GREEN BAY (WGBA) — After missing the Green Bay Packers first five practices, rookie safety Darnell Savage returned to the field Wednesday.
Savage, who had his wisdom teeth pulled last week, had yet to practice in full pads since being drafted by Green Bay in April.
The team plans to bring him along slowly, head coach Matt LaFleur said. Savage said, although he missed important time on the field, he still feels ready to compete.
"Even though I haven't been out there on the field, I've still been getting my mental reps and making sure I stay up on everything," the former University of Maryland star said. "I've got such a great support cast, so I feel like I'm in a good position."
Savage said he is excited to compete for a starting safety spot alongside free agent signee Adrian Amos.
"It's going to be a competition," he said. "We have a lot of guys who can play back there. We have a lot of guys back there and everybody can play. It'll be fun."
Savage also added that he is looking forward to the Packers' Family Night practice. He said it will be his first time stepping foot on Lambeau Field.
The practice begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and can be watched exclusively on NBC26.