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Cheese Curds, 6/4: Packers get back to work after scary moment in charity softball game

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OTA practices resume today in Green Bay, but the Packers will be without one key player for a little while.

NFL: Green & Gold Charity Softball Game USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

It was a scary scene at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton on Saturday. The Green Bay Packers’ annual softball game, this year co-hosted by Clay Matthews and Davante Adams, was supposed to be a fun event for Green Bay Packers fans to raise money for charity. However, it turned ugly when Matthews took a Lucas Patrick line drive off the face and was sent to the hospital.

For most of the Packers’ roster, however, it’s back to work today as the team resumes OTA practices this morning with a public practice. It’s expected to be a nice day for it as well, with temperatures in the low 70s and any rain expected to wait until after practice wraps up.

This week is the final series of OTA practices for the team, who will conclude spring practices with mandatory minicamp next week before breaking for the summer.

LB Clay Matthews provides update on his condition | Packers.com
Matthews confirmed that he is going to have surgery on his nose when the swelling dies down, but thankfully he should be okay. In the meantime, his teammate Robert Tonyan hit a walk-off home run later on in the afternoon to lead team Clay to a 10-9 victory.

Mike Daniels impressed by Packers rookie CBs early on | Packers Wire
Both Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers this week, a good sign for both young players. The QB said he was going to test them early and often and so far they seem to be rising to the challenge, which makes the Packers' most vocal leader on defense a happy man.

Packers looking at familiar answer to starting right guard question | Packersnews.com
That “answer” is Justin McCray, as most Packers fans expected. After doing it all in Green Bay last year — starting out as a backup guard/center and playing tackle for the first time in years — McCray is focused on a single position this spring. There is a newcomer in town who might push him for that job, though...

Why Byron Bell is Not a Solution for the Packers — The Power Sweep
Bell very well may be in the mix, but count at least one Packers blog as being pessimistic about Bell's chances at making an impact in Green Bay this season. This look at Bell's film from 2017 isn't great, but it's also worth remembering that he was a backup and was still not 100% after missing all of 2016 with an ankle injury.

Browns signing Mychal Kendricks to one-year deal - NFL.com
It should come as no surprise that the Browns, with Eliot Wolf being a major part of the front office, signed Kendricks. Wolf reportedly spearheaded the trade talks between the Packers and Eagles last summer, when the team was rumored to be trying to trade Damarious Randall for Kendricks straight-up. Now, both are in Cleveland.

Of more immediate interest for Packers is the fact that Kendricks met with the Vikings last week. Personally, I’m happy that he did not end up signing on to play in purple, as I think that Kendricks can be a really good player in the right role and I think Mike Zimmer would have been able to get a lot out of him.