Practicing together for the first time since being upset in the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers agreed on one thing: It was nice to be back on a football field.
''It's been a long time off, especially the way in which we ended the season,'' three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews said Tuesday of the 128 days since the team's 37-20 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants. ''But it's good to be back out here with the team, working toward a new season.''
Added quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFL's reigning MVP: ''It's good to be back with the guys. A lot of energy, a lot of new guys, new faces. It was fun. It's good to be back in the schedule. It's nice to be off, but there's something to be said about structure, and it's good to be back.''
In their first practice of the organized team activities phase of the offseason program - something that was wiped out by last year's lockout - the Packers welcomed some new faces while putting others - including Matthews - in...