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Injuries Leave Packers’ OLB Corps Limited

Only Jayrone Elliott and James Starks did not practice on Wednesday. Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews were listed as full participation.

The Green Bay Packers’ outside linebacker corps might face the Minnesota Vikings with one hand tied behind its back.

Nick Perry, who has missed the last two games with an injured hand sustained early in the Week 13 game against Houston, returned to practice with a big club-cast on his left hand.

Clay Matthews has been battling through a shoulder injury suffered early in the Week 12 game at Philadelphia.

Jayrone Elliott, who had received more playing time of late because of the injuries, showed up at practice with a club-cast on his left hand due to an injury sustained last week at Chicago.

That left 36-year-old Julius Peppers, Datone Jones and rookie Kyler Fackrell – who returned last week after missing the past three games with an injured hamstring -- as the only outside linebackers not listed on the injury report.

“Nick did some things (Tuesday) with our training staff as far as getting comfortable with the cast, so we’re going to try to do some things today,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday morning. “It’s a process. He’s working through it.”

Perry and Matthews took limited reps during the portion of practice open to reporters, though Matthews was listed as full participation. Only Elliott and running back James Starks (concussion) did not participate. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who did not practice last week, was full participation.

For the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson (knee/groin), receiver Stefon Diggs (hip) and safety Harrison Smith (ankle) were among those not practicing.

Peterson said he took the day to “rehab and recover,” but he didn’t commit to playing on Saturday.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time, resting up. Like I said, just came out with a couple nicks,” he said. “Just taking it one day at a time and see how I feel.”

Randall Cobb, WR Ankle Limited
Jayrone Elliott, LB Hand DNP
T.J. Lang, G Foot/Back Limited
Clay Matthews, LB Shoulder Full
Nick Perry, LB Hand Limited
Damarious Randall, CB Shoulder Limited
Aaron Rodgers, QB Calf Full
James Starks, RB Concussion DNP
Lane Taylor, G Hip Limited
JC Tretter, C/G Knee Limited
Mackensie Alexander, CB Abdomen Limited
Stefon Diggs, WR Hip DNP
Brandon Fusco, G Concussion DNP
Charles Johnson, WR Knee Full
Zach Line, FB Concussion Limited
Adrian Peterson, RB Knee/Groin DNP
Marcus Sherels, CB Rib Full
Jeremiah Sirles, T Ankle Full
Harrison Smith, S Ankle DNP
Laquon Treadwell, WR Ankle DNP
Trae Waynes, CB Concussion Limited

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