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Packers Injury Report, Week 5: Datone Jones & Morgan Burnett were full-go on Wednesday

Green Bay’s defense is indeed getting healthier after the bye, with most of the key players practicing today.

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On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released their first injury report for their week 5 game against the New York Giants. Following a bye week, the Packers are hoping to get back some of the key defensive contributors who were inactive for week 3’s 34-27 win over the Detroit Lions.

Thankfully, the practice report for Wednesday gives further evidence to support Mike McCarthy’s assertion that his defense will be closer to full strength this Sunday night. Four of the five inactive players did indeed practice on Wednesday which agrees with McCarthy’s expectations for those same players on Monday.

One concerning item is that the Packers’ other starting cornerback, Damarious Randall, showed up on the report today as limited. Randall reported an issue with his thumb in week two, but it is a groin injury that kept him from doing all his reps on Wednesday. See below for the full list.

Packers Practice Report

Did Not Practice

  • TE Jared Cook (ankle)
  • CB Sam Shields (concussion)

Limited Participation

  • DT Letroy Guion (knee)
  • OLB Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring)
  • CB Damarious Randall (groin)

Full Participation

  • S Morgan Burnett (groin)
  • OLB/DE Datone Jones (knee)
  • FB Aaron Ripkowski (back)

Meanwhile, the Giants had three players out for last week’s game against Washington, all with concussions. One of those players is offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, a former Packer who typically starts on the right side. Newhouse missed last week’s game with a calf injury and was held out of practice again today.

Giants Practice Report

Did Not Practice

  • CB Eli Apple (hamstring)
  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • TE Larry Donnell (concussion)
  • OT Marshall Newhouse (calf)
  • FS Darian Thompson (foot)

Limited Participation

  • RB Rashad Jennings (thumb)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin)
  • DT Robert Thomas (illness)

Full Participation

  • DE Olivier Vernon (wrist)