Bumps and bruises

Had the Packers beaten the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs, they would have been without one of their top three wide receivers.

In a change, however, it would have been Javon Walker on the sideline and Robert Ferguson back in the lineup.

During his season-ending news conference Monday, Packers coach Mike Sherman said the shin injury that ended Walker's day against Minnesota would have kept him out of a second-round game at Atlanta. Sherman said Walker is rehabbing the injury in hopes of playing in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Feb. 13.

Ferguson, meanwhile, would have been given the green light to make his return after suffering a devastating clothesline hit Dec. 19 by Jacksonville's Donovin Darius. That injury temporarily paralyzed Ferguson below the waste. He was plagued by lingering head and neck injuries for the next week. He participated in some segments of practice in the week leading up to the Vikings game.

Several players have had/will have surgery since the end of the season. Among them:

Starting linebacker Hannibal Navies had surgery on the shoulder that he injured in Week 1 and bothered him for the rest of the season.

Starting nose tackle Grady Jackson will have knee surgery Monday to clean up lingering soreness and swelling stemming from the kneecap dislocation suffered in Week 1.

Starting left tackle Chad Clifton will have his ankle and knee examined and may need surgery. That will wait, though, on the chance Clifton earns a Pro Bowl invite. He is an alternate.

Backup linebacker Steve Josue underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Backup safety Bhawoh Hue saw a specialist Monday about his sprained wrist.

Situational pass rusher R-Kal Truluck will have shoulder surgery Monday.

Meanwhile, starting quarterback Brett Favre will not undergo surgery for his left shoulder, which dislocates itself on occasion, and backup running back Najeh Davenport will only need to rehab his strained shoulders. Starting center Mike Flanagan likely will be held out of the postdraft minicamp in April as he recovers from his season-ending knee injury from October.


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