The Green Bay Packers did not have a true practice on Wednesday, as they’re a day short of their typical game week after playing on Monday Night Football. Instead, the Packers had a walkthrough practice today, which means that all of their player participation statuses were estimations on Wednesday. Green Bay is expected to have a full practice on Thursday.
The estimated non-participants in practice on Wednesday were running back AJ Dillon (thumb), safety Darnell Savage (shoulder), inside linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder), receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) and receiver Dontayvion Wicks (ankle). Both Walker and Alexander were inactive versus the New York Giants on Monday, but Dillon, Savage and Wicks suited up for the game. Savage left action momentarily, and Wicks didn’t finish the match, but Dillon never appeared to leave the game with an injury.
The estimated limited participants today were cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), outside linebacker Kingsley Enagbare (toe), left guard Elgton Jenkins (shoulder), running back Aaron Jones (knee), slotback/returner Keisean Nixon (quadricep), safety Jonathan Owens (knee), receiver Jayden Reed (ankle), defensive lineman T.J. Slaton (quadricep).
Notably, cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring) was an estimated full participant in practice. Stokes remains on the Packers’ injured reserve currently, but the team did open up a 53-man roster spot yesterday when they let go of fellow cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly. That move hints that Stokes’ return could be right around the corner. Stokes’ 21-day practice window opened up on November 27th, so the deadline for his activation off of the injured reserve is nearing.
When asked about Stokes’ game status versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stated, “We’ll see. We’ll give him the week.” LaFleur also noted that the team wants to see Stokes on the defensive side of the ball. Previously, Stokes has only been seen on special teams this season. Following injuries to Stokes and Alexander, along with the trade of Rasul Douglas to the Buffalo Bills, the Packers have recently been starting the duo of rookie Carrington Valentine and Corey Ballentine at outside cornerback.
The other piece of good news from Green Bay’s practice estimations today is the fact that receiver Jayden Reed is no longer in the concussion protocol. He is listed with an ankle injury, but we can rule out a head injury for the rookie. Reed left Monday’s game and was evaluated for a concussion. He was seen leaving the sideline early as he and a member of the medical staff went to the locker room while the game was still ongoing.
On Tampa Bay’s side of the injury report, four significant contributors were estimated as non-participants on Thursday: cornerback Carlton Davis (groin), receiver Chris Godwin (knee), nose tackle Vita Vea (toe) and linebacker Devin White (foot). Like the Packers, the Buccaneers also had a walkthrough practice today.