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Packers ready for their preseason home opener

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) -

The Green Bay Packers will face the Cleveland Browns Thursday in their first home preseason game of the 2012 football season.

The Associated Press reports that the coaching staff will be taking a look at their defense. Desmond Bishop's hamstring injury could take him out for the entire season. D.J. Smith is slated to start at linebacker.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Greg Jennings may not play, as he's still recovering after getting a concussion during Packers Family Night on August 3.

The Packers will also be taking a look at the wind patterns at Lambeau Field. The AP reports that kicker Mason Crosby, punter Tim Masthay and special teams coach Shawn Slocum have been monitoring how a new giant video board in the southern end zone could affect the Packers' kicking game.

You can watch the game on WAOW. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Newsline 9 Sports Director Lauren Magiera will be at the game. You can follow her on Twitter @LMagieraWAOW and by following the #Newsline9 hashtag.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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