Hunt likely will start at nose tackle

It appears the Packers are leaning toward starting Cletidus Hunt and Cullen Jenkins at the defensive tackle positions for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.

While that duo got plenty of snaps together against the Bears last week, they will engage in a bit of role reversal against the Colts. The 310-pound Hunt outweighs Jenkins by 18 pounds, and thus will likely line up at nose tackle while Jenkins slides into Hunt's eagle-tackle position.

Hunt will get the bulk of the work at nose tackle, with Jenkins filling in. At the eagle tackle, Jenkins will start and be relieved by Kenny Peterson, who missed the first two weeks with a bum ankle and knee. Peterson is listed as questionable for Sunday but practiced Thursday.

Rookie Corey Williams, who is Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila's backup, also could see some time at tackle.

The Packers are in the pickle because of the Week 1 injury to Grady Jackson and the Week 2 injury to his backup, James Lee. Jackson says he'll be out at least three more weeks while Lee is out 4-6 weeks after surgery Wednesday.

Meanwhile, after being pulled from the first two games to protect his aching left knee, Pro Bowl center Mike Flanagan says enough is enough.

After getting Wednesday off in anticipation of Sunday's game on the artificial turf in Indianapolis, Flanagan practiced Thursday and pronounced himself good to go.

"I'll be fine," Flanagan said. "You won't see me out of a game anymore this year. I'm done talking about (the knee trouble); it's a dead issue."

What else is a dead issue appears to be Najeh Davenport's availability for Sunday's game. Davenport, who injured his hamstring returning a kickoff in Week 1 at Carolina, is listed as questionable to play Sunday but likely will be held out of action, offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said.

If Davenport doesn't play, then the load again will fall on the shoulders of star running back Ahman Green. Green has been busy in the early going, with 61 touches in two games. That workload is slightly heavier than the Packers prefer to dish out, but Green likely won't get much rest Sunday. And that's just fine by him.

"Whatever is needed," said Green.

The comments were his first since the infamous fumble that caused a 14-point swing against Chicago last weekend. Green, not surprisingly, wasn't in the mood to rehash the ugly history.

"He made a good play. That's about it," Green said of the strip by Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher that wound up being a 95-yard touchdown return by Mike Brown.

Assuming Davenport can't play, Tony Fisher will be Green's primary backup, and No. 2 fullback Nick Luchey is available to play halfback, as well. Luchey has had a stellar start to the season. While he was beaten out by veteran William Henderson for the starting job, Luchey has played a huge role in the offense, leading the way on many of the Packers' biggest runs this season.

Luchey practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a groin strain.

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