The injury-ridden Green Bay Packers actually got some positive news on that front today, though the good news did not extend to their star quarterback. Aaron Rodgers remains off the field due to his collarbone fracture, but one Packer offensive starter who went down on Sunday against the Eagles returned to practice on Wednesday, while two of the three players still on the PUP list returned to practice.
According to the Packers in their injury update prior to Mike McCarthy's press conference, defensive end Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson worked on the field for the first time this year since they suffered injuries late last season - Worthy a torn ACL and Richardson a neck injury. The physical safety would be a welcome addition to the special teams and the struggling secondary, while Worthy could give a boost to a defensive line that has received pass-rush productivity from only one or two players.
As for players on the active roster, Clay Matthews was a full participant in practice. One starter returned to practice (albeit on a limited basis) after leaving Sunday's game. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith was working, which helps greatly with the stability of the offensive line. If he can play on Sunday, the team should have four-fifths of the starters still playing. However, the versatile Don Barclay was not practicing, throwing the right tackle position back into question. It will remain to be seen if Barclay can return this week or if the Packers are forced into playing Marshall Newhouse or even Derek Sherrod at right tackle against the Giants.
However, of the players not practicing, none has yet been ruled out for the Giants game. Those players are the following:
OL Don Barclay
CB Casey Hayward
DL Johnny Jolly
OLB Andy Mulumba
OLB Mike Neal
OLB Nick Perry
QB Aaron Rodgers
We'll wait and see as the week goes on for the availability of those players
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