Four Starters Out; Hawk Questionable

A.J. Hawk returned to practice on Friday and could start on Sunday against Oakland. Listed as out were Desmond Bishop, Josh Sitton, James Starks and Chad Clifton. That and more from Friday.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has ruled out four starters for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, but inside linebacker A.J. Hawk was listed as questionable.

Hawk and Desmond Bishop sustained calf injuries against Detroit on Thanksgiving, and both missed last week's game against the Giants. Hawk returned to practice on Friday in a limited capacity and might play. Rookie D.J. Smith will replace Bishop in the lineup.

"I thought he looked good at practice today," McCarthy said. "We'll talk about a plan for A.J. at our 1 o'clock game management meeting. We'll see how A.J. feels in the morning. That will determine his status for the game. Everything looked positive. Dr. (Pat) McKenzie felt good about A.J., just the way he progressed through the week. So, we'll see what (Saturday) brings."

If Hawk can play, he'll be flanked by Smith. Last week, Smith lined up alongside Robert Francois, giving the Packers a young and inexperienced inside tandem. If Hawk can play, Smith would have a veteran to lean on and could just play rather than having to think his way through being the defensive signal-caller.

"I think D.J.'s done a good job," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "Here's a young guy that stepped in and has played a lot in two games. I thought he did a good job in terms of handling the calls, communication. He's got good football instincts."

Hawk ranks third on the team with 75 tackles, according to the coaches' count, behind Bishop (119) and safety Morgan Burnett (79).

"We've got to see what the trainers say because this is the first work he's gotten all week," Capers said of Hawk. "We'll see what they say and then just decide what role, if any role, that he'll have with us. We kind of put a lot of weight on what the medical people say because we've got to look at the big picture moving forward."

Running back James Starks, guard Josh Sitton and left tackle Chad Clifton were the other starters listed as out, as was rookie linebacker Vic So'oto.

Packers injury report

Out — LB Desmond Bishop (calf); LT Chad Clifton (hamstring/back); G Josh Sitton (knee); LB Vic So'oto (back); RB James Starks (ankle/knee). Questionable: LB A.J. Hawk (calf). Probable: CB Charles Woodson (concussion).

Raiders injury report

Out: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone); WR Jacoby Ford (foot); RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring); RB Darren McFadden (foot); WR Denarius Moore (foot). Questionable: DT John Henderson (knee; did not participate). Probable: TE Kevin Boss (hip; full); S Michael Huff (ankle; full); DT Tommy Kelly (toe; limited); DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring; limited); WR Chaz Schilens (foot; limited); DE Trevor Scott (shoulder; limited); DT Richard Seymour (knee; limited).

Moore and Ford are the Raiders' Nos. 2 and 3 receivers, behind Darrius Heyward-Bay. Raiders coach Hue Jackson put Moore and Ford through workouts on Friday and said they were getting close to returning but this would not be the week.

Four-point stance

— Veteran left tackle Chad Clifton, who went down with a serious hamstring injury in the Week 5 game against Atlanta and then hurt his back while rehabbing, might practice next week, McCarthy said.

— A week after a strong performance against Detroit's Kyle VandenBosch, Marshall Newhouse had a tough time with the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul. Still, there are no signs that he'll be unseated at left tackle by first-round pick Derek Sherrod.

"Right now, we like the rotation of what Marshall's done," McCarthy said. "We have the ability to rotate Derek in there. We worked the same plan last week as we did this week. We'll see how this game unfolds. "

— The Raiders' Jackson said he'd put his team through an outdoor walkthrough practice upon arriving in Wisconsin on Saturday to get acclimated to the weather. It's supposed to be a relatively nice day on Sunday, with sunny skies and a high of 36.

— Fans who voted at selected Aaron Rodgers' game-winning drive as the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. That's the second Packers victory of the award this season, with Clay Matthews' goal-line tackle to save the New Orleans game winning the honor in Week 1. Also nominated were Tim Tebow, who won in Week 7 and Weeks 10-12, and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Rodgers also won the FedEx Air Player of the Week, as voted on by fans at It's his sixth win in the Air category this season.

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