Injury Update: Flu Bug Bites the OL

Laura gives us an up-to-the-minute update on the Packers wounded, and the ill, such as OL Chad Clifton (pictured)...

Packer offensive linemen Chad Clifton and Kevin Barry are suffering from the flu and were unable to practice Wednesday. They are not expected to participate as the team wraps up the week of practice before heading to Philadelphia, but should be able to play Sunday.

Team members are encouraged to receive flu shots, but it is not mandatory. It is not known if Clifton and Barry received flu shots.

Vincent optimistic: Former Badger and perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent is hopeful about his chances to play Sunday as his Eagles take on the Packers in the NFC Divisional playoffs at Lincoln Financial Field.

"I am going to let my body determine whether I should be able to play," Vincent said Wednesday.

Vincent suffered a hip injury in mid-December and sat out the Eagles' final two regular season games. Thanks to the luxury of the bye week for top-seeded Philly, Vincent is listed as probable for Sunday's game, but said he'll be a game-day decision.

Vincent practiced Wednesday with the first-team defense.

"I'm trying to do a little more each day, without doing too much, to have a setback," he said.

If Vincent can't go Sunday, the Eagles have depth at the position with Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, both second-year players.

To splint or not to splint: After practicing without a splint on his broken thumb prior to the wild-card game vs. Seattle, quarterback Brett Favre decided just before the game to go with the safer bet. It seemed to work as Favre turned in one of his best performances of the season in Green Bay's overtime win.

Although the hairline fracture of his right thumb is still not completely healed, Favre is able to continue practicing without the splint. Now, headed into Sunday's playoff game in Philadelphia, he has to reassess the injury.

Since suffering the injury Oct. 19 in St. Louis, Favre has not missed a beat. After that game the Packers had a bye week,  and have gone 8-2 since then, including last week's playoff win. Favre has completed a shade under 60 percent of his passes in those 10 games (206-of-346) for 2,419 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The last time the thumb was an issue was against this same opponent, the Eagles, back on Nov. 10 at Lambeau. The rainy weather, the relatively new and very painful injury as well as experimentation with different splint coverings all contributed to an unstable situation with the thumb.

Nwokorie may be back: Don't count out defensive end Chukie Nwokorie for this weekend's game, despite the fact that he will probably need surgery on his broken right wrist.

Nwokorie had to miss last weekend's wild card game due to the injury suffered in the regular-season finale vs. Denver. He met with a hand specialist this week, and returned to practice Wednesday with a large cast covering his forearm.

"It's just a matter of being able to function with the (arm) the way it is," coach Mike Sherman told the media after Wednesday's practice. "Probably at the end of the s eason we'll need to put a screw in there, but right now he can go with a cast if he can function with a cast or a club. That's the determining factor for this week."

Nwokorie, a fifth-year pro who came to the Packers from the Colts via free agency this year, tallied 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble during the regular season. He played in 14 games and saw considerable action every week since the bye in mid-October until injury sidelined him last week.

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