Packers-Broncos game notes

Injury updates and more...

After missing the season finale, receiver Robert Ferguson (Achilles tendon), cornerback Mike McKenzie (toe) and nose tackle Gilbert Brown (knee) are expected to be available for Sunday's NFC Wild Card game against Seattle.

In the season finale, left guard Mike Wahle broke his left ring finger in the second quarter but returned to action with a cast on his hand. Running back Najeh Davenport had X-rays on his neck that were negative after landing on his head at the end of a play and also returned to action. Linebacker Na'il Diggs injured his shoulder in the third quarter and was replaced by Paris Lennon. The severity of the injury was uncertain immediately after the game.

EXTRA POINTS: Before Green had even caught his breath from his 20th touchdown of the season, linebacker Marcus Wilkins scored the first of his career.

Just eight seconds after Green's 98-yard run, Wilkins pounced on a fumbled kickoff return to give Green Bay their final points of the day. The Broncos Adrian Madise let Ryan Longwell's kickoff bounce in front of him, then kicked it as he tried to pick it up. By the time Madise had gotten his handle, Packer's defensive back James Whitley wrapped him up, spun him around near the goal line and popped the ball loose. While Whitley was unable to pull the ball in, Wilkins jumped on it.

"It was just one of those plays and it happened to work out that I was the one that landed on the ball and I was excited about it," Wilkins said.

Additional notes:

  • Michael Hawthorne made his second consecutive start in the place of injured cornerback Mike McKenzie. The fourth-year player from Purdue had four tackles and one pass defensed, but his best play was on special teams where he caught up with and collared Broncos kick returner Deltha O'Neal for a touchdown-saving tackle.
  • Jackson made his first start as a Packer in place of the injured Brown. Javon Walker started at flanker for Donald Driver who moved to split end to replace Ferguson.
  • For just the second time in franchise history and the first time since the 1943 season, the Packers closed out the season with four games of 30 or more points. The 144 points the team scored in December is their highest total ever for that month.

GAMEDAY INACTIVES: Packers inactive for the Denver contest included McKenzie, cornerback Derek Combs, tackle Brennan Curtin, tackle/guard Marcus Spriggs, Ferguson, Brown and defensive end Jamal Reynolds. Craig Nall was the third quarterback.

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