KEYS TO THE GAME
Packers: Matthews, who has a league-high six sacks after only two games, went through the full session Thursday as the Packers began practicing for Monday night's game at the Bears. Matthews still has residual soreness from a hamstring injury that kept him out most of the preseason. He will be good to make the start Monday. ... CB Charles Woodson also had a full day of work Thursday and is expected to be fine for Monday, despite having a big toe injury that he aggravated two weeks ago. ... DE Cullen Jenkins was held out of team drills Thursday, as the team limits how much the right-side starter uses his broken left hand. Jenkins will continue to wear a club cast on the hand in game action. ... LB Brad Jones didn't do much in practice, as he recovers from a knee injury that flared up in Sunday's win over the Bills. The injury isn't considered serious, so Jones figures to be more involved as practice continues through Saturday and then make the start Monday. ... S Nick Collins isn't listed on the injury report. Collins aggravated a hip flexor late in Sunday's game, and coach Mike McCarthy had speculated earlier in the week that Collins may need to be held back when practice resumed Thursday. ... FB Korey Hall didn't practice Thursday, putting his game status in question after he was out Sunday. Hall was the opening-day starter at fullback and gave way to Quinn Johnson in the last game, while John Kuhn had mostly halfback duties. ... LB Desmond Bishop returned to practice, and on a full-time basis, after he missed all of last week and then Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury he aggravated in the opener. Bishop is a key special-teams contributor. ... LB Brady Poppinga also was sidelined Thursday because of a recurring knee injury. It isn't believed to be significant, so Poppinga has a shot to play in a backup role Monday. ... DE Mike Neal had some limited work Thursday and is making progress toward possibly being cleared to make his pro debut Monday. Neal, a second-round draft pick this year and top backup on the defensive line, has been out because of side and rib injuries. ... CB Brandon Underwood was a full-time participant in Thursday's practice and could be a candidate to be activated for the first time Monday after being sidetracked by a shoulder injury he sustained late in the preseason.
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