Packers-Panthers Injury Report: Wednesday

Neither of the starting cornerbacks practiced on Wednesday, with Tramon Williams the most likely to play on Sunday against Carolina. Two other injured starters, however, did practice. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he will give “every opportunity” for starting cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shields to play on Sunday against Carolina.

Shields sustained a knee injury during the second half of Sunday’s game at Miami. He went down before the first snap of the Dolphins’ second offensive series of the half. Williams injured an ankle on the second play of that possession, when he got caught up in linebacker Brad Jones’ tackle of Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline. Neither player practiced on Wednesday. McCarthy said Williams “is closer” to returning than Shields.

Since the start of the 2007 season, Williams has missed just one game -- at Carolina in Week 2 of the 2011 season with shoulder injury. That's also the only game he hasn't started since the start of the 2010 season.

Fortunately for the Packers, they have plenty of depth with Davon House and Casey Hayward in reserve. Last week, Jarrett Bush served as the nickel corner after the injuries but the Packers potentially could turn to safety/cornerback Micah Hyde in that role.

“It’s huge,” House said of the depth. “A lot of other teams if two of their starting cornerbacks go down, they’re starting to panic. Here, there’s no panicking if Tramon or Sam don’t go. It seems like nothing is going to change.”

A third starter injured in that game, inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore (stinger), returned and was limited. A fourth starter, defensive end Datone Jones, who missed the game with an ankle injury, was limited, as well.

For Carolina, the Panthers are dealing with a bunch of injuries. At least they're better at running back. Jonathan Stewart was full participation. Last week against Cincinnati, the Panthers had neither Stewart or starter DeAngelo Williams, which forced quarterback Cam Newton to shoulder the running game.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Sam BarringtonILBHamstringFull
Josh BoydDTKneeFull
Jarrett BoykinWRGroinLimited
Datone JonesDEAnkleLimited
Jamari LattimoreILBNeckLimited
Sam ShieldsCBKneeDNP
Tramon WilliamsCBKneeDNP

CAROLINA PANTHERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Kelvin BenjaminWRConcussionDNP
Bene BenwikereCBAnkleDNP
Chase BlackburnLBKneeDNP
Thomas DavisLBNot injury relatedDNP
Dwan EdwardsDTNot injury relatedDNP
Roman HarperSNot injury relatedDNP
Josh NormanCBConcussionLimited
Greg OlsenTEAnkleDNP
Darrin ReavesRBCalfLimited
Amini SilatoluGCalfDNP
Jonathan StewartRBKneeFull
Fozzy WhittakerRBThighDNP
DeAngelo WilliamsRBAnkleDNP

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