GREEN BAY - The Green Bay coaching staff had to piece together a defensive unit that wound up suffering a rash of injuries throughout the team's 20-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Safety Darren Sharper was helped off the field midway through the third quarter with bruised ribs. Sharper fell hard on his back after knocking down a pass attempt. He was taken to the locker room for precautionary X-rays on his ribs and replaced by Marques Anderson.
Rookie middle linebacker Nick Barnett twisted his right ankle in the first quarter and returned for a few base downs, but eventually left the game in the second quarter and didn't return. Torrance Marshall filled in the rest of the way.
"I made the tackle and was on the ground and I jumped up and when I came down, I turned it," said Barnett. "It wasn't even on a real play. It's crazy how it happened, but it happened, unfortunately."
Barnett said he had the ankle X-rayed, but no break was revealed.
Backup defensive tackle Kenny Peterson twisted his right knee in the second quarter and never returned.
Extra points: Favre's 66-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Javon Walker in the first quarter was the Packers' longest pass play of the season. It was also the longest reception of Walker's career.
* Kicker Ryan Longwell set a team record for career field goals with 174 after he drilled a 37-yarder midway through the fourth quarter.
The kick also gave Longwell 802 career points to become just the third player in team history to reach the 800-point plateau. Don Hutson finished with 823, followed by Chris Jacke, who finished with 820.