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Saturday Injury Report: Green Bay Packers at Vikings

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Usually this is written on Friday, but with a Monday night game, the final practice of the week is on Saturday instead. More time to heal!

For the Packers, there are a lot of familiar names. SS Atari Bigby has been out since week 1, but he should be back after the bye week (next week). It means the first big game for SS Derrick Martin who barely played last week because they substituted him for an extra LB. RB Brandon Jackson has been out since the preseason. LB Jeremy Thompson has been battling a knee injury the past two weeks, but he's gotten off to a poor start on special teams so his absence might be noticed in a good way. The big name this week has been LT Chad Clifton, who's been listed as questionable but hasn't practiced all week. I'm not a big fan of LT Daryn Colledge, but I'd rather see him start then an injured player. Mike McCarthy expects Colledge will start, so don't expect Clifton to be active. Everyone else should play.

For the Vikings, they've got a number of big names on their injury list. Of course QB Brett Favre will play, so there's no need to discuss that one. I wonder if he's only being listed because of the Jets injury-report fiasco. LB Erin Henderson probably won't play, but since he's most famous for being LB E.J. Henderson's brother, and only has 15 career tackles, I don't expect they'll miss him. The Vikings struggling pass protection would take a blow if Pro Bowl LG Steve Hutchinson is out with a back injury. He looks like a game-time decision. Don't expect WR Darius Reynaud will play, which might not seem like a big loss, but he's having a great season as a punt returner. It looks like starting FB Naufahu Tahi won't play either. They won't miss his meager offensive production, but his blocking could be missed.

These are not game changing injuries for either team, but they are hitting both teams struggling pass protection units. Complete injury list after the jump.

From Packers.com:

Player Pos. Injury Saturday Participation Saturday Status
Atari Bigby S Knee Out Out
Chad Clifton T Ankle Did Not Participate Questionable
Brandon Jackson RB Ankle Out Out
Cullen Jenkins DE Groin Full Participation Probable
Greg Jennings WR Wrist Full Participation Probable
Johnny Jolly DE Abdomen Full Participation Probable
B.J. Raji NT Ankle Full Participation Probable
Jeremy Thompson LB Knee Did Not Participate Out
Charles Woodson CB Foot Full Participation Probable
Player Pos. Injury Saturday Participation Saturday Status
Brett Favre QB Foot Limited Participation Probable
Cedric Griffin CB Hand Full Participation Probable
E.J. Henderson LB Shoulder Full Participation Probable
Erin Henderson LB Calf Limited Participation Doubtful
Steve Hutchinson G Back Limited Participation Questionable
Jim Kleinsasser TE Hand Full Participation Probable
Chris Kluwe P Illness Full Participation Probable
Darius Reynaud WR Hamstring Did Not Participate Doubtful
Naufahu Tahi FB Back Limited Participation Questionable