On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers practiced for the second time in advance of their week 15 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. There was mostly good news on the report, thankfully, as two players who were not practicing on Wednesday did work today in the team’s padded, indoor practice.
The first of those two players is safety Josh Jones. However, Jones’ absence on Wednesday was deemed a personal matter and was officially listed as “not injury related.” Therefore it was little surprise to see him back on the field. Jones will likely play a critical role on Sunday, particularly at strong safety if Morgan Burnett continues to play in the slot on a regular basis.
The other returning player is inside linebacker Jake Ryan, whose knee injury forced him out of Wednesday’s session. Ryan’s presence would be a welcome one for the Packers this week, as they are likely to use more of their base defense against the Panthers’ impressive rushing attack. Carolina has three bona fide running threats in their backfield: running backs Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey join quarterback Cam Newton to form a productive trio. Ryan will likely see a great deal of snaps on the inside next to Blake Martinez if he is indeed able to play.
The team did have one addition to the report from Wednesday, as right tackle Jason Spriggs was limited with a hip issue. Follow that on Friday’s report, as Spriggs will be counted on to start against a terrific Panthers pass rush featuring Mario Addison and Julius Peppers.
Here is the Packers’ full report for Thursday.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Davon House (shoulder/back)
DT Quinton Dial (chest/knee)
CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring)
OLB Nick Perry (foot/shoulder)
ILB Jake Ryan (knee)
OT Jason Spriggs (hip)
OLB Ahmad Brooks (back)
G Lucas Patrick (hand)