GREEN BAY - If anybody is expecting Vince Young to look like he's in mid-preseason form just two days into his Green Bay Packers career, then you would be disappointed.
Young practiced for the second day with the Packers on Wednesday and the veteran QB still has a long ways to go. Not only hasn't ever thrown to the Packers' receivers and running backs before, the offense is something he has to learn.
This doesn't happen in a blink of an eye.
"One of the reasons why we signed him is he knows how to play quarterback," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's played in games … he has experience. The hardest part is what he's going through right now, the verbage.
"A lot of this stuff is new to him."
Young's addition to the Packers seems to have jumpstarted backup QB Graham Harrell, who's likely battling Young for the No. 2 spot behind starter Aaron Rodgers.
"I think Graham Harrell's had a steady camp," McCarthy said. "Graham clearly has taken a bigger step forward than compared to last year."
Bulaga out for season
As expected, Packers LT Bryan Bulaga will need surgery to repair a torn ACL in his knee, which was suffered in Saturday's Family Night scrimmage.
The Packers held out hope Bulaga would be able to skip surgery based on the fact he played on the knee after injuring it, but McCarthy confirmed Wednesday Bulaga is done for the season before the preseason even starts.
"It's definitely the right decision," McCarthy said. "If you look at the history of the way we've treated players, we've never advised a player to take the harder road. At the end of the day, it is the player's decision."
McCarthy said Bulaga doesn't look like a player with a major injury.
"You see him walking down the hall, he doesn't look like a man that's getting ready to have knee surgery," McCarthy said. "I think there was just some hope that it wasn't as bad as the initial opinion, and you never ultimately know until you go in there, but all indications look that he needs to have the surgery."
Lacy sidelined; Green returns
Second-round pick, RB Eddie Lacy, missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. McCarthy didn't seem alarmed by his injury.
"I haven't been given any information to be concerned long-term," McCarthy said.
There was no word on whether Lacy will play in Friday's preseason opener against Arizona.
Meanwhile, a day after sitting out a practice, RB Alex Green returned to practice.
"I thought he looked good," McCarthy said. "He missed practice (Tuesday) because of swelling. It was good to have him out there."
Green, who led the Packers in rushing last season, finds himself in a battle for a roster spot this season, especially with the additions of Lacy and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin.
"Our running back competition, top to bottom, has never been this good," McCarthy said.
Packers in a fighting mood
It appears players are getting tired of practice after practice, because Wednesday there were multiple skirmishes, including TE Jermichael Finley, who threw a punch at LB Jarvis Reed's head while Reed had a helmet on.
"If you look at this week historically, it's time to play somebody else," McCarthy said. "This has been going on for two weeks. We're ready to play a game."
Why not scrimmage another team?
The Patriots and Eagles scrimmaged this week before their preseason game on Friday, so McCarthy was asked Wednesday if the Packers have ever considered scrimmaging another team?
"Frankly, it doesn't work for us," McCarthy said. "The Green Bay Packers will never leave Green Bay. Our training camp is here, it's for our fans and the atmosphere created here. I tried two years in a row but it just didn't work."
- Neal passes physical: DL Mike Neal passed his physical, so he practiced for the first time Wednesday.
- McCarthy on WR Randall Cobb's injured biceps (Cobb didn't practice Wednesday): "Being cautious."
- McCarthy on young WRs: "I'm happy with our young receiver group. That whole group, just a good group of players."
- Missed practice (14): WR Kevin Dorsey, WR Charles Johnson, RB DuJuan Harris, RB Eddie Lacy, S Sean Richardson, S Casey Hayward, CB Tramon Williams, T JC Tretter, T Bryan Bulaga, T Derek Sherrod, TE Andrew Quarless, TE Ryan Taylor, WR Jordy Nelson, DT Jerel Worthy.
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