The Green Bay Packers had their last break of the season, the four-day weekend being the payoff for playing on Thursday night. Now begins the 10-week grind in hopes of securing a playoff berth.
Since the Packers don’t have to release an injury report until Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t forthcoming with injury information on Tuesday — other than to confirm that cornerback Damarious Randall had surgery to repair a groin injury.
“Damarious had surgery, so he will be out this week,” McCarthy said. “That’s about the extent of the injury report that I’ll get into, because we’ll obviously release it tomorrow. He will not be available this week, though.”
Here are some other updates, as provided by the smattering of players who were available:
CB Quinten Rollins: Without Sam Shields (injured reserve) and Randall, the Packers certainly could use Rollins against the Falcons’ high-flying passing attack. Rollins has missed the last two games with a groin injury. He said he’s “doing a little better” and added, “It’s only Tuesday. Just going to take it day by day and see how the rest of the week goes, and the decision will be made.”
Randall: For his part, Randall wouldn’t even say he had surgery. ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky broke the news of the surgery on Monday. On Tuesday, Randall playfully suggested that Demovsky “get some new sources.” As for the injury, Randall said: “I’m day to day. I could play Sunday, for real, for real. I’m day to day.”
RB Don Jackson: The rookie running back had dreamed of playing in his first NFL game. His dream didn’t include getting whacked on the hand while attempting to catch a pass and getting knocked out of his NFL debut after six snaps. Repeating what he said after the game, Jackson said the hand wasn’t broken but swelling and stiffness is an issue. “It’s hard to do normal stuff. But you never know how much you miss the game until you ain’t got it. But it’s moving forward. It’s moving forward like it’s supposed to. The trainers, they’re pretty optimistic about it. They keep saying, ‘Let’s just keep at it, keep at it, keep at it.’ We’ve still got five days, so we’ve still got some time. It’s already taken, I think, a dramatic leap from Sunday till now. I couldn’t even have anybody touch it, and now it’s to the point where I can move it a little bit. I have a little bit of grip, but not a lot of strength.”
TE Jared Cook: Cook suffered an ankle injury during the Week 3 game against Detroit. He said he “probably” won’t be ready to face the Falcons on Sunday, a blow for an offense that could use as many playmakers as possible in anticipation of a potential shootout vs. Atlanta. “When it comes to injuries, you just have to be smart,” he said. “You just have to take your time and let it heal. You can’t rush it. It’s terrible the situation that we’re in as a team, as whole right now. It’s tough man, it really is.”
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