It's a pretty straight forward injury report this week for the Packers, with those most people expect to play being listed as probable and those not expected to play being ruled out.
Usually with these injury reports there is some wiggle room at the end of the week which requires blogger types like me to read the tea leaves and make a guess as to who is going to be available to play or not. If a guy is questionable should we expect him? If he’s doubtful will there be some hope this player will make it? What about those pesky game time decisions….what should we expect?
Yeah that’s not happening this week with the Packers' final injury report. It’s pretty cut and dry. If you have been following the updates this week on this one none of this will surprise you either. Here’s the list:
Only two guys get the questionable mark to them, Donald Driver and Terrell Manning. Neither are exactly critical players at this point for the Packers. Both of these players have been healthy scratches for the team so far this year and it wouldn’t be that surprising to see them be healthy scratches again. Then again it’s nice to know that these two may be called upon since they do provide good depth at WR and LB.
Here’s the really good news of the week….Mike Neal, T.J. Lang, and Clay Matthews are all probable. No big surprise there, but it’s great to see these three players get healthy enough to get on the field and be ready to go.
Also the players that were not really expect to play all week have just been declared out. This includes James Starks, Jordy Nelson, C.J. Wilson, and Charles Woodson.
[UPDATE] It appears that the Packers put one more notable name on the injury list...without you know, updating their own injury list on their website. Josh Sitton had a hip injury flare up after Thursday's practice. He is currently listed as questionable. Good news is that Lang is fine so the Packers should have some decent form of a line out on Sunday if Sitton is not ready to go. Bad news is that we probably have to see more of the combination of Evan Dietrich-Smith and Don Barclay instead of one or the other.
On the flip side here is the Bears’ injury list:
|Lance Briggs||LB||Knee / Hip||FP||Probable|
|Jay Cutler||QB||Neck / Knee||FP||Probable|
The real bad news for the Bears is that Tim Jennings is out again this week as well as Henry Melton being doubtful. It may also be interesting to see what the status of Geno Hayes does for the Bears. The team was already getting a bit thin at the LB spot and another injury could be devastating for the Bears….especially with a surging Packers running attack.