Injury update

Jennings, Green likely to play Sunday against Vikings

WR Greg Jennings didn't practice for the second consecutive day and remains questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota. The rookie starter aggravated a sprained right ankle in the last game. Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the team was aiming to have Jennings practice Friday before a determination is made on his status for the game. First-year player Ruvell Martin would start if Jennings is held out.

-- CB Charles Woodson, who has a lingering bruised left knee, has yet to practice this week and is questionable for Sunday. Woodson might practice Friday. The team took the same course of action with the starter last week, keeping him out of practice until Friday before clearing him for the game. Patrick Dendy, the team's nickel back, stands to be the starting replacement if Woodson can't play.

-- RB Ahman Green, as expected, returned to practice Thursday. Green is on the injury report as probable because of knee soreness, but he's expected to make the start Sunday. The team has resorted to resting Green on Wednesdays to preserve his legs.

-- TE Bubba Franks was back at practice Thursday after missing a day because of an injury to his left wrist. Franks is probable for Sunday and should be in the starting lineup.

-- MLB Nick Barnett rejoined the team and practiced after being excused Wednesday for a personal matter.

-- DT Johnny Jolly practiced after being out Wednesday. The rookie backup is probable with an ankle injury.

-- RB Vernand Morency likely won't play for the second consecutive game because of a lower back injury. He hasn't practiced this week and is doubtful for Sunday. Noah Herron will continue as the top understudy to Green, while recently signed rookie P.J. Pope will be available as the No. 3 back.

-- FB Brandon Miree remains doubtful for the game because of a hyperextended left elbow. William Henderson likely will start in Miree's absence for the second consecutive game.

-- FS Nick Collins is expected to be ready for Sunday's game at Minnesota despite having a bruised lower back, which he sustained last Sunday at Buffalo. The team classified the malady as a kidney injury on the injury report, but tests conducted earlier in the week didn't reveal any significant damage to the kidney. Collins practiced Wednesday and is probable for the game.

-- LT Chad Clifton was a recent newcomer to the injury report Wednesday because of knee and elbow soreness. Clifton practiced, though, and is probable for Sunday.

-- DE Dave Tollefson was placed on the practice squad/injured list Wednesday. Tollefson, the last of the team's league-high 12 draft picks this year, has been on the practice squad since the start of the season.

-- S Alvin Nnabuife was signed to the practice squad to take Dave Tollefson's place. The 6-foot, 210-pound Nnabuife originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Methodist in the spring.


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