Packers-Rams injury report

Who is that masked man?

Darren Sharper doesn't wear a mask, but the guy wearing No. 42 isn't recognizable to the Packers' standout safety. Sharper is Green Bay's best defensive player. Athletic and with a high football IQ, Sharper has been Green Bay's best defensive playmaker for years.

Sharper, trying to come back from a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered a month ago against Dallas, has played sparingly the last two weeks. His play, however, is so far from his high standards that he barely recognizes himself when he watches film.

"Someone that's not sure, not reacting," Sharper said Wednesday in a self-critique.

Sharper said his knee is relatively healthy but he is lacking his typical burst. That means he's suffering not only physically, but mentally.

"The main thing that is frustrating about it is psychologically getting the confidence back in it," Sharper said. "Pain and all, that I can deal with. And as long as the doctors tell me I can't injure it by playing, psychologically and mentally I just need to get everything out of my head and just go out there and play."

Until Sharper is fully up to speed, he will continue being nothing more than a sixth defensive back in the Packers' dime grouping. He is listed as probable on this week's injury report, meaning there is a 75 percent chance he will play Monday night against St. Louis.

The Packers have gotten by without Sharper against pass-happy Minnesota and Houston. They'd rather not have to get by without him against the league's ultimate pass-first team, the Rams. The problem for Sharper, however, is he isn't comfortable enough to be the starter, but he says his knee is at its best when he's in the flow of the game. It's hard to be in the flow when relegated to part-time duty.

"As I get back into it, as my body feels better with my leg and everything, that's when I'll start playing more like I used to," Sharper said.

Here is the preliminary injury report for Monday night's game.


OUT: G Chris Dishman (knee).

DOUBTFUL: CB Dejuan Groce (knee).

QUESTIONABLE: WR Torry Holt (knee).

PROBABLE: S Antuan Edwards (groin); CB Travis Fisher (knee); CB Kevin Garrett (concussion); DE Tony Hargrove (neck); DE Leonard Little (neck); T Grant Williams (shoulder).


QUESTIONABLE: RB Ahman Green (ribs); RB Nick Luchey (shoulder); TE David Martin (knee); RB Walter Williams (ankle).

PROBABLE: RB Najeh Davenport (hamstring); S Michael Hawthorne (ankle); S Darren Sharper (knee).

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