Packers-Vikings Injury Report: Thursday

Three key starters - Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton - were all limited participation at Thursday's practice and are optimistic about how their bodies are responding. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When Clay Matthews was fighting through an injured groin at Chicago earlier this season, he returned an interception about 40 yards before stepping out of bounds for precautionary reasons.

Matthews sustained a minor groin injury last week against Philadelphia. After another strong day of practice on Thursday, Matthews said, “I might go 50 yards” if he gets an interception on Sunday at Minnesota.

Matthews, the Green Bay Packers’ star linebacker, was limited for a second consecutive day. There’s almost doubt he will play on Sunday at Minnesota.

“I was a little sore after the game in regards to the injury with my groin and everything,” Matthews said. “I was able to do a lot more today than I was yesterday. Obviously, we don’t work on Friday; that’s our rehab day. I feel good. So, I don’t think there were will be any limitations going into this weekend.”

Starting guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe) were limited on Thursday, as well. Lang and Sitton have played through their injuries on limited practice time the last two weeks without any setbacks or noticeable drop-off in their play.

“I think today we did more than we did last week,” Lang said. “I imagine it’s probably going to be the same next week. Just continue to handle whatever I feel I can handle with the injury. I was talking to Josh (and it’s) similar to him. I think both of us are happy with the fact we’re not regressing at all. We’re taking the time, handling the time smart as far as the rehab goes and when to push it and making sure we’re as healthy as possible on Sundays. It’s something that I’ve never been a big fan of missing practice, but with a circumstance like this late in the season it’s very important to make sure No. 1 you’re getting healthier as the week goes on.”

McCarthy said he’s “not concerned” about Lang and Sitton taking any full-speed reps at Saturday’s practice because they’ve at least gone through the walk-throughs to get familiar with the plan.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Brandon BostickTEHipDNPDNP
Jarrett BushCBGroinDNPDNP
Jayrone ElliottOLBHamstringLimitedLimited
T.J. LangGAnkleDNPLimited
Clay MatthewsLBGroinLimitedLimited
Nick PerryLBShoulderDNPDNP
Josh SittonGToeDNPLimited

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Matt AsiataRBConcussionDNPDNP
Anthony BarrLBKneeLimitedLimited
Scott CrichtonDEHipFullFull
Sharif FloydDTKneeLimitedDNP
Everson GriffenDENeckLimitedFull
Mike HarrisOTAnkleDNPLimited
Greg Jennings WRRibDNPDNP
Jerick McKinnonRBBackDNPLimited
Xavier RhodesCBAnkleLimitedFull
Kyle RudolphTEAb/GroinFullFull
Jarius WrightWRHamstringDNPLimited

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