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Packer starters will play the first quarter tonight
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The Green Bay Packers are expected to play their starters for about the first quarter tonight, when they host the Cleveland Browns.

Then the auditions will continue for dozens of back-ups who hope to see their names on the 53-man regular season roster come Aug. 31.

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The Packers are set at most positions, but not at safety, where two or three jobs can be won behind Morgan Burnett and Charles Woodson.

Undrafted safety Sean Richardson from Vanderbilt has impressed the coaches so far. He's bigger than most at safety, at 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds.

Safeties coach Darren Perry says that at first glance Richardson appears too big to play at safety, but he's not. He has good speed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Perry said Richardson was a quality safety coming out of college and has made great strides at Green Bay's off-season workouts and training camp.

Richardson played the final quarter and a half at San Diego last week. He's expected to get another long look tonight against the Browns.

How healthy is Alex Green?

The Green Bay Packers will find out Thursday night how healthy Alex Green is. The second-year running back is expected to get a lot of playing time when the Packers play Cleveland in the Lambeau Field exhibition opener.

Green tore an ACL last season and had knee reconstructive surgery.

The Packers are short on running backs and fullbacks, and at least four of them won't play Thursday night due to injuries - John Kuhn, James Starks, Jon Hoese and Du'ane Bennett.

The newly-signed Cedric Benson is not likely to play, either. He joined the team on Monday and was not allowed to practice in pads, so he has not had a lot of physical contact yet.

Meanwhile, on the offensive line, seventh-round draft pick Andrew Datko is expected to get a long audition Thursday night.

Undrafted guard Don Barclay and reserve center Sampson Genus will also try to keep making their cases to win roster spots.

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