Maybe that’s coincidence. Or maybe it’s not. Either way, when these NFC powers collide on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, they’ll have most of their key players available.
The Packers have only four players listed on their injury report, with starting guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) listed as probable and reserves Brandon Bostick (hip) and Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) out. For Philadelphia, its five-man list includes four players who are probable; only quarterback Nick Foles (broken collarbone) is out.
During the first eight years of coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure, the Packers averaged 11.75 players on their Week 11 injury reports. That includes 11 last year, 16 in 2009 and 2012, and 14 in 2006. The healthiest the Packers have been at this time of year had been 2011, when only seven players were on the report.
Is it the practice schedule? That’s an unanswerable question. And McCarthy, whose teams have been perennially plagued by injuries, didn’t want to answer it.
“Let’s talk about that after the season because I don’t want to jinx it. I mean, the numbers are good,” he said on Friday.
Lang and Sitton were limited participation on Thursday. They would not have participated had the team practiced on Friday.
“Looks good, looks good,” McCarthy said of their outlook for Sunday. “T.J. and Josh had a good day yesterday, going through rehab today and just doing light work. As far as what they’re going to do tomorrow, it’ll probably be next to nothing. I want to make sure the younger players get the reps.”
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