Friday is big day for Green

"I might just have to run out there (Sunday) with (the uniform) on anyway," said Jackson, laughing. "Just say, ‘Screw it! I'm playing.'"

Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday due to an Achilles' tendon injury that has plagued him since the Family Night scrimmage.

Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley was hopeful Green would practice Friday. With Friday's practice being the final full-go workout before Sunday's game, Green's presence is critical.

"It would be tough if he didn't go tomorrow. He needs to go tomorrow. He needs to get some reps and run and just get the timing back, get used to hitting holes and seeing things," Rossley said.

Green is listed as probable on the injury report. Regardless of whether or not he plays, his primary backup, Najeh Davenport, can expect an expanded role. Davenport, however, hasn't fully recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered during training camp and aggravated in the regular-season opener at Carolina.

Davenport returned to action in Sunday's win at Detroit and was devastatingly effective despite not feeling full strength. He carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a guy who was worried about reinjuring the hamstring.

"Sometimes I see holes that I want to take and I can't take them like I want to because the burst may make my leg go," Davenport said.

While Davenport is a huge threat, the Packers clearly prefer Green in the starting lineup because of his ability to catch the ball and block. A sprinkling of Davenport keeps Green fresh — reducing his chances of fumbling — and provides an enviable tandem.

"It's a good 1-2 punch," quarterback Brett Favre said. "Some teams, when you take a guy out, they go, ‘Whew!' But when Najeh comes in, he's a load. He's an excellent running back with a lot of power and speed."

Also out of practice Thursday was wide receiver Robert Ferguson. Ferguson missed the Lions game with his own Achilles' problem but ran Thursday and is hopeful he can practice Friday.

"There's going to be soreness there for a while, but it's something I'll have to deal with," Ferguson said.

Tight end David Martin didn't practice, either, after having fluid drained from his left knee. He's not on the injury, report, however.

Back in action was safety Darren Sharper (shin muscle), who was held out Wednesday.

On the practice field for a second consecutive day was run-stuffing nose tackle Grady Jackson. Packers coach Mike Sherman has said Jackson was a week away from returning to game action, but Jackson begs to differ.

"If I feel like I can go, I can go. If I don't feel like I can go, I would say I can't. But I feel like I can go," Jackson said.

With Jackson champing at the bit but Sherman playing it safe, the decision could come down to a battle of wills. If that's the case, Jackson is ready to take the offensive.

"I might just have to run out there (Sunday) with (the uniform) on anyway," said Jackson with a laugh. "Just say, ‘Screw it! I'm playing.'"


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