be without is defensive lineman Justin Harrell. Harrell gave Packers fans a scare earlier this week when he missed practice due to tightness in his back. McCarthy said Harrell would have been cleared for Thursday’s practice, so it would appear his back is okay. However, the fourth-year player out of Tennessee was excused from practice and for the Seahawks game for what McCarthy coined as “personal reasons.” Translated from coach-speak, it means Harrell and his wife had a baby this week and he will be at home this weekend spending time with his wife and new son.

As far as the actual game goes, McCarthy said the starters “will go about 20 plays.” McCarthy also said the holder for Mason Crosby’s field goals and extra points will be punter Chris Bryan. Bryan was the holder last evening when Crosby went 6-for-6 kicking field goals. At this point, it looks as if Bryan has the upper hand in the punter battle.

For a detailed look at statistics and thoughts from last week’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns check out Greg Bedard’s blog post over at the JSOnline. For everything and anything you could ever want to know about the upcoming game with the Seahawks, check out the Packers.com “Dope Sheet”.

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