The only difference between Green Bay’s Wednesday and Thursday practices, in terms of player participation, was the fact that safety Darnell Savage (concussion) returned to practice today as a limited participant. Savage inches closer to playing Sunday now, but there’s no promise that the safety, who was injured last week, is cleared to go against the Washington Football Team.
If Savage cannot play this weekend, safety Henry Black would likely make his first NFL start in Savage’s place. Black has played in 14 games over the last two years with the Packers and has been featured as the team’s third safety when starter Adrian Amos adds to the “box” in a linebacker role. Green Bay’s fourth safety, Vernon Scott, has been a healthy scratch multiple times this season after dealing with a summer hamstring injury but should be activated if Savage is ruled out on Sunday.
With pass-rusher Preston Smith missing back-to-back practices, one can assume that he won’t suit up against Washington. The good news is that cornerback Kevin King has practiced, though limited, the last two days. Last week, Isaac Yaidom made the start in the injured Packers secondary but was quickly benched for Rasul Douglas, who was signed by the team in-season. King, despite his up and down play, did fair well against Cincinnati in the last game that he played.
Washington received good news with defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (knee), receiver Terry McLaurin (hamstring), running back Antonio Gibson (shin), and reserve tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (quadricep) participating more in practice on Thursday. Tackle Sam Cosmi (ankle), receiver Curtis Samuel (groin), and guard Brandon Scherff (knee) are Washington starters who have still yet to practice this week.