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Wednesday Injury Report: Packers at Lions

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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who injured his non-throwing shoulder in last week’s wild win over the Cleveland Browns, will start Thursday against the Packers, reports NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who was listed as questionable throughout the week, is active and will also play Thursday.

As the season grows longer, so does the injury report. This week the Green Bay Packers have 13 players listed, and the Lions have 14.

For the Packers: I'm sure everyone knows that LB Aaron Kampman and CB Al Harris are done for the season with matching ACL injuries. But after them, only RT Allen Barbre and RB Ahman Green didn't practice on Wednesday because they are both recovering from injuries suffered last week in practice. While it would be nice to have them both available, I don't think anyone expects either to play a significant role in the offense. The only other major concern was C Scott Wells, who had his knee swell up bad on Monday and Tuesday, but apparently nothing is torn and he should play.

For the Lions: Their injury list is long and a problem. Neither QB Matthew Stafford or WR Calvin Johnson has practiced this week. Will Carroll discussed Stafford's shoulder injury:

The result is good, but a meaningless win against a bad team really doesn't mean much in the longer term. Stafford's non-throwing shoulder is being described as "mangled" and it's clear that it was a dislocation. This is much like the situation with Sam Bradford, but on the non-throwing side.

It's a good point in regards to Stafford and Johnson. Why risk either player's long-term health when the best outcome is a 3-8 record? Obviously their absence helps the Packers, but I don't see how they can push either player on a short week when neither was able to practice. Two safeties (Kalvin Pearson and Ko Simpson) are listed as out, and starting FS Louis Delmas is questionable (limited in practice on Wednesday). If Delmas can't play, their secondary might be literally without any depth. LB Ernie Sims is out too, but his replacement is former Badger LB DeAndre Levy and he shouldn't be much a drop off from Sims. RB Kevin Smith was limited in practice on Wednesday too. 

The complete injury reports are listed after the jump.

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Participation Wednesday Status
Allen Barbre T/G Ankle Did Not Participate Doubtful
Brandon Chillar LB Hand Full Participation Probable
Chad Clifton T Knee Full Participation Probable
Ryan Grant RB Neck Full Participation Probable
Ahman Green RB Groin Did Not Participate Doubtful
Al Harris CB Knee Out Out
Cullen Jenkins DE Ankle Full Participation Probable
Johnny Jolly DE Back Full Participation Probable
Aaron Kampman LB Knee Out Out
John Kuhn FB Hand Full Participation Probable
Josh Sitton G Back Full Participation Probable
Scott Wells C Knee Full Participation Probable
Charles Woodson CB Hip Full Participation Probable
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Participation Wednesday Status
Joe Cohen DT Ankle & Elbow Limited Participation Probable
Louis Delmas S Shoulder Limited Participation Questionable
Jordan Dizon LB Concussion Full Participation Probable
Zack Follett LB Knee Limited Participation Probable
Grady Jackson DT Shoulder Limited Participation Probable
Calvin Johnson WR Not Inj. Related Did Not Participate Questionable
Daniel Loper T Quadricep Limited Participation Questionable
Kalvin Pearson S Not Inj. Related Did Not Participate Out
Ko Simpson S Knee Did Not Participate Out
Ernie Sims LB Back Did Not Participate Out
Kevin Smith RB Shoulder Limited Participation Probable
Matthew Stafford QB Hamstring Did Not Participate Doubtful
Dewayne White DE Knee Did Not Participate Doubtful
Derrick Williams WR Knee (Not Listed) N/A