Good news on injury front

While major injuries continue to pile up around the league, the Packers came out of Sunday's clash in relatively good shape.

The storyline during Sunday's debacle in Indianapolis was the Packers' banged-up secondary, but Sherman is optimistic the Packers will be in better health for Sunday.

Starting cornerback Michael Hawthorne, who was slowed by an ankle injury suffered at Thursday's practice, suffered a minor concussion when he fell face-first to the turf while nearly intercepting a pass. Hawthorne returned to play the second half against the Colts and is expected to be ready for the Giants.

Fellow cornerbacks Mike McKenzie and Ahmad Carroll, who missed Sunday's game, did some running Monday and Sherman is hopeful both will be able to practice later in the week. While there was rampant speculation McKenzie was held back because of an impending trade or didn't want to play because a poor showing could dampen trade possibilities, Sherman on Monday said it was the medical staff's opinion to let McKenzie rest his ailing hamstring. Carroll (groin) hopefully will practice Thursday, Sherman said.

Starting right guard Marco Rivera was feared to have suffered a hip flexor injury against the Colts but instead suffered only a strained groin. Sherman said Rivera may sit out Wednesday to rest an injury in which Rivera has no familiarity.

"I felt a good pop and then the pain set in, and I said to myself, ‘This is different,'" said Rivera. "But I'm not too worried about it. It's just a groin. I'll do some stretching, ice it, get some rehab on it. It's the first time I've ever hurt my groin, so it's kind of weird."

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