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Apparently, the Green Bay Packers' injured players are continuing to progress ahead of schedule this week.
In his typical Friday press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the glut of injuries that have hit the team hard lately. Two players in particular got some special mention from the coach regarding their work in practice on Thursday. First, he addressed injuries in general, though:
So far, so good. Friday's plan, we'll be in meetings throughout the morning ... hopefully we'll get some good news on the injured players that were able to do more work yesterday than we anticipated and hopefully it transpires into more work tomorrow ...
Davante (Adams) did more yesterday than we expected. Morgan Burnett, same thing.
With both Adams and Burnett being listed as Limited in both practices this week, their status remains up in the air for the game against the Chargers. However, indications are that the Packers won't hold anyone back this week just because the bye week is on the horizon.
One surprise addition to the injury report on Thursday was Datone Jones, who showed up with a "did not practice" status, but it was deemed not injury related. When asked about the reason for Jones' absence, McCarthy did not elaborate but simply said that it was "a very positive personal moment." Update: it was later confirmed that Jones' wife gave birth to their first child on Thursday.
Perhaps the best news in McCarthy's presser related to right guard T.J. Lang, however. McCarthy said "We're definitely headed that way" when asked if Lang would start on Sunday, a good sign that the Packers should have their full line together again this Sunday.
Randall Cobb, however, could be limited by the shoulder injury that he suffered this preseason all year long. When asked if it would be an issue throughout the rest of the season, Cobb told ESPN's Rob Demovsky on Thursday "I think it's a possibility it could be." Still, Cobb was a full participant in practice on Wednesday (though he went down to limited on Thursday when the team practiced in pads) and he's unlikely to miss any game action.
Both Nick Perry and B.J. Raji missed Thursday's practice, however, and though Perry was all but ruled out earlier this week, it seems Raji will be challenged to play. We should know more when the team's Friday injury report is released this afternoon.