Packers’ Nick Perry happy everything’s in working order

Packers great LB Dave Robinson to enter Hall

It was only then that he realized how bad it was and that surgery last November was the best option. He did have his doubts then that the injury would heal well enough to resume the launch of his pro football career. The doubts have faded now. After just a few early days of training camp practices, Perry said it was nice to feel healthy; the knee and the wrist are good. He’s wearing a brace on the wrist just as a precaution, he said, “just to protect myself out there. You don’t want to have any mistakes out there. Anything can happen.” He said he won’t wear it all year; he doesn’t know how long into camp he’ll keep it on. He didn’t wear it in the off-season for critical things like weightlifting. “There’s probably still a little bit of healing still going on,” said Perry. “So far, so good. I have to be healthy, I have to be available to the team.

Packers announce roster moves

But heres what weve learned about the defense so far: AP Photo/Morry Gash Datone Jones is expected to give the Packers’ pass rush a boost this season. Jones looks the part: When the pads went on for the first time Sunday morning, first-round draft pick Datone Jones game went to another level. The defensive end from UCLA eventually will be a three-down player, but for now, at the very least, he looks like the most likely candidate to pair with B.J. Raji as the two linemen in defensive coordinator Dom Capers nickel and dime packages. Hes a guy who can rush the quarterback; I can rush the quarterback, Jones said of Raji. So I feel like we can get after it a little bit. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Jones, who was the 26th overall pick, showed his speed and quickness in the first one-on-one pass-rushing drill of camp. Jollys first step back: Theres no template for a return to the NFL after missing three full seasons because of a suspension, jail time and drug addiction. And after three practices, including just one in pads, it would be foolish to make any definitive evaluation of Johnny Jolly , the once-troubled defensive end who is attempting a heretofore unimaginable comeback. But Jolly, who last played in the NFL in January 2010, has gotten himself back into shape after ballooning to nearly 400 pounds (hes listed at 325, and he would only say that both he and the coaches are happy with his weight). He was able to at least exert some force and move around blockers in the early practices. If he can do that — and a little more — perhaps theres a spot for him on a defense that could use help up the middle.

Packers sign Banjo, Hines; waive McMahon

(AP) – The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Chris Banjo and wide receiver Omarius (oh-MAR’-ee-us) Hines and waived safety Ryan McMahon. The team announced the moves Monday. Banjo, a 207-pound rookie out of Southern Methodist, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in April before being waived on July 25. As a senior at SMU in 2011, Banjo recorded 82 tackles (50 solo), two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Hines, a 215-pound rookie out of Florida, signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent in May before being waived on July 22. He appeared in 51 games with nine starts during his career at Florida and caught 64 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Hines also rushed for 323 yards and four TDs on 33 carries during his career. More NFL

All times indicated are Central. Thu., Aug. 01, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 4:00PM – 6:00PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception Packers Partners Club of Champions Annual Reception Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 7:00PM – 9:00PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center).

What we’ve learned: Packers’ defense

”That bust means an awful lot,” Robinson said. ”That bust will last forever.” Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who drafted Robinson out of Penn State in the first round in 1963, once called him ”as good as any defensive player.” Several of Robinson’s teammates who are in the hall, including Willie Davis, Herb Adderley and Ray Nitschke, claimed they would not have been so honored without Robinson on their side of the ball. Yet he had to wait nearly four decades to be voted in as a senior candidate. Rather than expressing any bitterness over the lengthy delay, Robinson has been as giddy about making the hall as if he had been unanimously chosen in his first year of eligibility. ”I’ve been involved with the board of directors since 1980,” he said, ”so I’ve been around the Hall of Fame a lot. I’ve never been on this side before. … It’s a big thrill. ”For every single man in the Hall of Fame, this is the last thing you’ll ever be elected to. People forget All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls, but they never forget the Hall of Fame.” Robinson never will forget the Packers’ string of three NFL titles, including winning the first two Super Bowls. He points to his 87-yard interception return at Baltimore as a highlight in 1965, when Green Bay beat Cleveland for the league crown.

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