The Packers worked inside the Don Hutson Center on a chilly day today and practiced without pads. The first injury report of the week had Nick Barnett miss practice with swelling in his knee. Mike McCarthy said they just want to be "smart" with Nick. Ryan Pickett with a sore hamstring, tested for the trainers but did not participate. Brandon Underwood also sat it out with a hip injury. Johnny Jolly's sore knee and Charles Woodson's aching shoulder had them limited in practice. Jeremy Thompson, a week and a half removed from a stinger at practice in which he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, has already been ruled out of the Steelers game.
In the locker room after the workout, Brandon Chillar was understandably happy over his new contract extension. He said he's "very happy" to remain a Packer for the next four years. Jolly was understandably concerned about the new drug posession charges he's facing in his Houston hometown. A Harris County, Texas grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday on charges Jolly illegally possessed over 200 grams of codiene, found in several cups of cough syrup in his car in August of 2008. Jolly said he got a call from his lawyer Tuesday night about the case and he'll leave it in his hands. Jolly said he doesn't want the case to become a distraction for himself or his team as the football season draws to a close and the team in the midst of a playoff berth.