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Packer Injuries: Jennings, Starks, Newhouse, and Sitton

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GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field on November 20, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field on November 20, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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During Mike McCarthy's morning press conference, he reported on four knee injuries (Jennings, Starks, Newhouse, and Sitton). They all may play on Thursday against the Lions, if they can practice on Tuesday. 

LT Marshall Newhouse. McCarthy said he would be fine. Nothing to see, move along.

RG Josh Sitton. This will be a matchup to watch on Thursday. Suh considers Sitton the toughest guard he faced last season, but Sitton has been obviously slowed this season due to injuries. He'll play through it once again, as he's done for the past few weeks, but Suh will be a huge challenge.

WR Greg Jennings. It was a shin injury, but it became a knee injury. It appeared to have happened at the end of the first half, so he was able to play through it against the Buccaneers. However, it was also his worst game of the season. I wouldn't say he's essential, but the entire offense is subject to change if he's out.

RB James Starks. McCarthy said it looked worse than it was. But he's still the player most likely to miss the game.

If he's out, then it's Ryan Grant time. While Starks is better, they aren't losing much without him. Neither player was expected to carry the ball over 20 times, and Grant can catch a dump off pass just as well as Starks. Without a backup fullback on the roster, it's unlikely that John Kuhn would play tailback. Brandon Saine might get an opportunity to play a little on offense.