Packers get key players back, others still remain out

The Green Bay Packers didn’t start their practice yesterday till the afternoon, but saw lots of names return to the practice field.

Damarious Randall and Malachi Dupre both returned to the field yesterday, after both suffered concussions on questionable hits in the first preseason game against the Eagles.

Ty Montgomery also was back at practice after suffering a lower body soft tissue injury. He was listed as a limited participant. Montgomery hopes to get some playing time this Saturday against the Denver Broncos.

The Packers also got Wide receiver Colby Pearson and Tight end Cody Peck back at practice.

Jayrone Elliott was the lone Packer to come down with an injury in yesterday’s practice. The Packers were depending on the fourth year player out of Toledo to have more of an impact at outside linebacker this season.

Players still being held out of practice were Davon House (hamstring), Jermaine Whitehead (hip), Demetri Goodson (knee), William Stanback (hamstring), Derrick Mathews (concussion), Jordan Tripp (Concussion), and Don Barclay (Ankle).

Dean Lowry, Vince Biegel, and Montravius Adams were also out of practice and are all likely to miss the rest of training camp and potentially the season opener.

Reports: Packers re-sign RB Christine Michael, host two other free agents

Christine Michael’s time with the Green Bay Packers will last longer than six games.

ESPN is reporting that the running back has re-signed with the team after visiting them on Wednesday.

Michael was claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks midway through the 2016 season, and went on to carry the ball 31 times for 1144 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Packers, including 45 yards in a win over the Chicago Bears.

Bringing Michael back gives Green Bay three running backs on their roster, as he joins converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery and undrafted free agent Don Jackson in the team’s backfield.

ESPN’s Field Yates also reported that tackle Byron Bell visited Green Bay on Wednesday, while ESPN’s Rob Demovsky tweeted that the team would be hosting defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.

Bell was on the Tennessee Titans injured reserve all of 2016 after sustaining an ankle injury. Prior to that, though, he had started 72 of 78 possible games between the Titans and Carolina Panthers.

Report: Davon House returning to Green Bay

Davon House is coming back to Green Bay.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the cornerback had agreed to a one-year contract, that the NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport tweeted is worth $3.5 million.

House was cut by Jacksonville just two years after signing a big money free agent deal. He started 20 games for the Jaguars, finishing with four interceptions and one forced fumble.

The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons in Green Bay after being a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Injuries limited him to just 11 games his first two years, but he played in 29 of 32 games in 2013 and 2014, starting nine of them.

House joins a Packers secondary that struggled last year, especially at cornerback, where injuries ravaged a young and inexperienced group. House is expected to have an opportunity to become a starter.

Ex-Packer Davon House released by Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have released cornerback Davon House in an effort to save roughly $12 million over the next two seasons.

House was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, where he played four seasons for the green and gold. He exceeded the  $2.34 million value of his rookie contract, but when it came time to renew, the Packers cut him loose, eventually signing a four-year, $24.5 million deal with the Jaguars.

After setting a franchise record of 23 pass breakups in his first season in Jacksonville, House lost his starting role the following season. He’s played in 73 games with 33 starts, racking up 150 tackles, 60 passes defensed, and six interceptions.

Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran predicted on Monday that Jacksonville would release House and he would return to Green Bay where he began his NFL career.