More than 67,000 people packed Lambeau Field in Green Bay Saturday night for the Green Bay Packers annual Family Night, which this season was not a scrimmage but rather just a practice.
It’s almost hard to imagine—more than 67,000 people to watch a practice.
The Packers open their preseason schedule a week from Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., against the Tennessee Titans. Then it will be on to St. Louis on Aug. 16 for a matchup with the Rams before closing the preseason schedule with a pair of home games, Aug. 22 against the Oakland Raiders and Aug. 28 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Pack opens the regular season on Sept. 4 on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks before returning home on Sept. 14 for the New York Jets.
Abbrederis done for the year, Janis close to returning
The news was mixed Saturday for a pair of rookie wide receivers. Fifth-round pick Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin was confirmed Saturday as being out for the season after tearing his ACL in practice on Thursday.
The rookie from Wisconsin had turned some heads early in camp and was one of the contenders for a job on special teams, returning kicks and punts.
The outlook is brighter for seventh-round pick Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State, who is hoping to be activated from the non-football illness list in time to practice Monday, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Janis has been out with shingles, sort of an adult version of the latent chicken pox virus most people contract as children. Shingles causes a painful rash.
Center Corey Linsley missed practice Friday and was also out for Family Night with a shoulder injury.
Hyde’s gain might be Harris’ opportunity
With Micah Hyde emerging as a frontrunner for one of the starting safety spots, his job on special teams as the kick returner may fall to running back DuJuan Harris, back after missing 2013 with a patellar tendon injury.
Harris has some experience running back kickoffs, handling 14 for a 22-yard per return average as a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. Harris did not return any kicks, however, in his first year with the Packers in 2012, and did not have extensive experience with the role while playing collegiately at Troy, where he had 14 kickoff returns in four years.
He has never returned a punt in his career.
An undrafted free agent, Harris played in four games for the Pack in 2012 and had 157 yards rushing on 34 carries with two touchdowns.