Nick Barnett to return to Lambeau Field as a visitor

Nick Barnett, Mike James, Phillip Merling

Linebacker Nick Barnett, top, wraps up Tampa Bay’s Mike James with the help of Phillip Merling during the preseason. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Reserve linebacker Nick Barnett will be facing his original NFL team when the Washington Redskins play Sunday in Green Bay.

Barnett spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers. He was with the Buffalo Bills for two seasons before signing with the Redskins in training camp.

“I played there eight years,” he said Wednesday. “So [there are] a lot of memories, a lot of different players I played with, coaches that I played for and games that I played in and quarterbacks that I played with. There’s been a lot of different situations. All my kids were born there. I still have a home there. I still go there in the offseason. It’s still kind of home, as far as home away from home.”

Barnett said he knows “the vicinity of” the visitor’s locker room at Lambeau Field, acknowledging that it will be “pretty weird” to take the field at the legendary stadium as a Packers’ opponent.

“I haven’t made any bets with anybody,” Barnett said. “Most of my friends will be rooting for me, if I was playing, rooting for my team. So it’ll be fun. They’ll be there in their Redskins gear and then after that game, I’m sure they’ll tear it off and be back in their Packers stuff.”

Barnett was released by the Packers in the summer of 2011 just after the lockout ended. He’d ended the 2010 season on the injured reserve list because of a wrist injury. He said Wednesday he has no lingering ill will.

“Obviously I didn’t want to go because I was injured, coming off of IR and then going into a lockout,” Barnett said. “So it was kind of an awkward situation. But I don’t think I left on any negative terms. I think everything was good. It was just part of the business.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m.

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