Preparation Gives Williams Chance

Pro Bowl cornerback Tramon Williams is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina. Plus, the final injury reports and more from Friday.

Pro Bowl Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams didn't practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.

"We'll give him the next 48 hours to still have a chance," coach Mike McCarthy said after Friday's practice. "I was hopeful that he would be able to do some work today. Mentally, I do not worry about Tramon. Tramon is a front-row, pen-in-your-hand (kind of guy who takes) great notes and (his) mental preparation has always been excellent. So, I'm not worried about him mentally not being ready to go. This is purely a medical decision, and if he's physically ready, then he'll play. If not, then we'll go the other direction."

Williams injured a shoulder while colliding with safety Nick Collins during the fourth quarter of last week's game against the Saints. McCarthy was encouraged by the amount of work Williams has done in rehab. However, because the Panthers are as apt to run a two-tight-end set as line up with three receivers, the Packers might err on the side of caution with Williams — especially with a big division game at Chicago next week.

If Williams is held out, Sam Shields would move into the starting lineup and the third cornerback would be some combination of Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee. Those two helped the Packers win the Super Bowl after Charles Woodson and Shields were injured in the second quarter against the Steelers.

"I'm confident with the group," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. "I like what Jarrett has done, I like what Patrick has done coming in. They've shown that they can come in and get you through a game and play winning football. We'll have to do some different things but they understand their roles. I feel very confident – the standard is the standard and we're not changing it. We're going to play at that level. Some things we might have to do differently but that's not going to change what we need to get to, and that's playing high-level football."

Packers injury report

Out — DE Mike Neal (knee); OLB Vic So'oto (back); OLB Frank Zombo (shoulder). Questionable — CB Tramon Williams (shoulder; did not participate); RB Alex Green (Achilles; limited). Probable — LT Chad Clifton (knee; did not participate); TE Jermichael Finley (knee; limited); CB Davon House (ankle; full); TE Ryan Taylor (hip; full).

Clifton did not participate, which is the typical Friday schedule.

The Achilles is a new problem for Green.

"I was watching him go through the ball-security drill, and he was dragging his leg," McCarthy said. "They took him inside, tried a different shoe, and as far as the tape job and so forth, he felt immediate relief. So, I'm not really sure the extent of his injury."

Panthers injury report

Doubtful — RT Jeff Otah (concussion; did not participate). Probable — LB Thomas Davis (groin; full); WR Kealoha Pilares (ankle; full); CB Josh Thomas (thigh; full).

Otah will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Byron Bell.

Four-point stance

 — With Taylor apparently healthy and lining up on some of the No. 1 special teams this week, might the Packers keep all five tight ends up on the 46-man gameday roster? "I understand why you're asking, but really the game plan, your injuries, there's so many factors that play into that," McCarthy said. "There's 53 members on our football team, and why we go heavy at one position versus the other, it could be the team we're playing against, it could be our medical report, performance based. All of those things factor into who comes up on the 46."

Clay Matthews captured the fan vote to win the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. Matthews, among others, stopped New Orleans' Mark Ingram from the 1-yard line on the final play last week to clinch a 42-34 victory.

— Fans also voted Randall Cobb as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week after his two-touchdown performance against the Saints. He beat out Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who threw for a rookie-record 422 yards against Arizona.

— He might not have thrown for 517 yards last week, like New England's Tom Brady, but Aaron Rodgers is the betting favorite to lead the NFL in passing yards, according to gambling site Inspin.com. Rodgers is listed as plus-100, meaning to win $100, you have to bet $100. Brady is next at plus-200, followed by Drew Brees at plus-300, Philip Rivers at plus-400 and Matthew Stafford and plus-500.


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