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Packer Notes: Underwood Back At Practice, Josh Gordy Is Signed, Crosby Is The Best

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With the Green Bay Packers back at practice Wednesday, Greg Bedard reported that CB Brandon Underwood was back at practice while still favoring his injured shoulder. With CB Sam Shields assuming the nickel corner role, and playing good until he was spun around badly in coverage on the 4th quarter TD pass to WR Jeremy Maclin, I'm not sure if Underwood will be handed his job back or if he has to earn it. The decision might be delayed at least another week if his shoulder is still bothering him.

I'm surprised that they released LB Robert Francois from the practice squad, and signed CB Josh Gordy. Francois had a good preseason, but was limited by the fact that he might be unable to play any position other than inside LB. The Packers had interest in Gordy back in March after Central Michigan's pro day. He signed with the Jaguars after he went undrafted back in April. Over at Big Cat Country, they have a detailed profile (with video!) about him. He appears to be an average sized NFL cornerback with below average speed. I'm not really sure he's a player who can make a difference, and it would take another injury in the secondary for him to be signed to the 53-man roster.

Congratulations to K Mason Crosby who was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He converted on a 49 yard FG try, and set the franchise record with a 56 yard bomb at the end of the first half. He'll have his ups-and-downs, but he was dead accurate this week.

It's from a couple days ago, but Football Outsiders has the Packers ranked No. 6 overall after week 1.