KEYS TO THE GAME
Packers: CB/KR Will Blackmon remained out of practice Thursday but did some running and hasn't given up hope about playing in the season opener Sunday night. Blackmon has been sidelined since suffering a bruised thigh in the Aug. 22 preseason game. He would have to practice Friday to have a shot at playing this weekend. ... WR Jordy Nelson has been filling in for Blackmon on both punt and kickoff returns in practice this week and likely would assume those added duties if Blackmon is deactivated. Other options on returns are WR Brett Swain, CB Tramon Williams and RB DeShawn Wynn. ... QB Matt Flynn continued to be a full participant in practice and expects to be in uniform Sunday as the team's only backup to Rodgers. Flynn hasn't played on offense since suffering a sprained throwing shoulder in the Aug. 22 contest. Flynn serves as the holder on kicks. ... CB Charles Woodson, whose name has been bandied about as a replacement for Blackmon on punt returns though he hasn't handled that role in two years, volunteered his services to be the team's emergency No. 3 quarterback. Nothing has been revealed on what the Packers would do if they lost both Rodgers and Flynn in a game. ... RB Brandon Jackson hasn't returned to practice since suffering an ankle injury in the Aug. 28 preseason game. Jackson likely won't play Sunday, leaving Grant and Wynn as the only halfbacks. ... S Aaron Rouse continued to be a full participant in practice this week and should be under consideration to be activated Sunday as a special-teams contributor and for reserve duty on defense. Rouse hasn't played since sustaining a pulled hamstring in practice Aug. 20.
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