On Friday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants announced their injury reports for Sunday afternoon's game between the two NFC teams. Despite all the injuries to Packers players last week, only two have been ruled out for the game: cornerback Casey Hayward and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The rest of the injured Packers have varying chances of playing.
Here's the full injury report for the Packers, as announced in the team's press conference this afternoon:
C Evan Dietrich-Smith
DT Johnny Jolly
OLB Clay Matthews
OLB Mike Neal
NT Ryan Pickett
CB Sam Shields
OL Don Barclay
OLB Andy Mulumba
OLB Nick Perry
CB Casey Hayward
QB Aaron Rodgers
Don Barclay did not practice on Friday, making it a full week without practice as was expected. However, Mike McCarthy said that he is gradually getting better and still is a possibility to play on Sunday. Marshall Newhouse has worked as the starter at right tackle all week and will start if Barclay cannot play. Evan Dietrich-Smith also was held out of practice on Friday, but McCarthy indicated that it was more of a precaution because of the work he put in earlier in the week.
As for the defense, it appears that the Packers will start Clay Matthews and Mike Neal again at outside linebacker, and that Nick Perry probably will not play. If that's the case, Nate Palmer would probably be the top backup, with Andy Mulumba's status also in question.
As for Sam Shields and his surprise addition to the injury report, it is because he did not practice on Friday. McCarthy indicated that this was a precautionary move as well.
The Giants do not have the laundry list of injuries that the Packers do, but they nonetheless have a few key players banged up. Starting cornerback Corey Webster is out for the game, while defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not practice all week and is questionable.
Here is the Giants' full injury report:
Probable: TE Bear Pascoe, CB Terrell Thomas
Questionable: RB Brandon Jacobs, DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Out: CB Corey Webster
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