Packers-Bears Final Injury Report

Coach Mike McCarthy said both exceeded their prescribed workload during a Friday morning workout. Three injured defensive starters are listed as probable, as is quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY)

The Green Bay Packers’ starting guards, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, are listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against Chicago.

In what could be construed as good news, coach Mike McCarthy said both exceeded their prescribed workload during a Friday morning workout. Sitton said he had a pretty good idea on whether or not he would play, though he wasn’t going to tip his hand.

“I’m going to see how it feels tomorrow,” he said. “It’s still a little swollen up. We have to see how it reacts to the workout today. That was part of the reason about doing the workout today was so we could see how sore it is tomorrow and go from there.”

The next hurdle will be medical evaluations on Saturday. If all goes well, they’ll go through the team’s light practice later in the day.

On Friday, Lang said he wouldn’t bet against them playing. Their history says as much. Since becoming a starter in 2009, Sitton has missed two games. Since becoming a starter in 2011, Lang has missed one game.

“That’s pro football. They’re old-school pros,” McCarthy said. “You don’t really wait around to feel good to play. If you think that’s reality, there wouldn’t be a lot of guys playing on Sundays. They fight through all the different levels of things they have to deal with. I think it’s a real credit to both those guys. I think that’s what you look for.”

Sitton said it’s “possible” he will need surgery after the season.

“Where it’s at right now, no,” he said. “It will heal on its own, but I’m assuming if I go out and play with it, it’s not going to get any better the next eight weeks. We’ll see how that goes. Hopefully, I don’t need surgery.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), cornerback Sam Shields (knee), safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) are probable.

“I just got done meeting with Aaron. He feels good,” McCarthy said, noting a “full game plan” has been installed for the Rodgers-led offense. “He had a couple throws to his left yesterday, so it’s really kind of the last thing he wanted to feel and see. He’s ready to go.”

The news isn’t as good for first-year receiver Kevin Dorsey. He sustained what McCarthy labeled a “significant” foot injury at Thursday’s practice. He is out for Sunday and will be out “multiple weeks.”

GREEN BAY PACKERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Morgan BurnettSCalfFullFullFullProbable
Kevin DorseyWRFoot--LimitedDNPOut
Datone JonesDEAnkleFullFullFullProbable
T.J. LangGAnkleDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable
Aaron RodgersQBHamstringFullFullFullProbable
Sam ShieldsCBKneeFullFullFullProbable
Josh SittonGToeDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable

Chicago Bears

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Martellus BennettTERibs--LimitedDNPQuestionable
Jonathan BosticLBBackFullFullFullProbable
Lance BriggsLBRibsFullFullFullProbable
Eben BrittonG/TIllnessDNPDNPDNPOut
Kyle FullerCBHip/HandFullFullFullProbable
Danny McCraySKneeFullFullFullProbable
Jordan MillsTFootFullFullFullProbable
Darryl SharptonLBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut
Matt SlausonGChestOutOutOutOut

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