Injuries give defense a revolving door

One rookie possibly in, one veteran possibly out - the defense that the Packers bring into their Monday Night matchup with the Titans will have a new look as injuries continue to mold the team.<p>

One rookie possibly in, one veteran possibly out - the defense that the Packers bring into their Monday Night matchup with the Titans will have a new look as injuries continue to mold the team.

Rookie Ahmad Carroll is expected to return from his groin injury at least in the dime package. His two-game absence helped opponents prey on the Packers' injury-thinned defensive backfield. The first-round draft pick was back in practice, but it still remains to be seen how much he'll play Monday.

That's the good news. On the flip side, veteran linebacker Hannibal Navies may sit out with a sore shoulder that continues to plague him. He suffered the injury in the Week 1 win over Carolina and was limited in his plays last week vs. the Giants. "He can play, but it might benefit him more to not play and rest him for a week in hopes that he comes back stronger," Sherman said.

Navies, who has played all 21 games since coming to Green Bay from the Panthers as a free agent, could be spelled by backups Paris Lenon, Torrance Marshall and Nick Rogers.

The same depth is not available at cornerback. The departure of Mike McKenzie combined with several nagging injuries to other corners including Al Harris and Michael Hawthorne makes Carroll's return that much more important.

Sherman expressed some doubt about Carroll due to rust he exhibited since returning to practice after the layoff. But the rookie said he's ready to go.


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