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Packers get RB Knile Davis up to speed for Falcons


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A full week of practice could help newly acquired running back Knile Davis get up to speed in the Green Bay Packers' injury-depleted backfield.

And a swelling-reducing glove may help rookie Don Jackson contribute, too.

Davis had a long weekend to study the Packers' offensive playbook after arriving in an Oct. 18 trade from Kansas City -- less than 72 hours before the Packers' victory over the Chicago Bears last Thursday night. Coach Mike McCarthy was reluctant to play Davis with so little time to learn the schemes, so Davis didn't see action on offense until late in the fourth quarter, carrying twice for 1 yard.

"There's definitely some similarities (to Kansas City's playbook). I've just got to get the terminology and verbiage together," Davis said. "I'm definitely excited."

McCarthy said Davis spent the weekend working with running backs coach Ben Sirmans to get a better feel for the offense entering Sunday's game at Atlanta.

"He's part of the game plan," McCarthy said of Davis. "I like what he brings to the table. He's a natural football player, someone that's played a lot of football, was successful obviously in college, and he's been in the league. I think this is just more of a language and communication gap that you have to fill. He's very bright. He's making progress."

Jackson, meanwhile, took part in Wednesday's practice after X-rays did not show a fracture in his left hand, which he injured against Chicago. In an effort to reduce swelling, Jackson wore a special therapeutic glove throughout practice and was able to carry the ball with both hands - something he couldn't do after the injury occurred.

"It's already looking better," Jackson said.

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