Packers linemen get together for workouts

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers had their first player-run offseason workout and it was an affair for the offensive line.

Center Scott Wells helped organize the affair for seven players in Franklin, Tenn., according to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. It’s a testament to their close-knit nature as veteran leaders on the team.

Left tackle Chad Clifton, right guard Josh Sitton and veterans Mark Tauscher and T.J. Lang were also in attendance.

“A couple of guys had called me and I think were stressed out over the offseason uncertainty and not seeing each other,” Wells told Marvez. “They expressed that they wanted to get together, do some football drills and talk shop.

“It’s been tough. You’re used to seeing the same guys every day. Now, you don’t see them and don’t know when you’re going to see them again.”

The Packers will get together as a group in two weeks on June 16 when they have a championship ring ceremony in Green Bay. The team received special permission from the NFL in the event the lockout is still in place. It will be a place for some big memories and a chance to start thinking about the future even if they can’t forge any plans with coaches or other team executies.

“We know when we do come back that if things are not right immediately we can get it right,” Wells said. “We’ve got a lot of depth. I know the guys and character of this team. I know they’re all working hard. I just look forward to getting everyone back together as soon as possible. Hopefully, the lockout ends sooner than later.”

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