Packers send 4 players, including Sammy Watkins, back to practice Friday

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The Green Bay Packers are slowly whittling down the team’s injured list to start training camp.

Four players returned to practice for the Packers on Friday, according to ESPN’s Rob Demosky: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, offensive tackle Rasheed Walker, outside linebacker Randy Ramsey and defensive lineman Akial Byers.

Watkins (hamstring) and Walker (foot) started camp on the non-football injury list, while Ramsey (ankle) started on the physically unable to perform list. Byers was dealing with a minor hamstring injury to start camp.

All four players missed the first two training sessions but are available for Friday.

Watkins is the obvious headliner. A 99-game NFL veteran, Watkins is expected to be an integral part of the Packers’ passing game while reviving his injury-plagued career in 2022. Missing two practices isn’t the end of the world for a ninth-year player, but he needs all the reps he can get with Aaron Rodgers before Week 1.

Walker is a seventh-round pick from Penn State who will have a chance to compete for a backup role as a rookie. He was absent throughout the off-season training program.

Ramsey missed all of last season with an ankle injury. He could be a special teams baseman and an important backup at Edge rusher if he’s finally healthy.

Byers is an undrafted free agent from Missouri. His best chance of staying in Green Bay as a rookie is probably on the practice squad.

The Packers are still without left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee, PUP), offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (knee, PUP), tight end Robert Tonyan (knee, PUP), receiver Christian Watson (knee, PUP), kicker Mason Crosby (knee, PUP), cornerback Keisean Nixon (groin, NFI), running back Kylin Hill (knee, PUP) and receiver Malik Taylor (shoulder).

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