Packers-Giants: Player notes

Morency, Jennings still nursing injuries, may not play against Giants

K Mason Crosby
was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday, the first rookie kicker to receive the honor in the conference after Week 1. Crosby almost single-handedly saved Green Bay in its season opener against the Eagles with his powerful right foot last weekend. He made all three of his field-goal tries, capped by a 42-yarder down the middle with two seconds left to decide a 16-13 victory.

RB Vernand Morency practiced but was limited for the second straight day Thursday, putting in question whether he will be ready to play Sunday at the New York Giants. Morency has yet to appear in a game since suffering a sprained patellar tendon in his right knee on the first day of training camp.

The Packers medical staff doesn't want Morency to play in a game until soreness in the knee is a non-issue. Rookie Brandon Jackson is penciled in as the starter again Sunday.

WR Greg Jennings isn't a sure thing to make his season debut after being held out of the opener. Jennings has been limited the past two days with a pulled hamstring and was sore Thursday. Rookie James Jones would make the start again if Jennings isn't ready for Sunday.

DE Aaron Kampman returned to practice, albeit on a limited basis, after missing a day because of a lingering rib injury. He's expected to make the start Sunday.

RG Jason Spitz rejoined the team on the field but in a limited capacity as he nurses a recurring calf strain. Junius Coston continued to get work with the No. 1 unit and likely will make his first pro start Sunday in place of Spitz, who still might be activated in case a substitution has to be made at guard or center, where Spitz is the top backup.

CB Al Harris practiced in a limited role for the second straight day but is prepared to play Sunday with a sprained right elbow he sustained in the first game.

TE Donald Lee was added to the injury report Thursday because of a knee injury. He had limited participation in practice.

FS Nick Collins returned for a full practice after being away Wednesday because of what head coach Mike McCarthy termed "a positive personal matter."

WR Carlyle Holiday didn't practice Thursday after experiencing soreness in a knee he injured in the opener. He might be unavailable as the team's No. 5 receiver and special-teams contributor for Sunday.

RB Brandon Jacobs
(knee) will likely not be out four to five weeks, as first thought. He says he'll be back in two, and was seen in the locker room walking without a limp, a brace or a boot.

QB Eli Manning (shoulder) could be a game-time decision this week. Manning suffered a shoulder injury last Sunday night in Dallas. It was reported by ESPN, and other sources, that it was either a separated shoulder or a dislocation and that it would result in him missing four to six weeks. The Giants strongly denied that report, and from every indication since then they are looking like the ones telling the truth -- or at least as much of the truth as they can tell without tipping their hands to the Green Bay Packers. "Eli's getting better," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "It is encouraging. He is doing a little bit more on the sideline. He didn't take snaps or anything like that but he did some center-quarterback exchanges on the sideline. He will be better and it is encouraging each day."

K Lawrence Tynes (calf) did not kick Wednesday or Thursday but is scheduled to do so today. If he can't kick, one option is to re-sign the recently waived Josh Huston, who was engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with Tynes during training camp.

QB Jared Lorenzen could start this week, as Eli Manning was deemed a game-time decision by coach Tom Coughlin on Thursday.

RB Derrick Ward, by virtue of his 89-yard performance vs. Dallas last Sunday night, will start in place of the injured Brandon Jacobs.

WR David Tyree (wrist) is out for Sunday's game.

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