Health will be one of the primary points of emphasis as the Green Bay Packers get ready for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers don’t have much time to bounce back physically from Sunday evening’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Fifteen players were listed on the initial injury report, though that lengthy list did not include quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was limited at Wednesday’s practice with an injured throwing shoulder but was a full participant on Thursday and threw with his typical zip against the Vikings.
“It’s feeling OK, Rodgers said after the game. “It doesn’t help when it’s 30 degrees, but when I was able to get loosened up pregame, it felt good. So, I’ll be fine from here on out.”
If the Packers would have practiced on Monday, receivers Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, center Corey Linsley, defensive back Micah Hyde and defensive tackle Mike Pennel would not have participated. Coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful for Linsley and Hyde, though he'd have a clearer picture on Tuesday.
“The biggest challenge on a short turnaround for Thursday night football frankly is the health of the team,” McCarthy said on Monday. “I've always felt that was the biggest challenge, particularly when you have a player that may have an injury that he could get himself back in seven days as opposed to four or five. I think that's the biggest challenge.”
Four of the five members of the offensive line are on the list, with Linsley and Bulaga joined by guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who sat out the final 30 snaps against Detroit eight days ago because of a knee injury, is not on the list.
Noteworthy for Chicago, tight end Martellus Bennett, receiver Eddie Royal and safety Antrel Rolle would not have practiced.
Packers Injury Report
Player (injury): Monday
Jared Abbrederis, WR (Rib/Chest): DNP
Davante Adams, WR (Ankle): Limited
Bryan Bulaga, T (Knee): DNP
Morgan Burnett, S (Ankle): Limited
Jayrone Elliott, LB (Ankle): Limited
Micah Hyde, DB (Hip): DNP
Eddie Lacy, RB (Ankle): Limited
T.J. Lang, G (Shoulder): Limited
Corey Linsley, C (Ankle): DNP
Clay Matthews, LB (Ankle/Knee): Limited
Ty Montgomery, WR (Ankle): DNP
Mike Pennel, DT (Quadricep): DNP
Damarious Randall, CB (Hamstring): Limited
Aaron Ripkowski, FB (Ankle): Limited
Josh Sitton, G (Knee): Limited
Bears Injury Report
Player (injury): Monday
Martellus Bennett, TE (Ribs): DNP
Ka'Deem Carey, RB (Head): DNP
Matt Forte, RB (Knee): Limited
Alshon Jeffery, WR (Groin): Limited
Jarvis Jenkins, DL (Chest): Limited
Sherrod Martin, S (Neck): DNP
Pernell McPhee, LB (Knee): Limited
LaRoy Reynolds, LB (Knee): Limited
Antrel Rolle, S (Knee): DNP
Eddie Royal, WR (Knee): DNP
Marquess Wilson, WR (Groin): Limited
Note: The teams didn’t practice on Monday; this is an estimation.
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