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Levens Back At Pack Practice

Green Bay running back Dorsey Levens practiced for the first time Wednesday since suffering a broken right leg in Week 2.

Levens shared snaps with Darick Holmes at practice Wednesday but will not play Sunday when the Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles. He is expected back in two weeks when Green Bay plays at Tampa Bay.

Without Levens, who rushed for 1,435 yards in 1997, the Packers have struggled to generate a rushing attack, ranking 27th in the NFL.

Travis Jervey, Raymont Harris and Holmes all have been used at the halfback position since Levens broke his leg. But Jervey broke his left ankle Nov. 9 at Pittsburgh and Harris has been bothered by knee problems.

The Packers (7-4) are three games behind the first-place Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Central, and are currently in the NFC's second wild-card spot.

Levens broke a bone in his right leg when he was tackled from behind in a Sept. 13 victory over Tampa Bay.

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  • The 28-year-old Levens signed a five-year deal worth a reported $25 million just days before the start of the season. Despite missing training camp and the entire preseason, he was used extensively in the first two regular-season games.

    Levens appeared rusty in a season-opening victory over Detroit when he producejust 59 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He also had seven catches for 38 yards. Against Tampa Bay, he had 43 yards on 18 carries but caught eight passes for 46 yards.

    Levens was second in the NFC in rushing and caught 53 passes last season to earn Pro Bowl honors for the first time. He set club marks for most yards from scrimmage (1,805), rushing attempts (329) and most yards rushing in one game (190 against the Dallas Cowboys) en route to the second-best single-season rushing total in team history.

    Levens has compiled 3,361 career yards -- 2,238 rushing in 534 attempts and 1,123 on 148 receptions -- and averages 4.9 yards every time he handles the ball. He has been even more productive in the postseason, averaging 5.7 yards for each touch in 11 playoff games.

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