WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Packers to practice in full pads for first time today
The Green Bay Packers will hold its first practice in full-pads today. Head coach Mike McCarthy says there will be more urgency today than the first two days. McCarthy made some changes on the offensive line, moving right tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blind side. The move is no surprise, after Rodgers was sacked a league-worst 51 times last season. Meanwhile, T-J Lang and Marshall Newhouse are adjusting to right tackle, with Don Barclay taking reps at right tackle and center. McCarthy is pleased with what he’s seen from Barclay, saying he has earned the opportunity to compete for a starting position.
Injuries to the Green Bay Packers wide receivers are beginning to pile-up. Undrafted rookie Sederrick Cunningham suffered a serious wrist injury on Friday. The injury required surgery, so he is out indefinitely. Seventh-round pick Charles Johnson was injured yesterday, after catching his foot on the turf. The Packers say tests shows a strain to his thigh, but may return for Sunday’s practice. With Kevin Dorsey also injured, that opened the door for undrafted rookie Tyrone Walker. Coaches have been impressed with Walker during rookie orientations as a tryout, earning him a spot on the roster.
A rough season for the Milwaukee Brewers hit another road bump - injuries. Shortstop Jean Segura was injured during yesterday’s 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Segura left in the sixth inning with tightness in his right forearm after being hit by a pitch. Segura says he is unsure if he will play today, but manager Ron Roenicke says he will be fine. Brewers are already down Ryan Braun, suspended for the rest of the season, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez – listed day-to-day with a sprained middle finger to his right hand.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed unrestricted free agent Gary Neal. The six-foot-four guard signed a two-year, six-point-five million dollar deal with the team. Neal was pivotal for the San Antonio last year, helping the Spurs reach the N-B-A finals, including a playoff-high 24 points against the Miami Heat in game three of the finals. Neal will be part of a new shooting guard tandem that includes O-J Mayo, signed by the Bucks earlier this month.