Green practices for first time since injury

It's hard to say what's bigger news: Ahman Green practiced Wednesday or Ahman Green spoke to reporters.

Green practiced for the first time since spraining cartilage in his ribs in the recent Sunday night victory at Houston. Green was forced to sit out Monday night's critical win over St. Louis.

"It's getting better every day," Green said. "I just know if I'm able to play, I'm going to be out there full-go."

For added protection, Green joked he would be seeking the same type of body armor our troops wear in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I'm going to tell my good buddies at the FBI to send me some good Kevlar to help me out," joked Green, who had stopped talking to reporters after receiving criticism for an early-season wave of fumbles.

Running backs coach Johnny Roland was impressed with what he saw out of Green, even though Wednesday's practice was of the no-contact variety.

"He went through there with flying colors," Roland said. "I don't think he was in that much pain. I'm sure he felt a little discomfort but he didn't show any."

Packers coach Mike Sherman expects Green to start Sunday afternoon against Philadelphia.

"He feels much, much improved," Sherman said.

That's good news as Green's backup, Najeh Davenport, suffered bruised ribs during his breakout Monday night performance. Davenport is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Robert Ferguson and safeties Darren Sharper and Bhawoh Jue were held out of Wednesday's practice. Ferguson sprained an ankle Monday, Sharper was resting his injured knee and Jue is suffering from a sore hip. All three are listed as probable, as is nose tackle Grady Jackson (knee).

"Actually, I feel good right now besides the ankle," Ferguson said. "I'll be 100 percent once I get that right."

While Green Bay comes into the game in pretty good shape injury-wise, here is Philadelphia's initial injury report:

Doubtful (25 percent chance player will play): RB Reno Mahe (ankle); DE Jerome McDougle (knee).

Questionable (50 percent): DE Derrick Burgess (ribs); G Artis Hicks (knee); G Jermane Mayberry (calf); LB Nate Wayne (hamstring).

Probable (75 percent): LB Keith Adams (illness/ankle); CB Roderick Hood (back); G Steve Sciullo (quadricep); CB Lito Sheppard (lower leg contusion); TE L.J. Smith (hamstring); DT Hollis Thomas (groin).

Of those players listed as doubtful or questionable, Burgess, Hicks and Mayberry are starters and McDougle is a key backup. Wayne, the former Packer, sat out the opener due to injury then started the next seven games before being supplanted in the lineup for the Nov. 15 game against Dallas by Jeremiah Trotter. He has not played the last two weeks.

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