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Lions vs. Packers: Wednesday Injury Report

It's Wednesday which means it's time for our first injury report coming from the Packers and the Lions. The Packers had a week to heal up...did that actually happen though?

David Welker

It’s Wednesday, which means that the Packers are back at practice and we get our first injury report. Long story short, it’s not good….not exactly breaking news and not totally unexpected, but it’s just not good. Let’s bite the bullet and look at what the Packers are dealing with at this point…

Name Position Injury Wed. Practice Status
Greg Jennings WR Groin / Abdomen Out
Clay Matthews OLB Hamstring Out
Charles Woodson S Collarbone Out
Mike Neal DE Ankle Did Not Participate
Donald Driver WR Thumb Limited Participation
John Kuhn FB Hamstring Limited Participation
Terrell Manning ILB Shoulder Limited Participation
Jordy Nelson WR Hamstring / Foot Limited Participation
Andrew Quarless TE Knee Limited Participation
Sam Shields CB Ankle Limited Participation
Ryan Taylor TE Chest Limited Participation
T.J. Lang RT (LG) Elbow / Wrist Full Participation
D.J. Williams TE Hamstring Full Participation
Jerel Worthy DE Concussion Full Participation

The biggest thing to report is the fact that Clay Matthews has officially been ruled out for the game against the Lions. As stated earlier, this isn’t breaking news or even unexpected, but it is going to be something very difficult for the Packers to overcome. More on that tomorrow.

Other than that it appears the bye week did some good for the team in general. There are lots of names once again, but not many players who were forced to sit out of practice completely. The only player who did not practice today and is not ruled out is Mike Neal who is still suffering with the ankle injury. Coach McCarthy mentioned Neal in his post practice press conference and sounded optimistic that Neal should be able to work through the injury. It’s also an ankle injury that he has worked through the last couple weeks, so hopefully the Packers can still count on him.

Finally some good news. It appears that McCarthy stated that Woodson looked better than expected. He might be back sooner than many of us thought. This is great news, especially if the Clay Matthews injury lingers.

Here is also a preview of the Lions injury list after Wednesday’s practice…

Name Position Injury Wed Practice Status
Cliff Avril DE Back Did Not Participate
Erik Coleman S Toe Did Not Participate
Louis Delmas S Knee Did Not Participate
Chris Houston CB Ankle Did Not Participate
Calvin Johnson WR Knee Did not Participate
Amari Spievey S Concussion Did Not Participate
Corey Williams DT Knee Did Not Participate
Jason Hanson K Left Foot Limited Participation
Ashlee Palmer LB Chest Limited Participation
Titus Young WR Knee Limited Participation

Unlike the Packers, the Lions had most of their injured players not practice today with only three in a limited practice role. This may mean nothing, and those players may still play on Sunday, but it could mean that the Lions would be nearly as dinged up as we are coming into this game. The main injuries to watch going forward this week should be Avril, Delmas, and Houston. No offense against Megatron, but he’s been on a bad wheel this entire season and still producing just fine despite it…so not as much to see or hope for here. The other three though are all key members of the Lions defense, and guys the Lions will need on hand in order to help contain the Packers passing attack. If the Lions have too many health issues in their already shaky secondary it could mean good things for Aaron Rodgers and the offense…especially it sounds as though Jordy Nelson will be back and as good as ever this weekend.