Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Some key names appeared on the Packers' practice injury report, but coach Mike McCarthy doesn't think they'll be major issues.
It's Wednesday of a second week of playoff preparation for the Green Bay Packers, and with their game taking place on Saturday night in San Francisco, it means that we got another press conference from Mike McCarthy today. McCarthy ran down the injury report, which today has several key names on it. There will be more on the details after the list itself.
|Player||Injury||Wednesday Practice Status|
|Jarrett Boykin||Knee||Did not practice|
|Randall Cobb||Illness||Did not practice|
|Jerron McMillian||Personal||Did not practice|
|Jordy Nelson||Ankle||Did not practice|
Apparently the flu bug that has been going around the locker room caught Randall Cobb this week, as he was sent home. McCarthy expects him to practice this week and be ready for Saturday night. As for Jordy Nelson, he was held out of practice "fighting through" a nagging ankle injury, but the coach said that he hoped Nelson would be able to practice on Thursday.
McCarthy later said that there was "not a high concern" regarding the injuries to the linebackers, Matthews and Moses. It appears that they were just limited in practice on Wednesday as a precaution and should be ready to go fully later this week.
One name who did not appear on the injury report was James Starks, who was a full participant in practice. McCarthy would not tip his hand as to how Starks would be used or if he's even going to be part of the game plan this week.
On the other sideline, Jim Harbaugh said that defensive lineman Justin Smith "seems ready", which would be a big help for the 49ers' defensive front. Time will tell whether Smith will be at full strength on Saturday night.