Scrimmage time in the NFL

Lambeau Field’s not-quite-frozen tundra hosted an intimate crowd of almost 48,000 for the Packers’ Family Night scrimmage Saturday night.

Packers CB Pat Lee delivered the hit of the night, leveling Jordy Nelson on a 27-yard reception. Nelson went off right away and was listed as having a bruised side.

Brandon Underwood had a 29-yard interception return for a TD.

Coach Mike McCarthy said after the scrimmage that LB Clay Matthews (tweaked hamstring) and WR Brett Swain (sprained knee) also were hurt. Donald Driver, who signed an extension with the team Friday, and LB Nick Barnett had the night off.

In other scrimmages around the league:

  • Jake Delhomme got off to a quick start for the Browns. The 35-year-old QB, who signed with the Browns after being released by the Panthers, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to TE Ben Watson in the fourth quarter for the Brown team, which defeated the White 14-6. Delhomme completed 10 of 15 passes for 78 yards with no interceptions.

    The same couldn’t be said for Colt McCoy. The rookie QB had a pass picked off by CB Brandon McDonald, who ran 40 yards for a touchdown and punctuated it with a flip in the end zone — a move not approved of by coach Eric Mangini.

    “I’m not a big fan of the dive,” Mangini told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That’s something we’ll talk about tomorrow.”

    Mangini simulated actual game conditions by having the teams dress in separate locker rooms, stop for halftime and using NFL referees to officiate. They didn’t hold back — there were 15 penalties.
  • A crowd of 10,721 turned out to watch the Chiefs’ scrimmage at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. The team ran about 80 plays, with Chiefs first-round draft pick Eric Berry intercepting a pass by QB Brodie Croyle and knocking down a throw by Matt Cassel. It was a rough day for rookie Dexter McCluster, who had balls bounce off his chest on back-to-back punts. The Kansas City Star writes that McCluster’s agility has the Chiefs hopeful that he can fill the shoes of former punt-returner extraordinaire Dante Hall.

    Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis made his official Chiefs debut from the press box, with new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel roaming the sidelines.
  • Dolphins QB Chad Henne was 13-of-21 passing, but the defense resoundingly set the tone. CB Sean Smith, responding to his demotion to the second team, stole Brandon Marshall’s thunder when he matched him stride-for-stride down the sideline and broke up a pass intended for the team’s new receiver.

    Marshall finished the scrimmage with two receptions for 11 yards and one dropped pass. “The offense, we need to pick it up, including myself,” he told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I need to be more of a leader and make some of those plays.”

    The scrimmage put a damper on what had been a good week of practice for Marshall, according to The Miami Herald.
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