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Packer Links: Chery Gets A Chance, and Injuries

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 - What did WR Jason Chery have to do to get an opportunity with the Green Bay Packers? He was signed as an injury replacement during the first week of training camp. His main talent is that he's really fast, like 4.29 in the 40 fast. He's barely received any playing time during the preseason, but then according to the Press-Gazette and the Journal-Sentinel, he convinced reluctant special teams coach Shawn Slocum to let him return a punt in the 4th quarter of the Colts game. He practically had to beg for it, and he used the opportunity to return a punt for a touchdown. Now Mike McCarthy says Chery will be given all the punt and kick return opportunities in the final preseason game. And Slocum had to be talked into giving arguably their best return man a chance in the first place? I'm not ready to start the Jason Chery fan club, but I would expect Slocum would do anything to try and improve the special teams unit, and he has to be nagged into giving one promising young player a chance.

 - There were some notable defensive players sitting out on Monday according to Greg Bedard. S Will Blackmon's knee still doesn't seem to be 100%. CB Brandon Underwood is still out with a bad shoulder. Don't expect CB Al Harris to make it into a single practice during training camp. Despite some optimism last week, LB Clay Matthews isn't practicing due to a bad hamstring. And LB Desmond Bishop hasn't tweeted about the results of his MRI. According the Journal-Sentinel, LB Brad Jones is back at practice but unlikely to play on Thursday against the Chiefs.

 - The news isn't so bad on the offensive side of the ball, again from Greg Bedard. RB Quinn Porter is hurting from a "serious" knee sprain he suffered against the Colts. RB James Starks remains out, as he's been out all training camp. And OL Allen Barbre is out with a back injury, but I'm not sure he's been missed.