Davenport gets off couch

Injuries should not be a factor in Sunday night's prime-time game at Houston. Green Bay listed only five players on its initial injury report and Houston listed six.

Of Green Bay's walking wounded, only running back Najeh Davenport practiced. That's a good news-bad news thing. The bad news is obvious, with four key players sidelined. The good news is Davenport, who injured his left hamstring Sunday and is listed as questionable, practiced. When Davenport injured his right hamstring in the season opener, he missed three games.

"I wanted to see where I was as far as with my leg," Davenport said. "I really didn't get a chance to open up and stuff like that. I think right now I'm at 60 percent and my goal is 80."

Also listed as questionable, meaning he has a 50 percent chance to play, is backup tight end David Martin. He aggravated a nagging knee injury Sunday, and with the Packers' new-found confidence in Ben Steele, Martin may be given the week off.

"Ben has run every route in our offense, and when we lost David I went over to him on the sideline and asked him, 'Is there anything I should hold back on that you're unfamiliar with?' and he was, 'No. I know it all.' So that was good news," coach Mike Sherman said.

Listed as probably are running back Ahman Green (knee), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee/illness) and safety Darren Sharper (knee). Green has been getting Wednesdays and Thursdays off to calm a nagging Achilles' injury, so his absence is nothing to sweat. Sharper played in the dime defense against Minnesota but was clearly slowed by the partially torn posterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee. He is expected to practice Friday.

While not on the injured list, starting linebackers Na'il Diggs (calf) and Hannibal Navies (ongoing shoulder problems) practiced but did not participate in contact drills.

Of Houston's wounded, right tackle Todd Wade, defensive end Gary Walker and guard Chester Pitts are starters. Of that group, only the veteran Walker was held out of practice Wednesday.

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