GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball while defended by Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL season opener at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Thursday night games are often rough on a team and its coaching staff. They offer a short time to turn around and prepare for the next opponent. When the team is coming off a tough, physical game like the Packers played in week one against the 49ers it makes it even harder. This is where I would also throw in a plea for the poor blogger who has to make a quick turn around as well, but this time I welcome it. A good game against the Bears will cause us all to forget that awful performance against the Niners and get the season back on track.
The good news about this short turn around is that the Packers don't have many injuries that may need extra time to heal up. No one went down in the game on Sunday which is always good. The problem is that there are still a few key names on the injury report as well. The Packers injury report reads as following (per Packers.com): Davon House (shoulder, limited participation), Greg Jennings (groin, did not participate), Jamari Lattimore (ankle, limited participation), Terrell Manning (concussion, did not participate), James Starks (toe, did not participate) C.J. Wilson (groin, did not participate).
The only real surprises on the list are Wilson and Jennings. Jennings did check himself out of the game against the 49ers which opened the door for Donald Driver's only action of the day. Hopefully Jennings can heal up in time to be a factor in the game. The other injury I'm keeping my eye on is House. House was able to participate in practice on Monday so hopefully that's a good sign for his return.
The Bears have four players listed on their injury report (which can be seen at the bottom of the link to Packers.com). The Bears report includes: Kyle Adams (shoulder, did not participate), Charles Tillman (shin, did not pariticpate), Brian Urlacher (with the odd "knee/coach decision" injury, did not participate), and J'Marcus Webb (thumb, limited participation). That's three starters that are dinged up by my count (Tillman, Urlacher, and Webb). More important than the designation of starter though will be the health of two key members of the defense, Tillman and Urlacher. Last week there were times that the Chicago defense seemed to struggle with the speed of the Colts' offense. This wasn't too often due to the impressive performance of the Bear defensive line, but enough to take note. The offense of the Packers and the Colts are worlds different, and the Bears could have their hands full if these two guys are not ready to go on Thursday.
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