Cornerback Charles Woodson missed another practice Thursday, increasing the likelihood that he won't play in the game at Miami. Woodson continued to rehab a quadriceps injury above his left knee. He remains questionable on the injury report.
Second-year man Patrick Dendy is the top choice to replace Woodson opposite Al Harris in the base defense. Dendy took over for the released Ahmad Carroll as the nickel back and had an adequate performance in the Week 5 loss to St. Louis before the bye week.
Blackmon, meanwhile, spent the last two days working in the nickel role and could get significant playing time in his belated pro debut this weekend.
Head coach Mike McCarthy had suggested Wednesday a hesitancy to rush the injury-plagued Blackmon into game action. The fourth-round draft pick only returned to practice on a full-time basis during the bye last week after coping with complications stemming from a broken foot sustained in May.
"It's really a two-fold (basis for playing him) in my mind," McCarthy said. "Number one is his health where he feels like he can fire away? And, second thing, he needs to get a little more comfortable to compete at that level. He hasn't had a lot of time to do that. But, he's out there competing. He's still doing his rehab, and we'll just take it day by day."
Woodson's condition, though, leaves McCarthy with little choice than to test Blackmon right off the bat and see what he can bring to the league's worst pass defense. The 6-foot, 198-pound Blackmon is both physical and quick and would be stationed on the perimeter with Dendy's manning the slot in the defense's nickel and dime looks.
What's more, Blackmon would stand to have a dual role Sunday as the punt returner in Woodson's potential absence. Blackmon and receiver Greg Jennings have taken the reps this week, but the Packers can't afford to put Jennings, one of only two reliable receivers they have available, in harm's way.
RB Ahman Green on Thursday declared himself fit for Sunday's game at Miami. Green has practiced three of the last four days without incident after missing the previous two games because of sore hamstrings. Green still remains questionable on the injury report, however. His carries will be limited to about 15 to 20 in the game.
-- WR Robert Ferguson has yet to be ruled out for the rest of the season, but a decision could be forthcoming. Ferguson has been on crutches the past two weeks after suffering significant damage to the Lisfranc part of his right foot returning a kickoff in Week 4.
-- FB William Henderson managed to practice again despite having swelling in a calf. The backup is questionable for Sunday.
-- DT Cullen Jenkins remains sidelined with a badly sprained ankle and isn't expected to play Sunday. Jenkins, a key contributor in the line rotation, is officially doubtful for the game.
--LB Ben Taylor was out another day, and the versatile backup likely won't play for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury. He, too, is on the injury report as doubtful. -- LB Abdul Hodge, the rookie who's been backing up Nick Barnett in the middle, also figures to be a no-go for the second consecutive game because of a serious knee injury. He hasn't practiced for more than two weeks.
-- CB Travis Daniels, for the second day, couldn't make it through practice because of his sore knee. He was extremely pessimistic about his playing status Sunday.
-- FS Jason Allen, the first round draft pick who has hardly played this season, is working with the first team dime package unit, along with backup SS Yeremiah Bell, who is playing the 'star' or shadowing the tight end.
-- DE Kevin Carter, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a sore knee, returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday.
-- WR Marty Booker completed all of practice for the second straight day and is expected to start Sunday's game against Green Bay. Booker missed last Sunday's 20-17 loss to the New York Jets because of a pulled muscle in his chest. -- LB Derrick Pope shed the red jersey and practiced without limitations Thursday. After missing four straight games, he should be a boon to special teams this week.