Pre-Game Injury Report: Green Bay Packers at Vikings

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers leaves the field with an injury after intercepting a pass in the end zone in the second half against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 24-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers have an unusual injury report. Two players are listed with non-injury related absences (Newhouse and Dominguez). It's not a big deal, they each had a personal matter to attend to, and they should both be available to play on Sunday.

Clifton remains out indefinitely as he recovers from his severe hamstring injury. Neal is out (as usual), but some signs of hope exist. Zombo is also out again, but this time it's not due to his broken shoulder blade (which is healed) but the hyperextended knee he suffered during his brief return against the Rams.

Everyone else should play, except I'm not optimistic about either Pickett or Shields, who have both suffered concussions recently. Pickett was concussed during practice on Thursday, while it happened to Shields when he was returning an interception against the Rams. For some, concussions have little lasting effect. But for others, such as the weeks of concussion like symptoms suffered by DE Lawrence Guy, it can take longer to recover. If neither of them were cleared by Friday, I'm not expecting either of them will play this Sunday.

If he can't go, the big loss would be Shields. While the Vikings aren't a major passing threat, his replacement would be Jarrett Bush, who can make any wide receiver look good. 

The Vikings have some issues in the secondary too. S Jamarca Sanford is doubtful, and so too is CB Antoine Winfield. They can survive without either player, but obviously they have a better shot of stopping Aaron Rodgers with them. C John Sullivan is also doubtful to play, and while he's not a dominant player, their offensive line could use all the help it can get.

The complete injury report, from Packers.com, is after the jump.

Player Position Injury Friday Participation Friday Status
Morgan Burnett S Hand Limited Participation Probable
Chad Clifton T Knee / Hamstring Out Out
Ray Dominguez G/T Not Inj. Related Did Not Participate Probable
Jamari Lattimore LB Shoulder Did Not Participate Out
Clay Matthews LB Quadricep Did Not Participate Probable
Mike Neal DE Knee Out Out
Marshall Newhouse T Not Inj. Related Did Not Participate Probable
Ryan Pickett DE Concussion Did Not Participate Questionable
Andrew Quarless TE Knee Full Participation Probable
Sam Shields CB Concussion Did Not Participate Doubtful
Josh Sitton G Knee Did Not Participate Probable
Charles Woodson CB Foot / Knee Limited Participation Probable
Frank Zombo LB Knee Out Out
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