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5hRob Demovsky

Packers RB Williams will retaliate for dirty plays

Packers RB Jamaal Williams says he was injured when a defender twisted his ankle. Next time, Williams says, he'll retaliate by kicking anyone who tries that. The leading candidate to start at running back, his status for Thursday's game is in question.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Jamaal Williams said his ankle injury was solely the result of Steelers LB Vince Williams grabbing and twisting his ankle at the end of a run in Thursday night's game. Williams was not happy about it and has a plan for if it happens again. “If they're twisting ankles, I'm for sure kicking,” Williams said. “I'm kicking from now on. If the ref asks why I'm kicking, I'll be like, ‘Hey, he's twisting ankles.' I'm just going to do what I've got to do to survive honestly. I'm not trying to get hurt and not be able to play anymore because somebody wants to be aggressive and do dirty things like that. So why I can I not protect myself from those type of injuries?"

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Some key players returned and did team (11-on-11) drills: DT Mike Daniels (quad), CB Kevin King (shoulder), RB Aaron Jones (hamstring), S Jermaine Whitehead (back) and G Lane Taylor (quad).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Davon House (hamstring) went through early drills but that was it. Others who didn't practice were; WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder), RB Jamaal Williams (ankle), RB Devante Mays (hamstring) and G Justin McCray (calf).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers rookie GM Brian Gutekunst grew up around football as the son of a coach. His dad, John, the former University of Minnesota coach is watching practicing with him today.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie WR J'Mon Moore is having a tough summer. Has battled drops in practice and preseason games, and he just slipped coming out of his break and DeShone Kizer's pass went right to CB Donatello Brown for an easy pick that was not the QB's fault. Packers are going to have a tough decision on what to do with the fourth-round pick.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers is back to running the scout team offense, which could mean his preseason game work is over after the one series last week against the Steelers. Rodgers did scout team in preseason Week 1 and did not play.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Left guard Lane Taylor (65) is back from a thigh injury but right guard Justin McCray (calf) isn't practicing. Said coach Mike McCarthy before practice: "We're not going to achieve the goal of having them all at practice together at once. With that, the focus of playing in different combinations is really what we're going to take advantage of with this."

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Jason Wilde, Packers Reporter

Packers reporter Jason Wilde joins Bryan Dee & Sophia Minnaert to discuss Aaron Rodgers' comments about his ongoing contract negotiations in an interview with Wilde & Tausch.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Running backs Jamaal Williams (ankle) and Devante Mays (hamstring) are still banged up. Mike McCarthy said Williams will be limited this week, but Mays is not ready to go. Aaron Jones (hamstring) appears to have gotten past the worst of his injury, and McCarthy hopes he can play a little this week.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy said he surprised by RB Akeem Judd's decision to retire just a couple of weeks after he signed with the Packers. "Professionally I thought he took a huge step, but this is a personal decision and I respect this," McCarthy said. Judd was going to get more opportunities this week but now McCarthy plans to play LeShun Daniels and Bronson HIll ready to play at Oakland this week. Both were signed over the weekend.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers' practice today was closed — Mike McCarthy said they were working on Bears' stuff for Week 1 — but it sounds like Nick Perry was out there for some work on the day he came off PUP. "It was good to just hear my name called and put on the pads and get out there and get ready to work," Perry said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have activated OLB Nick Perry (ankle) off the physically unable to perform list. He'll get the final two weeks of preseason practice plus the week leading up to the opener to get acclimated.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have signed a second running back this weekend.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Eagles are the best team in the NFL, per ESPN's Football Power Index. Changes to the vig on Philadelphia's season win total earlier this offseason bumped the defending champs over New England. However, the Patriots (17%) and Steelers (13%) remain more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Eagles (13%) because there are fewer contenders in the AFC. Note: these numbers were run before AJ McCarron's injury, which will affect the Bills' rating.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have a new running back on the roster. Details here:

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers use the "man hands" drill to strengthen their receivers' hands.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Test showed Justin McCray sustained only a calf contusion, a source said. That's good news for the odds-on favorite to be the Packers opening day starting right guard.

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3dRob Demovsky

Source: Packers' Kumerow avoids serious injury

Jake Kumerow, who has had a strong preseason thus far for the Green Bay Packers, avoided a serious shoulder injury in Thursday's game, a source tells ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

How can you tell if Reggie Gilbert's 2.5 sacks last night could translate to the regular season or it was just a preseason fluke? "He was playing against their No. 1 group, and I thought he did some good things against the Steelers," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

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