Packers Training Camp Practice Notebook 8/21: Crosby loses ground in the kicking battle

Mason Crosby (2) reacts to kick return during a 2011 game - Kevin C. Cox

Mason Crosby finished 1-for-4 during a live kicking session during Wednesday's practice, while Giorgio Tavecchio made his only attempt. The kicking competition is officially back on.

As the Packers prepare for their nationally televised showdown with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, they took part in a fast-paced and physical practice on Wednesday.

Here are some news and notes from Wednesday's practice:

  • Randall Cobb was back at practice on Wednesday (WH).
  • Aaron Rodgers (illness), Loyce Means (ankle) , and rookie wideout Charles Johnson (knee) all returned to practice on Wednesday (PD).
  • Outside Linebacker Andy Mulumba was not in pads on Wednesday (WH).
  • Also out of Wednesday's practice were: Nixon, Richardson, Tramon Williams, Tretter, Bulaga, Sherrod, Mulligan, Nelson, and Worthy (PD).
  • B.J. Coleman tried to make some plays during a two-minute drill. He started the drill with a long completion to Alex Gillett, but wasn't so lucky on his last attempt.
  • Graham Harrell finishes the same drill with a Hail Mary touchdown to D.J. Williams (TS).
  • A promising sign of things to come?
  • DuJuan Harris is still starting at running back, with Eddie Lacy rotating in after (TD).
  • Ross, Franklin, Hines and Alex Green all took kickoff return reps, with Green taking reps before Hines. (WH).
  • Marshall Newhouse continues to get second-team reps at Right Tackle, while Datko received the second-team reps at Left Tackle (TD).
  • Hyde and Shields were still working as the starting cornerbacks in team drills (WH).
  • Uh Oh....
  • Jeremy Ross and Micah Hyde continue to battle for punt return duty. Ross went first during the return drills, with Hyde, Franklin, and Hines following after (TS).
  • Crosby missed three straight kicks from 42, 42, and 43 before finally making an attempt from 44 yards out. Tavecchio made his only attempt from 42 (TS). Obviously this is very discouraging, and could make things more interesting moving forward.
  • Ross continues to struggle with drops
  • Brandon Bostick made the play of the day with a one-handed touchdown grab while falling down in the endzone between House and Powell (TS).
  • Practice ended with Casey Hayward picking off a Vince Young pass in the endzone (RB). Young was working on scout team and running Seattle prep plays.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the Mike McCarthy press conference. Hopefully we will get some insight on the Datone Jones injury, Crosby's struggles, and whether or not key players will play on Friday or not.

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Josh VanDyke covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He is also currently a sports writer for MLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @JVanDyke24

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