Barnett's status uncertain

Hodge may get start; Tauscher likely to sit out; roster moves

Although most signs point toward Brett Favre's giving it a go for his 252nd straight start Monday night at Seattle, the Packers might have to go without their quarterback on defense.

Middle linebacker Nick Barnett is on the mend with a broken right hand sustained toward the end of last Sunday's loss to New England. Barnett didn't practice Wednesday and is on the initial injury report as doubtful for Monday.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said the medical staff opted to hold back Barnett from trying to practice with a club-like cast on the hand until at least Friday. The team has Thursday off for Thanksgiving.

"He has a broken bone in his hand, so it's very sore," McCarthy said. "Our conversation has been (that) he wants to play (Monday) and says he will play. With the extra day this week, I think it's smart to wait till Friday to put him in a club and then we'll see what he can do."

The coaches will have to take into account how limited Barnett would be playing in a game with one hand covered before they make a final decision on his status for Monday.

"Obviously, he gives up something," McCarthy said. "Just hand placement, beating second reaction, redirection of receivers on route concepts and things like that. Those are things that he'll have to adjust with."

Rookie Abdul Hodge, who's played sparingly in mostly a special teams role this season, is the top candidate to replace Barnett. Hodge, a third-round draft pick out of Iowa, flashed starting-caliber qualities in the off-season and training camp, but he missed five games because of a knee injury incurred Oct. 2 at Philadelphia.

The Packers are spread thin with linebacker depth. Veteran backups Tracy White and Ben Taylor also are on the injury report. White is questionable with knee and thigh injuries, but he practiced Wednesday. Taylor is doubtful after aggravating a hamstring injury Sunday and didn't practice.

-- The team is taking a wait-and-see approach with right tackle Mark Tauscher, who was out Sunday because of a pulled groin. The veteran anchor is doubtful for Monday's game, but McCarthy wasn't ready to rule him out from playing against the Seahawks.

"Mark's very optimistic. His view is different than the doctor's (for the upcoming game), but I think Friday that will be something we'll talk more about," McCarthy said. "He feels like it's coming along. It's just a matter of ... it's a pull that needs to strengthen as he moves forward. As far as which week, it's really going to depend upon Mark. He's better this week than last week, but he just needs to work on getting it stronger."

Rookie Tony Moll is slated to make his second straight start in place of Tauscher.

-- RB Ahman Green, as the schedule has been the last five weeks, didn't practice Wednesday to allow extra recovery time for his chronically sore knees. Green is expected to practice Friday when the team reconvenes after having Thanksgiving off and is probable for the game Monday.

-- CB Charles Woodson is coping with a shoulder injury on top of the bruised left knee that's been nagging him the last several weeks. He didn't practice Wednesday and is questionable for Monday, but he hasn't missed a game to this point.

-- RB Vernand Morency hasn't fully recovered from a lower back injury that kept him out for two games before he returned Sunday. Morency was rested Wednesday and is questionable to serve as Green's top backup Monday.

-- TE David Martin suffered a ribs injury in the last game and is questionable for Monday. Martin didn't practice Wednesday, but the team's top pass-catching tight end has been far more resilient this season than years past in shaking off an assortment of injuries and has a decent shot of being ready come game day.

-- FB Brandon Miree is making a push this week to get clearance from the medical staff for Monday after missing the last three games because of a hyperextended left elbow. Miree is questionable, but he practiced Wednesday.

-- DT Cullen Jenkins is questionable at best for the next game because of an ankle injury he aggravated Sunday. The valuable inside pass rusher didn't practice Wednesday.

-- CB Will Blackmon will likely be out for the second straight game because of a ribs injury. The rookie is doubtful on the injury report. Blackmon has been activated only four times this season. He missed the first five games because of complications from a broken foot he sustained in a May minicamp.

Roster moves
-- OT Calvin Armstrong was signed to the practice squad Wednesday. The 6-foot-7, 318-pound Armstrong was a sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2005 out of Washington State. He played in three games for the Eagles last season. -- OG Adam Stenavich was signed to the practice squad. The 6-4, 308-pound Stenavich was originally signed by Carolina as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan. -- DT Scott Paxson was released from the practice squad Tuesday.

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