Packers injury update

Green returns to practice; Franks still hurting

It appears that Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green will be ready to return to action this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Green has been recovering from a knee and quadriceps injury that he sustained in Green Bay's Oct. 3 game at Carolina.

"He looked OK," Packers coach Mike Sherman said after practice Monday. "I'll make a further evaluation on him on Wednesday when we put the pads on."

The Packers are thin at running back. Najeh Davenport, who started in Green's place during the 52-3 rout of New Orleans on Oct. 9, sustained a broken right ankle that ended his season.

Tony Fisher, who has been serviceable in a third-down role, would make the start Sunday if Green isn't cleared to play. Free agent pickup Rashard Lee is Green Bay's third running back.

Still out
Tight end Bubba Franks didn't practice Monday and is questionable to play against the Vikings because of a torn MCL in his left knee.

Sherman said he'll know more about Franks' availability on Wednesday.

Franks sustained the injury in the Week 2 loss to Cleveland. He missed the subsequent two games, then was activated for the last contest, but only for emergency duty as a No. 3 tight end. Franks was called upon for just two plays, strictly as a blocker.

Center Mike Flanagan didn't practice Monday as he continues to recover from Oct. 5 surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Flanagan is hopeful to be ready for Sunday's game, but he likely will sit out.

Safety Earl Little (hamstring) and linebacker Na'il Diggs (knee) also did not practice on Monday. Little sustained his injury against Carolina as did Diggs. Diggs will be sidelined till the end of November with a torn MCL.

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