A.J. Hawk’s wrist feels good enough to play golf

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A.J. Hawk has maintained for a while that his surgically repaired right wrist would heal in enough time for him to be ready for the start of training camp, assuming there is a training camp.

It certainly sounds like all systems are go on that front.

Hawk will play in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in the middle of July and he will also take part in the long driving contest at the event. He told reporters during a conference call that he tested out the wrist on the driving range recently and that it held up well.

“I got the last piece of hardware taken out of my wrist a few weeks ago,” Hawk said.

The Packers signed Hawk to a five-year, $33.7 million contract in March, shortly after he underwent the operation on his wrist to repair ligament damage. Hawk started 15 regular season games and all four playoff games for the Packers last season and is expected to be a starter at inside linebacker again this season for Dom Capers.

Hawk probably isn’t a good bet to win the golf tournament as he told the media that he hasn’t played a round since last year’s tournament, but he did win the long driving contest two years ago. He finished fourth last season behind Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.