Packers injury update

Flanagan likely to return to action this Sunday

Mike Flanagan may be ready to play this Sunday when the Green Bay Packers travel to play at Cincinnati against the Bengals. Meanwhile, linebacker Na'il Diggs is making progress from his knee injury while safety Earl Little's hamstring is still giving him problems.

Flanagan practiced with the team today. The veteran underwent hernia surgery in early October. Coach Mike Sherman said today that Flanagan could have played last Sunday against the Vikings, but the team held him back for precautionary reasons.

"He's made a remarkable recovery from this injury," Sherman said. "We just want to make sure he's 100 percent out there."

Diggs, who tore the MCL in his right knee on Oct. 3 against Carolina, began running last week. It is possible that he might play against the Bengals, but more of a longshot. The starting outside linebacker sustained the same injury on his left knee during training camp and was out for six weeks.

"Things are going well to say the least," said Diggs about his rehab. "It's scarring up and getting tight again, which is really what we're waiting on. Things are going good. I'm just going day by day."

Diggs has only played one and a half games for the Packers this season. He played the entire game Sept. 25 against Tampa Bay, but injured his right knee in the second quarter Oct. 3 against Carolina.

"I will not come back too soon," said Diggs. "Me and the coaches and trainers are very aware of the dangers of coming back too soon and re-doing it. Our stroke of luck this year has not been that great, so pushing anything, or even a small chance of pushing it, will be a no go. We won't do that."

Little also was injured at Carolina while attempting to tackle running back DeShaun Foster, who dragged Little for 29 yards. The team at first thought Little strained his hamstring, but now the doctors are not so sure.

"It's bad enough to keep him out," Sherman said. "We just ran him again this morning (Wednesday) and there does not appear to be any significant progress. They are going to MRI him again and see if they missed something on him."

The Packers listed 10 players on their mid-week injury report. Wide receiver Robert Ferguson will not play Sunday after spraining his left knee against Minnesota. The nine other players on the list are questionable, meaning there is a 50-50 chance of them playing.

Others on the list include safety Nick Collins (quadriceps), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf), linebacker Robert Thomas (shoulder), running back Tony Fisher (eye), cornerback Jason Horton (shoulder), and fullback Vonta Leach (shoulder). Of those on the injury report today, only Flanagan, Thomas and Horton participated in practice.


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