House on Tuesday said he sustained a fractured scapula when he broke up a pass to Julio Jones during the fourth quarter of the Dec. 8 game against Atlanta. He’s missed the past two games.
“I feel comfortable being back this week,” House said. “Christmas is coming up. Hopefully, I get a gift from the doctors and get cleared, and I’ll be out there.”
For House to get the green light for Sunday’s NFC North showdown vs. Detroit, he’ll need to be cleared by the training staff. And he’ll have to fight through the pain. He took a step in that direction at Tuesday’s practice, where he did some individual work with cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt.
“It feels good. It feels good,” House said. “Felt good running. I haven’t hit no one yet, but the running part is good.”
House said he feels “10 times better” than he did at this point a week ago.
“I wasn’t able to run (last week),” House said. “Plus, it was hard for me to take off my T-shirt and stuff like that when it happened, I can do everything that I want to do — scratch my back with the same hand. Just really waiting to get cleared.”
Certainly, House would be an asset against Detroit. In the Week 3 loss at Ford Field, House spent part of the game on All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson. In three passes thrown to Johnson, Johnson caught one pass for 15 yards but House made an end-zone interception. He also fared well when matched late in the Atlanta game against Jones by breaking up two passes.
“I think I did decent against (Johnson) last year (too),” House said. “I made some plays, but, I guess since he’s a bigger guy, it’d be good for me. He’s still the best in the league, and I don’t think anyone can cover him one-on-one.”
As much as House wants to play against Detroit or in the playoffs, he also knows the other end of the spectrum. Maybe he won’t be cleared to play. Or maybe he won’t be able to handle the pain. That could mean his season is over — and his Green Bay career, as well, since he’s in his final year under contract.
“It’s frustrating because, it’s sad to say, I might have played my last game as a Packer,” House said. “Which sucks, but we’re going into the playoffs, which is good. Hopefully, we can pull it together, get this win Sunday and get this bye week.”email@example.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.