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Packers open Eric Stokes’ 21-day practice window to return from IR

Stokes (hamstring) will be activated to the 53-man roster within the next three weeks, as he began to practice with Green Bay on Monday.

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The Green Bay Packers had an out-of-the-ordinary Monday practice this week, as they’re coming off of a Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. The most notable change in their practice participation today was with cornerback Eric Stokes, whose practice window has been opened.

Stokes, who previously was dealing with a season-ending injury from 2022, was activated off of the physically unable to perform list earlier this season but only managed to play a handful of special teams reps before going down with a hamstring injury. Since then, he’s been on the injured reserve. Now, the Packers have 21 days to allow Stokes to practice with the team before he has to be activated to the 53-man roster, though, it is possible for him to return to the active roster before then.

Without Stokes, and with the trade of Rasul Douglas to Buffalo, rookie seventh-round pick Carrington Valentine has been starting at outside cornerback as of late. It will be interesting to see if the Packers will attempt to ease Stokes back onto the field via special teams, as they did earlier in the year, or if they’ll throw him into the line of fire at cornerback now that Douglas is out of the picture.

Green Bay won’t officially announce an injury report today, as they aren’t required to by the NFL until Wednesday’s practice, but there were other tidbits of news that were picked up by reporters on the scene for warmups. Safety Darnell Savage (calf), who is also on the injured reserve, continued to practice this week. Leading up to the Lions game, Savage was a limited participant in the Packers’ walkthroughs, which also opened up his 21-day practice window. The Packers should have their preferred starter back within the next two weeks.

Receiver Dontayvion Wicks (concussion), inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and safety Rudy Ford (biceps) all practiced on Monday after missing last week’s game against the Lions. The players who were non-participants today were running back Aaron Jones (knee), running back AJ Dillon (groin), running back James Robinson (unknown) receiver Bo Melton (unknown) and tight end Josiah Deguara (hip). Jones and Deguara didn’t suit up against Detroit, but Dillon, Robinson and Melton did.