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More playing time for starters against 49er's Saturday; Sitton has shot at No. 1

Fans will get a longer look at the starters Saturday night when the Green Bay Packers play at San Francisco in their second exhibition game.

"We're going to try to play a little more. I'm looking probably approximately 30, 30-plus plays is the target I am trying to hit," said Mike McCarthy, Packers' head coach.

Running back Vernand Morency was promised more playing time as he did not get a carry in Monday night's Packer home loss to Cincinnati.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk has been ruled out of the 49'er game with a chest injury. Receiver Greg Jennings is still nursing a knee injury. He's likely to sit out, along with receiver Brett Swain, running back Ryan Grant, tight end Tory Humphrey, safety Charlie Peprah, and linebacker Desmond Bishop.

Receiver Ruvell Martin, who had a slight concussion against the Bengals, is feeling better. He practiced Thursday and he'll be a game-decision Saturday.

O'Sullivan gets 49er's start

Former Packer J.T. O'Sullivan will start at quarterback against his old team. Niners coach Mike Nolan says there's a three-way competition between O'Sullivan, Shaun Hill, and Alex Smith.

Last week, O'Sullivan completed 5-8 passes for 71 yards against Oakland. He was a third-stringer on the Packers in 2004 after coming over from New Orleans in a trade that sent disgruntled corner Mike McKenzie to the Saints.

Sitton improving

Green Bay Packers' rookie Josh Sitton continues to practice with the No. 1 offense and he still has a shot at being the starter at right guard once the regular season begins.

Sitton committed a false start penalty on the Packers' opening play Monday night against Cincinnati and despite other errors of movement McCarthy says Sitton is off to a good start.

"Josh is very bright. He has picked up our system very quickly, which has enabled him to start this past week and we'll give him another opportunity this week," McCarthy said.

The fourth-round draft choice was still at right guard when the No. 1 offense practiced Tuesday.

"He's got a lot of football in front of him. He needs to play. He needs to see all of the stunts and games and three-man games and the tendencies," McCarthy said.

Jason Spitz, who was the center Monday night, moved over to left guard and Scott Wells, who strained a lower back muscle earlier this month, was back at his starting center spot.

The 317-pound Sitton has been impressive at training camp so far. He's competing with Allen Barbre and third-year pro Darryn Colledge for the right guard job.

Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the state network and broadcast on the Packer Radio Network.

Packers fans and establishments interested in tuning in to Saturday's game via C-Band satellite should utilize the following information:

C-Band HD coordinates:


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Data rate - 40.461471

Symbol rate - 29.27

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