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Packers Practice Notebook 8/19: Davante Adams shines, Clay Matthews limited

The Packers got a few injured players back at practice today, and their second-year wide receiver continues to show why a breakout year is expected of him.

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On Wednesday, the Packers suited up for their second practice of the week as the team continues to prepare for its second preseason game on Sunday. With a trip to Pittsburgh looming, the squad is eager to get more of their key defensive players back on the field, and today they got some good news on that front.

Here are some of our big notes of the day. Our thanks as always go out to the Packers' beat writers, as their various reports from practice were used to compile today's notebook.

  • Although Mike McCarthy said in his morning press conference that his star linebacker would not practice on Wednesday, Clay Matthews did in fact return to practice, as he was going through individual and positional drills. However, he did not take any snaps in the team portion of practice.
  • Likewise, Nick Perry was back and was held out of most of the team drills early. However, later on in practice he began taking several reps with the starters in 11-on-11 work.
  • Letroy Guion and Casey Hayward both returned from their injuries as well.
  • Unfortunately, Mike Daniels remained out, while safety Morgan Burnett was held out of practice for the first time this summer, but after practice it was learned that he was excused for a personal matter rather than being injured. Also continuing to sit out are David Bakhtiari, Justin Perillo, Demetri Goodson, Jared Abbrederis, and a few others.
  • Davante Adams appeared to be the star of today's practice. He made multiple highlight-reel catches, including a one-hander over LaDarius Gunter and big receptions against Quinten Rollins and Sean Richardson. His was the only name that seemed to come up multiple times in mentions by the beat writers this afternoon.
  • Another big play came from rookie Jake Ryan in pass defense: