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Packers shorten practice due to injuries

Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, left, and head coach Mike McCarthy watch their team’s NFL football intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Maybe 90 guys still isn’t enough.

A year after training-camp rosters grew by 10 spots from 80, some teams don’t have enough healthy bodies for their one-a-day practices.

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers cut their practice time to one hour and 45 minutes on Monday.

Nearly 10 percent of the roster has been scratched for Thursday night’s game at San Diego, the biggest name belonging to receiver Greg Jennings, who has a concussion.

Left tackle Marshall Newhouse also has a concussion, but he hasn’t been scratched, yet.

Two more Packers went down during the shortened practice: cornerback Sam Shields (elbow) and running back Brandon Saine (hamstring).

Though McCarthy can reduce practice time all he wants, he still needs to put 11 guys on the field for every snap during the four preseason games. The first one comes in only two days.