Jackson could return soon

The Packers listed 11 players on the initial injury list for Sunday's home game against the New York Giants. Of those 11, only two practiced Wednesday. Nonetheless, the Packers got a huge piece of good news.

Nose tackle Grady Jackson, who went down just three snaps into the regular season with a dislocated left knee cap, ran before the start of Wednesday's practice. Jackson certainly won't play against the Giants, but the run-stuffer figures to be back in the next week or two — well ahead of the four- to six-week prognosis.

"(He's) making great progress, faster than we anticipated. So that's good news," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

Sherman said there's a chance Jackson could practice a little this week with an eye on returning for the Oct. 11 Monday night home game against Tennessee.

"I'm a fast healer, and I just want to get back out there," Jackson said.

As for the rest of the injury report:

Out: Nose tackles James Lee and Jackson.

Questionable: Starting center Mike Flanagan (knee), running back Najeh Davenport (hamstring) and cornerbacks Mike McKenzie (hamstring) and Ahmad Carroll (groin).

Probable: Quarterback Brett Favre (hamstring), wide receiver Javon Walker (knee), tight end Bubba Franks (knee), right guard Marco Rivera (groin) and linebacker Nick Rogers (ankle).

Davenport, like Jackson, ran Wednesday. He's hoping to practice Friday and play Sunday. He aggravated a hamstring injury while returning a first-half kickoff in the opener at Carolina.

Flanagan sat out Wednesday's practice to calm the tendinitis in his left knee.

Of the 11 players on the list, only Favre and Rogers practiced.


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