Previewing Preseason Week 2, Part I

In which we look ahead to the Green Bay Packers' second preseason game, the first of four NFC North affairs over the next three days:

Opponent: Cleveland Browns

Location: Lambeau Field

Day/Time: Thursday/8 p.m. ET

Personnel notes: The Packers have ruled out 17 players because of injuries, including running back James Starks (toe), receiver Greg Jennings (concussion), tight end Jermichael Finley (quadriceps), cornerback Sam Shields (elbow) and running back Brandon Saine (hamstring). … With newcomer Cedric Benson not ready to appear in a game and John Kuhn (ankle) doubtful as well, the Packers will be thin at running back. Starter Alex Green likely will have his snaps limited by continuing recovery from knee surgery, but the Packers only have two other healthy running backs behind him. … Rookie Casey Hayward will get the start at cornerback in place of the injured House and Starks. … The return of left tackle Marshall Newhouse (concussion) should give the Packers a better look at their first-team offense than the one they got last week against the San Diego Chargers.

Focal point: The Packers believe that backup quarterback Graham Harrell will continue to improve with game-like repetitions, so expect Harrell to have another long stint against the Browns. Despite continued public discussion about the possibility of trading for the Browns' Colt McCoy, the Packers want to make it work with Harrell.