Packers-Vikings: Post-game notes

Three wounded return to offense

The Packers offense, reeling at two positions because of injuries this season, got a boost when running back Tony Fisher, tight end David Martin and wide receiver Robert Ferguson returned to action Monday against the Vikings.

Fisher played for the first time since sustaining a broken rib against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 30. Ferguson returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with a sprained left knee that injured Oct. 23 at Minnesota. Martin injured his groin in practice prior to Green Bay's game at Cincinnati and was out the last three games.

Fisher finished with 14 yards rushing on four carries and took over for the ineffective Samkon Gado in the third quarter after Gado fumbled. Ferguson had one catch for five yards. Martin played but did not have any catches.

With Martin on the field, it was the first time that the Packers have had their top three tight ends healthy for the first time since Week 2.

The Packers have been decimated at the wide receiver and running back positions this season. Green Bay lost receivers Javon Walker (knee) and Terrence Murphy (neck) to season-ending injuries. Running backs Ahman Green (thigh) and Najeh Davenport (ankle) also are on injured reserve.

Did not suit up
The following players were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: defensive tackles Donnell Washington and Corey Williams, cornerback Mike Hawkins, linebacker Robert Thomas, offensive linemen Chris White and Junius Coston, and wide receiver Chad Lucas.

Craig Nall was the designated third quarterback.

Thomas sustained a bruised quadricep in Green Bay's game against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday and did not practice during the week.

Hawkins injured his ankle in practice prior to the Atlanta game and did not practice during the week.

Williams sustained a torn calf muscle in Green Bay's Nov. 6 game against Pittsburgh and will be out indefinitely, if not the rest of the season.

Lineup changes
Gado got his second straight start against the Vikings. Gado, who rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons, started ahead of Fisher, who returned to action for the first time since sustaining a broken rib Oct. 30 at Cincinnati.

With Thomas sidelined, Paris Lenon started at the weak-side linebacker position. Lenon had started the previous four games at strong-side linebacker in place of the injured Na'il Diggs. Diggs started for the first time since Week 4 when he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee against the Carolina Panthers.

Extra points
-- Safety Nick Collins got his first NFL interception in the second quarter when he picked off a pass thrown by Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson. Collins caught the pass near the Packers sideline and was able to get both feet inbounds.

-- Aaron Kampman had two sacks against the Vikings for 14 yards, the first time in his career the defensive end has had more than one sack in a game. Kampman has three sacks in the last two games.

-- When Favre was sacked during Green Bay's first series of the game by defensive end Erasmus James, it was only the fourth sack over the last 379 snaps given up by the offensive line. Favre has been sacked 13 times this season.

-- Driver's catch for a touchdown in the first quarter marked his 58th consecutive game with reception, tying him for third all-time with Hall of Famer James Lofton on Green Bay's all-time list. Wide receiver Sterling Sharpe has the record with 103 straight games, and running back Edgar Bennett is second with 60.

-- Fullback William Henderson started his 100th career game and made his 300th career catch against the Vikings.

-- Kabeer Gbaja Biamila's half-sack in the first quarter of quarterback Brad Johnson put him within a half-sack of Tim Harris (55) for second all-time on Green Bay's sack list. Reggie White has the record with 68.

-- Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson and offensive line coach Larry Beightol each celebrated their birthdays on Monday. Peterson turned 27 and Beightol 63.


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