With the Vikings coming to Lambeau Field on Sunday for a divisional battle, the Packers will need all hands on deck. That goes double for the defense, which will have to deal with a healthy and dangerous Adrian Peterson. Coach Mike McCarthy ran down the status of his injured players in today's press conference, shown on Packers.com. While it's not pretty, a few key players should be ready to go on Sunday.
|OLB Clay Matthews||Hamstring||Did not practice|
|CB/S Charles Woodson||Collarbone||Did not practice|
|CB Sam Shields||Knee||Did not practice|
|WR Donald Driver||Thumb||Did not practice|
|RB Johnny White||Concussion||Did not practice|
|DL C.J. Wilson||Knee||Did not practice|
|DL Ryan Pickett||Quadriceps||Did not practice|
|T Marshall Newhouse||Wrist||Limited participation|
With Wilson and White suffering their injuries on Sunday against New York and a few other injuries already well-known, the only surprises to the report were Driver, Pickett, and Newhouse. However, McCarthy said that he expects Pickett to be ready to practice by Friday, and for him to be active for Sunday's game. The coach showed no sign of concern on Newhouse's availability either.
However, Wilson's status is less clear. His injury will likely keep him out against the Vikings, but McCarthy did not indicate that he would definitely miss the game. McCarthy did say that Clay Matthews would be re-evaluated on Friday, but that it would be "a stretch" for him to play on Sunday. As for the other defensive injuries, neither Woodson nor Shields will be ready to play on Sunday.