GREEN BAY, Wis. The first Packers minicamp session wasn't necessarily a good practice, but it's the best coach Mike McCarthy was able to have given the circumstances of the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement.
"I think that this transition into the new CBA environment that we're in, just riding up in the car with (packers PR staffer) Jason (Wahlers). And he said, 'Good practice.' " McCarthy said at his Tuesday press conference. "I said, 'Good CBA practice.' It's a transition. It is a learning phase."
The issue is McCarthy doesn't want the Packers to end up in a similar situation as the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, Seattle was found to have violated the NFL's rules about engaging in live contact during an offseason practice session. As a result, the Seahawks had to forfeit three practice sessions.
However, it's not completely clear to McCarthy what constitutes "live contact" and how that is different from allowable contact. With the players in helmets but no pads, there is ...