Green a question for Friday

After giving the team a scare in Friday's loss at Jacksonville, Ahman Green's availability for the preseason finale at Tennessee is uncertain.

Packers coach Mike Sherman said he'd make his yes-or-no decision on Green later in the week. If it were up to Sherman, his standout running back would play in Friday's game, but he's not about to risk anything.

"Just from a rhythm standpoint, getting our offense together, it would be nice to (play him)," Sherman said. "But if there's any risk involved, then I would avoid that risk and sit him down."

Green's top backup, Najeh Davenport, returned to practice after missing about a week with a tight hamstring. He's likely to play against the Titans, and will share snaps at halfback with Tony Fisher as well as fullback Nick Luchey.

Green was one of eight Packers who were out of action Monday. The only other starter out of the lineup was cornerback Michael Hawthorne, but he may practice Tuesday after straining his back against the Jaguars.

The rest of a short injury list included linebacker Torrance Marshall (hamstring), tight end David Martin (knee), defensive end Chukie Nwokorie (hamstring), defensive tackles Larry Smith (quadriceps) and Donnell Washington (arch), offensive tackle/guard Atlas Herrion (knee) and cornerback Chris Watson (hamstring).

Marshall and Herrion had been out but participated in the brief morning session. Herrion was held out of the afternoon practice while Marshall made it through most of the latter practice before aggravating the injury.

As for Washington, one of the team's three third-round draft picks, it appears he's headed toward season-ending surgery, Sherman said.


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