Three things haven’t changed since Wednesday for the Green Bay Packers:
First, veteran Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol.
Second, the Packers seem thin at cornerback, with Shields and rookie Josh Hawkins (hamstring) potentially out for Sunday night’s game at Minnesota.
Third, the Packers have an open roster spot.
Before Thursday’s practice, coach Mike McCarthy thought the Packers were “so far, so good” in terms of their plan at cornerback, a position with only Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter as healthy bodies. Versatile safety Micah Hyde is a possibility to help if needed.
“That’s why you practice, and these are things really when you go back to training camp and you’re in your installation phase, that’s what you rely on,” McCarthy said. “You have to have different combinations of personnel and the ability to move guys around.”
Complicating things for Shields is he missed four games with a concussion last season.
Randall was excellent against Jacksonville and Rollins was up and down and up again.
Hawkins, Shields, safety Chris Banjo (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) were the only players who did not practice. Receiver Jeff Janis made to nice catches while still wearing a club-cast to protect a broken hand.
For the Vikings, left tackle Matt Kalil, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd sat out practice for a second consecutive day.
|S Chris Banjo (hamstring)||DNP||DNP|
|WR Trevor Davis (shoulder)||Limited||Full|
|OLB Jayrone Elliott (hamstring)||DNP||DNP|
|CB Josh Hawkins (hamstring)||DNP||DNP|
|WR Jeff Janis (hand)||Full||Full|
|CB Sam Shields (concussion)||DNP||DNP|
|C Nick Easton (ankle)||Limited||Limited|
|TE Rhett Ellison (knee)||Full||Full|
|DT Sharrif Floyd (knee)||DNP||DNP|
|WR Charles Johnson (quad)||Full||Full|
|LT Matt Kalil (hip)||DNP||DNP|
|LB Eric Kendricks (ankle)||Full||Full|
|RB Jerick McKinnon (foot/lower leg)||Limited||Full|
|RB Adrian Peterson (ankle)||Full||Full|
|TE MyCole Pruitt (knee)||DNP||DNP|
|CB Xavier Rhodes (knee)||DNP||DNP|
|TE Kyle Rudolph (knee)||Full||Full|
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