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Packers Week 14 Practice Report: Ryan/Martinez limited, Matthews sits out on Wednesday

The Packers will hope to get back to full strength at inside linebacker this week, but their rookie starter is still no lock to return to the field against the Seahawks.

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When you read the Green Bay Packers’ injury report from Wednesday’s practice, try your best not to freak out. That’s because the team has six of its ten linebackers (inside and outside combined) listed as either non-participants or limited participants on Wednesday’s report.

To be fair, one player is not an injury concern - that’s veteran pass-rusher Julius Peppers, who played 58 of a possible 66 snaps on Sunday and was given a day off to rest. However, there are still five players who are fighting through injuries of some sort. Peppers will likely need to play a big role once again this week, as Nick Perry has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game and Clay Matthews continues to struggle with the shoulder injury he suffered two Mondays ago in Philadelphia.

Thankfully, both of the team’s starting inside linebackers were practicing - albeit on a limited basis - and if both can play that should help alleviate the depth issues that Matthews’ injury brings about. A three-man rotation with Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez, and Joe Thomas still sounds preferable to Ryan, Thomas, and a banged-up Matthews.

Here’s the report for Wednesday’s practice, and keep an eye out for Thursday’s update later today.

Packers Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • OLB Kyler Fackrell (hamstring)
  • CB LaDarius Gunter (illness)
  • OLB/ILB Clay Matthews (shoulder)
  • OLB Julius Peppers (not injury related)
  • OLB Nick Perry (hand)

Limited Participation

  • DT Letroy Guion (shoulder)
  • G T.J. Lang (foot)
  • ILB Blake Martinez (knee)
  • CB Damarious Randall (groin)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring)
  • ILB Jake Ryan (ankle)
  • OL JC Tretter (knee)