Is the cavalry on the way?
Running back James Starks, who has missed the last four games following knee surgery? He practiced on Wednesday.
Tight end Jared Cook, who has missed the last five games with an ankle injury? He practiced on Wednesday.
Even cornerback Damarious Randall, who has missed the last three games following groin surgery, did some sharp cutting while catching passes from a JUGS machine. He was officially listed as did not participate.
"I was cutting pretty good," Randall said. "I was getting a feel for it and just taking it day by day. I’m just glad that everything is going as well as it’s going. I’m pretty encouraged because it was another productive day."
Randall's not going to rush his comeback. However, he also said he didn't rush his comeback from the original groin injury. Randall suffered the injury vs. Detroit in Week 3. After a Week 4 bye and being a Week 5 inactive, he returned to play against the Cowboys in Week 6 -- knowing that he'd probably need surgery at some point.
"Coming back just confirmed that," he said.
Wednesday's drills with the JUGS machine, with Randall backpedalling and then cutting to get the ball, were a positive step in his comeback.
"It could be this week; it could be next week," Randall said. "I don’t know. I’m just taking it day by day. I’m just happy with the way everything is recovering."
Before practice, McCarthy said he wanted to ramp up the workload for Starks and Cook to see if they’re ready for Sunday’s game at Tennessee. They did a little at practice on Thursday but appeared to be doing much more at the start of Wednesday's workout.
“James is going to practice. We’ll just see how it goes. Same with Jared,” McCarthy said. “If you want to put it in a classification or category, I’d say limited, but we’re going to cut them loose today and then tomorrow’s the padded work so that’ll be the best indication on where they are.”
The only players who didn’t practice during the portion of practice open to reporters were outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring/personal), guard T.J. Lang (hip), center J.C. Tretter (knee) and defensive tackle Letroy Guion (not injury related). Matthews missed a second consecutive game last week because of a hamstring injury. He had a setback on Friday, which left him on the inactives list for the third time this year.
“I really don’t have a bead on Clay yet,” McCarthy said. “He’s the one player we haven’t had a visit on. He had a positive personal experience yesterday so I have not spoken to him.”
|WR Randall Cobb||Hamstring||Limited|
|TE Jared Cook||Ankle||Limited|
|DT Letroy Guion||Not injury related||DNP|
|DB Micah Hyde||Shoulder||Limited|
|G T.J. Lang||Hip||DNP|
|OLB Clay Matthews||Hamstring||DNP|
|CB Damarious Randall||Groin||DNP|
|CB Quinten Rollins||Groin||Limited|
|RB James Starks||Knee||Limited|
|C J.C. Tretter||Knee||DNP|
|OT Jack Conklin||Elbow||Limited|
|RB Derrick Henry||Calf||DNP|
|S Rashad Johnson||Neck||Full|
|RB DeMarco Murray||Foot||DNP|
|G Quinton Spain||Knee||Full|
|TE Delanie Walker||Groin||Full|
|LB Aaron Wallace||Shoulder||Full|
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