The Green Bay Packers’ injury report has been a laundry list of starters and key backups all season long, so it should be no surprise that several critical players showed up on Wednesday’s report as the team prepares for its week nine game against the Indianapolis Colts.
However, there is good news to be found here. While new names keep popping up, some players are returning to practice at the very positions that are being depleted.
For the first example, look to the center position. JC Tretter suffered an injury late in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons, and was held out today’s practice. However, in a convenient twist, Corey Linsley - the two-year starter who is on the Physically Unable to Perform list - practiced in full. Since the Packers currently have an open spot on their 53-man roster, expect Linsley to be back on the roster before 3:25 PM on Sunday, and it is almost assured that he’ll be back in the starting lineup at that time.
Meanwhile, cornerback Quinten Rollins returned to practice today, albeit on a limited basis. That helped to offset the fact that Demetri Goodson, one of the players who has been starting while Rollins and Damarious Randall have been out with groin injuries, was unable to practice today. A return for Rollins would be a big help regardless of Goodson’s availability, but it would be critical if Goodson cannot suit up.
As for the Packers’ offensive weapons, Ty Montgomery practiced for the first time since learning that he has sickle-cell trait. He was limited - as was Randall Cobb - but the two players were at least participating somewhat, a good sign for Sunday.
Here’s the full injury report for the Packers for today.
Did Not Practice
- TE Jared Cook (ankle)
- CB Demetri Goodson (concussion)
- G T.J. Lang (hip)
- CB Damarious Randall (groin)
- RB James Starks (knee)
- C JC Tretter (knee)
- WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)
- OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring)
- WR Ty Montgomery (illness)
- CB Quinten Rollins (groin)
- C Corey Linsley*
*unofficial - not yet on active roster