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Cardinals vs. Packers: Initial Injury Report

The Packers are back at practice which brings good news and bad news on the injury front....okay mostly bad news but it's still news right?

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

As we start our Thursday let's go over some news that came out late Wednesday. As always, the Packers and Cardinals released their first injury reports following practice. Here's what things look like on the Packers end:

Name Position Injury Wed. Practice Status
Donald Driver WR Neck/Thumb Limited Particpation
Jermichael Finley TE Shoulder Limited Participation
John Kuhn FB Hamstring Did Not Participate
T.J. Lang LG Elbow/Wrist Limited Participation
Mike Neal DE Ankle Did Not Participate
Jordy Nelson WR Hamstring Did Not Participate
Nick Perry OLB Knee/Wrist Did Not Participate
B.J. Raji NT Ankle Limited Participation
Aaron Rodgers QB Calf Full Participation
Sam Shields CB Ankle Did not Participate
Charles Woodson DB Collarbone Out
Jerel Worthy DE Concussion Did Not Participate
Greg Jennings WR Groin/Abdomen Out

Once again the list is long so let's focus on the highlights. Remember earlier in the week when it was reported that Nelson was close to returning? Yes, many of us hoped that he would be back in time for this game. Well this list should wake you up from that dream. If it didn't on its own then I'll also pass along that Nelson isn't going to practice Thursday either. No, he's going to rehab Thursday and then they will test it again on Friday. Not a good sign.

Another not a good sign is the fact that the Packers had four healthy defensive linemen available for practice on Wednesday. With Neal and Raji nursing bad ankles and Worthy with a concussion (Lord only knows what that means for his availability) things are looking mighty thing along the defensive front. Similarly not helping matters is the fact that Perry is still not back at practice. At this point I'm not expecting to see him back until after the bye at the soonest.

I guess coach McCarthy wasn't kidding last week in his post game press conference when he said that the team might basically have the same 46 players again versus the Cardinals. Heck, they might even have less without Worthy and Neal.

Speaking of the Cardinals here is their injury report on Wednesday:

Name Position Injury Wed. Practice Status
D'Anthony Batiste T Toe Full Participation
Darnell Dockett DT Hamstring Full Participation
Jim Dray TE Knee Full Participation
Jamell Fleming CB Back Full Participation
Todd Heap TE Knee Limited Participation
Kevin Kolb QB Ribs Did Not Participate
Mike Leach LS Back Limited Participation
Kerry Rhodes FS Back Limited Participation
Anthony Sherman FB Knee Full Participation
Adam Snyder G Quadricep Did Not Participate
Greg Toler CB Hamstring Limited Participation

Cardinal fans may disagree about this, but this looks down right manageable compared to the Packers. The most troubling about this is the injury to Kolb. So far this year Kolb has out played John Skelton and it seems Kolb gives the Cardinals the best opportunity to win, or he would if he is available. Out of all these players only two, Kolb and Snyder, were available for practice on Wednesday. Maybe Coach Whisenhunt is getting through to his players after all.