KEYS TO THE GAME
Packers: LB Nick Barnett returned to practice in limited fashion Thursday after being held out a day to rest a sore knee. The starter probably will try to go through the full practice Friday. His playing status for Sunday's game at the Bears would seem to be good at this point. ... NT Ryan Pickett didn't practice for a second straight day, leaving the starter's status up in air for the upcoming game. Pickett suffered a game-ending hamstring strain in the victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Coach Mike McCarthy said this week that Pickett would probably be a game-time decision Sunday. ... DL B.J. Raji had some limited work in practice Thursday as he tries to bounce back from an ankle injury he suffered in the last game. The rookie is optimistic he'll be ready to play against the Bears. As Pickett's backup on the inside of the line, Raji's role would be enhanced if Pickett can't play or is limited Sunday with a hamstring injury. ... DE Cullen Jenkins didn't practice again Thursday. The starter emerged from the last game with hamstring soreness. The team is hopeful Jenkins will practice Friday and be OK to play this weekend. ... DE Johnny Jolly also was held out for a second straight day Thursday. The starter aggravated a knee injury Monday. As with Jenkins, the Packers are keeping their fingers crossed that Jolly can give it a go Friday in practice and then play Sunday. ... TE Jermichael Finley was again limited in practice Thursday. He is trying to overcome a knee bruise that knocked him out of a portion of Monday's game. The injury isn't considered serious, so Finley figures to be OK for Sunday.
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