Defensive tackle becoming thinner by the minute for Packers

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Defensive tackle becoming thinner by the minute for Packers
The most unexpected injury of the first day of practice came from defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.

The good news is that head coach Mike McCarthy said he's only day-to-day. The bad news is that Pickett's injury leaves the Packers at an already thin position.

Pickett joins Justin Harrell on the sidelines, at least to open the camp. In addition, Johnny Jolly, Colin Cole and Daniel Muir are all recovering from offseason aches and pains, but all participated. Further complicating matters is that Jolly faces possible suspension from the league for being charged with felony drug possession of codeine in Texas.

With Pickett and Harrell sidelined, Cole and Jolly lined up with the first string defense at defensive tackle while Cullen Jenkins was back as the starting defensive end. As the Packers have done in the past, look for Jenkins to slide inside only on passing downs unless further injury complicates matters.

As for Pickett, he briefly began last training camp on the physically unable to perform list so his troubles are not exactly without precedent. History suggests he'll bounce back quickly, though.

Reserve defensive tackles like Muir, Conrad Bolston and Alfred Malone figure to get lots of snaps in situations like the Packers Family Night scrimmage and the early preseason games.

For what it's worth, Johnny Jolly appears to be the emergency long snapper during the regular season. Looks like he's not exactly adept at the skill, though.

"Four players served in the long-snapping role, including JJ. Jansen, Thomas Gafford, Ryan Considine and, believe it or not, Johnny Jolly," reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Both of Jolly’s snaps sailed over Ryan’s head."
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