GREEN BAY, Wis. — If what Jordy Nelson did on Monday was “hardly even a practice,” then Tuesday’s work at least more closely resembled actual football.
“We haven’t had Jordy in a team period yet,” Rodgers said, “So we’re just going to keep expectations at a reasonable level.”
There’s no telling if Nelson will be limited early in the season, but he said Monday that he expects he’ll get plenty of work in between now and the regular-season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11.
“The important step is the games when it really matters,” Nelson said Monday after his first practice. “I’ve been in meetings, walk-throughs and everything. So the knowledge of the game and our offense and what we’re doing is fine. We’ll work through everything else.”
“Definitely there’s a fine line in the NFL where a guy beats a guy or he beats that guy, but then when it goes beyond after the play, dirty kind of plays at practice, I think that’s where it crosses the line,” Bennett said.
“For me, I don’t really treat the game like a game. I treat it as a job, and it’s for feeding my family. So if I feel like a guy’s doing something to injure, I feel like he’s taking food out of my daughter’s mouth or my wife’s, so I take that to heart. So that drives me insane, especially if we’re on the same team. But if we’re on the same team, I feel like we should respect each other as much where we’re not trying to hurt each other. I think everybody’s a valuable part of the team. Everybody should be treated valuably on the team at the end of the day.”
Bennett and Sowell mixed it up during a one-on-one drill Sunday. After initially being separated, Bennett charged Sowell a second time.
Coach Pete Carroll sidelined both players for the remainder of practice.
“Just two people competing,” Sowell said. “Those are two personalities that when they go against each other, it can be very vicious. We both like to win. It’s honestly an honor to get to go against someone like Michael Bennett that’s going to make you so much better. But it just got a little heated.