Packers notebook

Favre on verge of Marino completions record; Jenkins gets ball; injury update; game plan

Brett Favre enters Sunday's game on the cusp of attaining another league milestone. With 4,954 completions in his 16-year career, he needs only 14 to surpass Dan Marino for the all-time record.

Favre also is within striking distance, perhaps this season yet, of Marino's hallowed mark of 420 touchdown passes. Favre has 413.

The Packers prevailed 31-24 at Detroit in Week 3 in the first meeting between the division rivals. Green Bay opened the scoring with a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown by rookie Greg Jennings and never trailed thereafter. Safety Marquand Manuel had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Favre had his most efficient performance of the season to date with a 127.1 passer rating. He was 25-of-36 throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

-- Running back Ahman Green has been a model of ball security since that initial hookup with the Lions on Sept. 24. He had a fumble late in the game as the Packers were trying to run out the clock in protecting a seven-point lead.

From that point forward, Green hasn't fumbled in 160 touches (145 carries, 14 receptions, one fumble recovery).

Green needs only 238 yards to supplant Jim Taylor (8,207) as the Packers' all-time rushing leader.

-- Hall of Famer Paul Hornung's league record of 176 points when he was with Green Bay in 1960 is about to fall by the wayside. San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson enters Sunday's game against Kansas City with 174 points.

Tomlinson's production this season has come from 26 touchdown runs and three touchdown catches. He's also thrown two TD passes that aren't included in the scoring.

Hornung's body of work included 15 touchdowns, 15 field goals and 41 point-after kicks in 12 games.

Cullen Jenkins received a game ball Wednesday for his stout performance in the 30-19 win over San Francisco on Sunday and appears to have earned a full-time role for the remainder of the season.

Jenkins, who primarily played at tackle from the start of the season, replaced right defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila on most early downs against the 49ers. The heavier presence of Jenkins was effective in the Packers' corralling Frank Gore after he had a 72-yard run with Gbaja-Biamila on the field on San Francisco's second play from scrimmage.

The move also helped Gbaja-Biamila, who was fresher in a pass-rush role and hurried Alex Smith a few times. Jenkins moved inside in those situations and didn't miss a beat in registering a half sack.

Mindful of the challenging schedule in the next week, with games Sunday against Detroit and Dec. 21 against Minnesota, head coach Mike McCarthy wants to continue employing Jenkins outside and inside. Moving Jenkins to end allows the Packers to get rookie prospect Johnny Jolly on the field as part of the tackle rotation.

"We're going to try and spread it out (with the entire line) as much as possible," McCarthy said. "I know a lot's been made of (Gbaja-Biamila's demotion), and I think some of it's unfair to Kabeer. (But) it's just a matter of trying to utilize the depth we have there, and Cullen did a real nice job with his opportunities."

-- WR Ruvell Martin was back with the team Wednesday after he returned from an extended stay in San Francisco. Martin was kept there overnight Sunday in a hospital for observation after he suffered a bruised chest in the 30-19 win over the 49ers. Martin, the No. 3 receiver, will undergo more tests this week. He is questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit.

-- WR Donald Driver joined Ruvell Martin (chest) on the sideline for practice Wednesday. Driver sustained a shoulder injury in the first half of the last game but managed to finish it and had one of his top games as a pro with nine catches for 160 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown. Driver is questionable for Sunday but probably will play.

-- RT Mark Tauscher remains out with the groin injury that has sidelined him the last four games. Tauscher is doubtful for Sunday, though he might do some work by the end of the week.

-- DE Michael Montgomery has been declared out for the second straight game because of a sprained knee. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday it's possible Montgomery won't play again this season.

-- TE David Martin practiced Wednesday, and McCarthy is hopeful Martin will be available Sunday. Martin, who is questionable, has missed the last three games because of a ribs injury.

-- C Scott Wells didn't practice because of an illness. The starter is probable for the game.

-- CB Charles Woodson, who aggravated a shoulder injury in the last game, is probable for Sunday. Woodson is expected to be held out of practice until Friday, which has been a normal routine the last several weeks.

-- RB Ahman Green, likewise, was kept on his regimen of not practicing Wednesday to rest his chronically sore knees. Green is probable for the game.

-- S Atari Bigby came out of the last game with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday. He didn't practice Wednesday.

The Packers defense was exploited for eight pass plays of more than 15 yards in the first meeting with Detroit in Week 3. The unit is able to focus this week on shoring up the coverage because the Lions will present only a one-dimensional challenge Sunday.

The league's worst rushing offense will be without Kevin Jones. So, while cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson take turns trying to eliminate Detroit's dynamic duo of Roy Williams and Mike Furrey, expect the front seven to be more active in getting after Jon Kitna in the pocket.

The Lions are a wreck with their offensive line, allowing 49 sacks on the season and 23 during their five-game losing streak. Meanwhile, head coach/play caller Mike McCarthy should be able to initiate a harmonious balance between the run and the pass against a Lions defense that has been a pushover the last seven games without disruptive tackle Shaun Rogers.

1 -- Number of players on the current 53-man rosters of Green Bay and Detroit who were in the league the last time the Packers lost to the Lions in Wisconsin, on Dec. 15, 1991. Quarterback Brett Favre was a rookie with Atlanta, which traded him to Green Bay for a first-round draft pick following the 1991 season.

"He's 8 feet, 12 inches, and his arms are 36 feet long. He's so strong with those long arms; the arms drag the floor. So, whenever he puts those arms on you, you're not going anywhere. It's really like a boxing match. You really have to fight; both of you are using your hands. He's so skinny, yet so strong, and that's what makes him so good."
-- Lions wide receiver Roy Williams talking to Wisconsin reporters Wednesday about the Packers' Al Harris, whom Williams calls the best cornerback in the league.

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