Holliday on the mend

Finally, some good news on the Packers' injury front.<P> Defensive end Vonnie Holliday is expected to return to practice this week and could play Sunday vs. the Washington Redskins at Lambeau, according to Packers head coach Mike Sherman.<p>

The news of Holliday's possible return comes weeks ahead of schedule. He suffered a pectoral team in the Detroit game Sept. 22 and was expected to be out 6-8 weeks. Some forecasts even had Holliday out for the season if surgery was required.

"He's been a fast healer in his history, and our doctors are very conservative, so it doesn't surprise me that he might be ready for this ballgame," Sherman said. "I think it's realistic (he could play Sunday), but we'll know more on Wednesday. He has to play with a brace that will limit his motion to a certain degree, so we'll see where he is Wednesday."

Safety Antuan Edwards is also on the verge of return. After suffering a broken forearm in the Lions game, Edwards was expected to be out 3-4 weeks. Another week on the sideline would put him on the slow side, but not behind, that schedule. Edwards experienced pain in the arm last week, which may prompt the Packers to err on the side of caution. If Edwards sits out the Washington contest, he can also take advantage of the following bye week to heal the arm.

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