It’s Wednesday, which means that the Packers are back at practice and we get our first injury report. Long story short, it’s not good….not exactly breaking news and not totally unexpected, but it’s just not good. Let’s bite the bullet and look at what the Packers are dealing with at this point…
|Name||Position||Injury||Wed. Practice Status|
|Greg Jennings||WR||Groin / Abdomen||Out|
|Mike Neal||DE||Ankle||Did Not Participate|
|Donald Driver||WR||Thumb||Limited Participation|
|John Kuhn||FB||Hamstring||Limited Participation|
|Terrell Manning||ILB||Shoulder||Limited Participation|
|Jordy Nelson||WR||Hamstring / Foot||Limited Participation|
|Andrew Quarless||TE||Knee||Limited Participation|
|Sam Shields||CB||Ankle||Limited Participation|
|Ryan Taylor||TE||Chest||Limited Participation|
|T.J. Lang||RT (LG)||Elbow / Wrist||Full Participation|
|D.J. Williams||TE||Hamstring||Full Participation|
|Jerel Worthy||DE||Concussion||Full Participation|
The biggest thing to report is the fact that Clay Matthews has officially been ruled out for the game against the Lions. As stated earlier, this isn’t breaking news or even unexpected, but it is going to be something very difficult for the Packers to overcome. More on that tomorrow.
Other than that it appears the bye week did some good for the team in general. There are lots of names once again, but not many players who were forced to sit out of practice completely. The only player who did not practice today and is not ruled out is Mike Neal who is still suffering with the ankle injury. Coach McCarthy mentioned Neal in his post practice press conference and sounded optimistic that Neal should be able to work through the injury. It’s also an ankle injury that he has worked through the last couple weeks, so hopefully the Packers can still count on him.
Finally some good news. It appears that McCarthy stated that Woodson looked better than expected. He might be back sooner than many of us thought. This is great news, especially if the Clay Matthews injury lingers.
Here is also a preview of the Lions injury list after Wednesday’s practice…
|Name||Position||Injury||Wed Practice Status|
|Cliff Avril||DE||Back||Did Not Participate|
|Erik Coleman||S||Toe||Did Not Participate|
|Louis Delmas||S||Knee||Did Not Participate|
|Chris Houston||CB||Ankle||Did Not Participate|
|Calvin Johnson||WR||Knee||Did not Participate|
|Amari Spievey||S||Concussion||Did Not Participate|
|Corey Williams||DT||Knee||Did Not Participate|
|Jason Hanson||K||Left Foot||Limited Participation|
|Ashlee Palmer||LB||Chest||Limited Participation|
|Titus Young||WR||Knee||Limited Participation|
Unlike the Packers, the Lions had most of their injured players not practice today with only three in a limited practice role. This may mean nothing, and those players may still play on Sunday, but it could mean that the Lions would be nearly as dinged up as we are coming into this game. The main injuries to watch going forward this week should be Avril, Delmas, and Houston. No offense against Megatron, but he’s been on a bad wheel this entire season and still producing just fine despite it…so not as much to see or hope for here. The other three though are all key members of the Lions defense, and guys the Lions will need on hand in order to help contain the Packers passing attack. If the Lions have too many health issues in their already shaky secondary it could mean good things for Aaron Rodgers and the offense…especially it sounds as though Jordy Nelson will be back and as good as ever this weekend.