Only three players were non-participants in Green Bay’s padded practice on Wednesday: running back Aaron Jones (knee), running back AJ Dillon (groin) and receiver Jayden Reed (undisclosed). When asked about Dillon’s status, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that Dillon is still battling through a groin injury that impacted his participation in practice last week. According to LaFleur, the team is “just trying to get him healthy.” For perspective, Dillon was a limited participant in both of the Packers’ walkthroughs last week, but he was never held out of practice altogether, though, a padded practice is clearly a different beast than a walkthrough.
The limited participants in practice today were cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), defensive lineman Kenny Clark (shoulder), tight end Josiah Deguara (hip), safety Rudy Ford (biceps), outside linebacker Rashan Gary (shoulder), cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring), receiver Dontayvion Wicks (knee) and cornerback Robert Rochell (undisclosed). As a reminder, Stokes is on the injured reserve — as is safety Darnell Savage, who was a full participant today for the first time since his practice window opened.
Last week, four of the Packers’ five questionable players going into the Detroit Lions game wound up being inactive for the match. Those players were Alexander, Campbell, Ford and Wicks, who were joined by Jones (ruled out before the game) and Deguara (named doubtful for the game).
If you’re looking for a silver lining here, it seems like the “mini-bye” following the Thanksgiving game has helped out the statuses of Deguara, Stokes and Savage. Unfortunately, though, there has been little progress made elsewhere for a team that was out eight preferred starters against Detroit.
With Savage being a full participant in a padded practice, which the Packers are limited to three of in the final seven weeks of the regular season, assume that the safety is going to be activated to the 53-man roster sooner rather than later. At the moment, Green Bay has two roster spots available on their 53-man roster, after bringing running back James Robinson and receiver Bo Melton back down to the practice squad, which are likely earmarked for the potential returns of Savage and Stokes from the injured reserve.