"We're very banged up playing on that (artificial) turf," said Packers coach Mike Sherman, whose team was embarrassed 35-13 by the Vikings on Sunday. "I wanted to give them an opportunity if they wanted to go home and see their moms and dads, brothers and sisters or wives, so I moved the week up just a day. Our first (priority) is to get healthy. That's our No. 1 goal."
Other players such as cornerback Tyrone Williams (groin) and linebacker Nate Wayne (knee) also have been hurting. All of the above are expected to be ready to face the Buccaneers, including Butler, who suffered perhaps the most severe injury on the team in Sunday's loss at the Metrodome. Butler sustained sprained cartilage in his chest while tackling Vikings tight end Byron Chamberlain in the first quarter.
"I'm confident he'll be back (for Tampa Bay)," Sherman said.