Rodgers sharp, refs booed in Packers scrimmage

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 03, 2012
Aaron Rodgers was sharp in limited work and the NFL's replacement officials weren't shy about making calls - even unpopular ones - in the Green Bay Packers' ''Family Night'' scrimmage on Friday. A crowd of 55,605 took in the sights at Lambeau Field, many of them getting their first look at the stadium's major ongoing construction project in the south end zone - including a massive new video board towering high over the field. The project won't be completed until 2013. With the NFL involved in a labor dispute with its officials, Friday night's scrimmage featured some of the league's replacement officials, who came to Green Bay to work at Packers practices earlier in the week. The replacement crew drew a rousing round of boos from the crowd for calling an excessive celebration penalty when several Packers players did a ''Lambeau Leap'' into the stands after running back James Starks scored on the No. 1 offense's first drive. Officials didn't dare throw another flag after Rodgers threw a 33-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings later in the scrimmage, triggering another team-wide leap into the stands. That certainly didn't mean the officials stayed quiet, as the scrimmage was marred by penalties on both sides of the ball, including several false starts. Backup quarterbacks Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman split duties against the Packers' No. 1 defense on the second drive of the night, but couldn't find the end zone - although Coleman, a seventh-round rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, completed a nice throw on his first attempt of the night. Charles Woodson, who has sat out the event in the past, was not in uniform for the Packers so fans didn't get a glimpse of the veteran's potentially expanded role as a safety. Punter Tim Masthay, who just signed a four-year contract extension with the team, put on an impressive display when the scrimmage was halted for punting practice.
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