A.J. Hawk says Packers will be ready following long layoff

The Green Bay Packers are one of the teams that have not done much when it comes to player workouts during the lockout.

Of course, they played a month longer than everyone else, but they had 16 players on injured reserve that needed to mend. It now looks like the NFL could be in business next month, meaning training camps will open on time or close to on time.

Any work not done on the field by the Packers during the extended layoff isn’t going to affect them says linebacker A.J. Hawk.

We haven’t had any full team workouts,” Hawk said in a conference call, according to the Dayton Daily News. “We’ve had small groups of guys here and there working out together,” Hawk said. “The great thing about Green Bay is we’re not banking on having any rookies coming in and play. We’re not putting in any new schemes. For us the main thing is making sure everyone is coming into camp in shape and on time. We have a lot of guys who are accountable and take care of their bodies this whole summer.”

Hawk is pretty much all of the way back from surgery on his right wrist in February, saying he had the “last piece of hardware” removed two weeks ago. He says he’ll be ready for camp on time.

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