Running back runaround

Fullback William Henderson, who hasn't missed a game since Week 1 of his rookie year, is listed a questionable with a knee injury. Running back Ahman Green is back at practice and upgraded to probable after resting his injured quadriceps. Tony Carter is brand-new on the roster and Najeh Davenport will have to wait and see which hat he'll wear Sunday. The backfield hasn't been spared from the casualty carousel affecting the Green Bay Packers.<P>

Looking for insight into who will play where Sunday vs. unbeaten Carolina? Don't ask Henderson. He won't acknowledge the injury and told reporters in Detroit Sunday that he was "resting" on the sidelines.

Hendu's reluctance to discuss his medial collateral ligament injury may stem from his amazing history. After signing with Green Bay as the second of their third-round picks in the lucrative 1995 draft, Henderson has missed only one game. He sat out the opener his rookie season while he completed rehabbing his knee after arthroscopic surgery. The fullback out of North Carolina saw action in the remaining 15 games, starting one, and played in all three playoff games that year. He's played in all 114 regular-season games and all 12 playoff contests since that first game on the bench as a rookie.

While it's likely that Henderson could play if needed Sunday, veteran fullback Tony Carter could see considerable playing time if Henderson is indeed sidelined. An ex-Bear who most recently played with Denver, Carter would get the nod ahead of rookie Najeh Davenport. Even though Davenport entered the season as the backup fullback, coach Mike Sherman said he wants to protect Davenport as a backup halfback due to Green's limitations.

Davenport led the team in rushing against Detroit with 22 carries for 84 yards.

The team's other backup fullback is tight end David Martin, who had been practicing the position but suffered a concussion Sunday.

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