The Green Bay Packers begin full-squad workouts today with big voids.
Left cornerback Mike McKenzie, the team's top defensive player last season, remained home in Memphis as he continues to seek a trade. Ahmad Carroll, the team's top draft pick, could be McKenzie's replacement, but he is the lone unsigned member of the team's six-player rookie class.
The front office, meantime, is coping with the death of Mark Hatley, the team's vice president of football operations who died last week of a heart attack at age 54.
Coach-General Manager Mike Sherman, who attended a memorial service for Hatley in Tulsa on Friday, hasn't said whether he'll shuffle the personnel department or replace Hatley.
For now, Hatley's duties will be split primarily between pro personnel director Reggie McKenzie, college scouting director John Dorsey and John Schneider, assistant to the general manager.
"We're just going to keep things status quo right now and address those at the proper time," Sherman said.
Sherman remains adamant about McKenzie's holdout. He made his strongest public statement following Wednesday's annual shareholders meeting, when he said: "I'm not going to renegotiate a contract with three years left on it. [McKenzie] has to come back on the terms of the team."
Sherman can start fining McKenzie for each day he misses, starting today. If his holdout lasts into the season, he would be docked $161,764 per week.
The Packers will open camp without two starters and a key backup on offense. Guard Mike Wahle (bruised left femur) and center Mike Flanagan (left knee tendinitis) will start camp on the physically unable to perform list, along with backup tackle Brennan Curtin (groin) and cornerback Chris Johnson, who has a stress fracture in his left shin.
* LIONS: Wide receiver Roy Williams arrived in camp after agreeing to a five-year deal.
"We were able to get this done in about 48 hours," Detroit CEO Tom Lewand said. "We're happy we were able to get it done and get it done quickly."
Williams, the seventh overall pick from Texas, was the only player who did not report when the team began training camp Friday. He did not take part in practice yesterday but will be in uniform today.
Yesterday was the first time the Lions practiced in full pads since last season. Rookie running back Kevin Jones (Virginia Tech) took some of the hardest hits but wasn't backing down.
He knocked over cornerback Dre Bly at the end of one play. He said being a marked man is somewhat of a confidence booster.
"It feels good to know guys are gunning for you," he said.
* RAMS: One day after re-injuring his surgically repaired back, tackle Kyle Turley left training camp to get further tests, and he's concerned the situation could be career-threatening.
Turley underwent an MRI exam Saturday night and yesterday he drove back to St. Louis. He also talked of possibly meeting with a back specialist in Los Angeles.
"It was a threat to my career last year," Turley said. "For it to have possibly reoccurred is definitely a bigger threat."
Turley left the field on a cart during the morning practice on Saturday.
* CARDINALS: Arizona released center Pete Kendall, less than three weeks after new coach Dennis Green installed the eight-year veteran as a starter. Green said rookie Alex Stepanovich, a fourth-round draft pick, would be moved into Kendall's spot.
* BUCCANEERS: Middle linebacker Shelton Quarles will be sidelined for at least the next few days after injuring his left wrist on the first day of practice.
* BRONCOS: Rookie running back Tatum Bell had surgery, a day after breaking his finger in his first day of training camp.
* FALCONS: Quarterback Michael Vick won't practice today because of a blister on his throwing hand.