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Cheese Curds, 8/7: Injuries are starting to affect Packers’ secondary

The Packers had three potential starting DBs fail to practice or drop out of practice on Monday.

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The Green Bay Packers practiced on Monday without a few key players as the team returned from an off day following Saturday’s Family Night, and questions about the depth of the secondary in particular are beginning to bubble up. Two potential starting defensive backs missed Monday’s practice entirely, with another only participating briefly before leaving the field.

At cornerback, each of the top draft picks from the last two years sat out. Kevin King missed practice with a shoulder injury — thankfully it was an issue with a different shoulder than the one he had surgery on several months ago — while rookie Jaire Alexander skipped on-field work due to a groin issue.

Joining them on the shelf was Kentrell Brice, who actually returned to practice early on, to much rejoicing, but who was forced to leave after just a few reps. Brice was listed as the starter on the Packers’ first unofficial depth chart yesterday, but in all likelihood will split snaps with Josh Jones. Still, that makes three DBs with potential starting roles who were unable to practice or at least make it through a full practice on Monday.

In today’s curds, however, we find that one of those players in particular is not concerned about sitting out on Monday, which is hopefully an indication that he will be ready to go for the preseason opener on Thursday against the Titans.

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