Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila seems to be the likely player to step in for the injured Joe Johnson at defensive end, but Packers coach/GM Mike Sherman is not about to tip his hand at this point. To further keep the Packers' defensive plan a mystery, the coach closed practices to the media this week.<p>

"It depends on what package we use. We were able to put Rod Walker out there, Billy Lyon, (Aaron) Kampman, Kabeer," said Sherman. "We have a number of different options that we'll employ this week in practice and come up with a conclusion as we proceed through this."

Johnson suffered a season-ending injury against the Bears on Monday night. Gbaja-Biamila played on some base downs as well as passing downs. The question with Gbaja-Biamila is whether or not he can be effective against the run.

"That's a concern for anybody that has that pure pass rushing ability," said Sherman. "And he does have that. You don't want to lose that. Whether Kabeer starts the game, or plays a certain amount of reps, we have to be sure that he is ready to give us everything he has on third down."

Gbaja-Biamila leads the Packers with 3 sacks. He returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown on Monday night. He has forced one fumble and has knocked down two passes in four games played this season. The third-year pro has five total tackles.

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