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Packers 2014 OTAs, Early Practice Update: B.J. Raji and Colt Lyerla Return

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A rookie and a veteran who missed last week's practices are back with no apparent issues today.

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As the Green Bay Packers open practice up to the public today for the first day of week three of Organized Team Activities, a few players who were absent last week are on the top of Packers' fans minds.

Rookie tight end Colt Lyerla was not present at the team's workouts a week ago, and even though Mike McCarthy said that he was not concerned, fans started to speculate. There's no doubt that Lyerla's checkered past factored into that. However, all is apparently well with Lyerla, as he's in Green Bay practicing as of the time this article gets published:

Another player who was absent last week was nose tackle B.J. Raji, but he has returned as well:

Wes also noted that Jerel Worthy, who missed the first two weeks dealing with his grandmother's untimely death, was back at practice though he was not working through drills.

As for players who have not been practicing much, our Aron Yohannes has a quick update on the usual suspects:

In today's Cheese Curds, we linked to an article saying that Matthews was not expected to practice this week, and it appears to be correct. He should still be on track to work fully when training camp begins on July 26th, however. As for tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Nick Perry, we don't know the specifics but hopefully they are being held out of practice only as a precaution.

Keep it here at APC for more updates from today's practice.