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As expected, Packers cancel practice in favor of team bonding

Jun 18, 2014 -- 7:57am
Two years ago, the Packers’ private team-building function was shooting sporting clays as a team.

GREEN BAY – As per his custom, Mike McCarthy canceled Wednesday’s scheduled minicamp practice in favor of a team-building activity.

The Green Bay Packers coach has been using one of the team’s three minicamp practice days for a non-football bonding activity – two years ago, it was skeet shooting; last year, when rain canceled their shooting trip, they played dodgeball – so it was hardly a surprise when the club announced the practice cancelation on Wednesday morning.

The Packers will return to practice on Thursday, the final practice of the offseason before the players have roughly five weeks off in advance of reporting to training camp on July 25 at St. Norbert College.

“I think team building is very important,” McCarthy said after taking his players to the gun club two years ago.. “Any time you have an opportunity to be together as a football team, it’s about building relationships. That’s something that goes unsaid, unnoticed. We’ve attempted to do a team-building event almost every year since I’ve been here, and [skeet shooting] was very unique.”

Previous team-building exercises have included bowling and a home-run derby at practice. The team was scheduled to go back to the gun range last year but rain scuttled those plans and the players had to settle for dodgeball in the Lambeau Field gym.

The team did not announce what Wednesday’s team-bonding activity would be. It was raining in Green Bay Wednesday morning, which may have altered McCarthy's plans.

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