Packers-Panthers: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- QB Brett Favre leapfrogged an idle Tom Brady of New England for the league lead in passing yards with 2,757. Favre threw for 351 yards Sunday, his sixth 300-yard passing game in the last seven. Favre became only the second quarterback in league history to throw for 60,000 career yards. He has 60,257 -- 1,104 behind Dan Marino's record of 61,361.

-- RT Mark Tauscher suffered a sprained ankle that kept him out of the last quarter of Sunday's win over Minnesota. The injury isn't considered serious, but Tauscher probably won't return to practice until late in the week.

-- FS Nick Collins is expected to remain out at least three more weeks because of a sprained knee. Collins was sidelined for the first time in his three-year career Sunday. Rookie Aaron Rouse made his starting debut in Collins' absence.

-- DE/DT Cullen Jenkins sustained a bruised knee late in the game Sunday and could be held out of practice until late in the week.

-- RB Ryan Grant has settled in as a productive featured back. Two games after he became the first Packer to rush for 100 yards this season with 104 at Denver, Grant topped the season high with 119 in 25 carries Sunday. He had a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to ignite the 34-0 rout of the Vikings.

-- WR Greg Jennings was kept out of the end zone for only the second time in the last seven games. He had four catches for 63 yards, dropping his per-catch average this season to 19.1, which still leads the league for players with at least 25 receptions.

-- WR Donald Driver matched Jennings with four receptions for 63 yards. He has a team-high 48 catches, putting him on the verge of six seasons with at least 50 catches. Only James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe (seven each) and Antonio Freeman (six) have had as many as six years with 50 or more receptions in team history.

-- TE Donald Lee posted his sixth four-catch game of the season. He caught a 1-yard touchdown throw from Favre in the third quarter, giving Lee a career-high-tying two ouchdowns this season. Lee also has 33 receptions, matching his personal high attained in 2005.

-- DE Aaron Kampman had a streak of seven games with at least a half sack snapped. Kampman has nine sacks, tied with the New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora and Philadelphia's Trent Cole for the NFC lead.

-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is on the heels of Kampman with 8.5 sacks after recording his second straight two-sack game.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
-- QB Vinny Testaverde should be ready to play this week against Green Bay. His right Achilles held up fine on Sunday, according to head coach John Fox. Now Fox must decide between Testaverde and David Carr.

-- QB David Carr has had two concussions -- not one -- this year, coach John Fox said Monday. The Panthers never reported Carr's first concussion to the media earlier in the season, suffered against New Orleans. At the time, the Panthers said Carr only had a back injury.

-- QB Matt Moore, a rookie, remains the third quarterback, although he did come in to throw a Hail Mary pass at the end of Sunday's game.

-- RB DeShaun Foster has only one 100-yard rushing game this season and typically doesn't run well the week after playing the Falcons. Foster injured his toe in Sunday's game and his status for this week will be reevaluated later in the week.

-- RB DeAngelo Williams remains the No. 2 back and hasn't seen as much action as anticipated this season. If Foster isn't able to go this week against Green Bay, then Williams will start.

-- WR Steve Smith has not had a 100-yard receiving game since Arizona as he continues to get used to multiple quarterbacks.

-- WR Keary Colbert (foot) did not play against Atlanta.

-- WR Drew Carter started in place of Keary Colbert and had three catches. However, Carter also dropped a potential first down pass and was later flagged for offensive pass interference, backing the Panthers back deep into their own territory.

-- OT Travelle Wharton has given up 6.5 sacks this season, the most on the team this year.

-- TE Jeff King wasn't much of a factor against the Falcons.

-- C Justin Hartwig did start on Sunday despite a broken right thumb.

-- DE Mike Rucker finally got his first sack of the season against Atlanta. Rucker has shown great toughness returning from an ACL injury in just eight months, but is not close to playing at a Pro Bowl level.

-- DE Stanley McClover still hasn't registered a sack this season and has been a big disappointment thus far.

-- MLB Jon Beason continues to have an outstanding season for the Panthers in the middle of the defense. Beason probably makes Dan Morgan expendable.

-- CB Ken Lucas has been outstanding the past two weeks, but he and the rest of the Carolina secondary face a tough challenge this week against Brett Favre and the Packers.

-- FS Deke Cooper injured his shoulder in Sunday's game and his status for this week remains up in the air.

-- FS Quinton Teal replaced Deke Cooper (shoulder) in the third quarter of Sunday's game.

-- P Jason Baker really struggled with short punts on Sunday. His last punt on Sunday was a line drive that was returned 23 yards to the Carolina 45 to set up Atlanta's winning touchdown with 20 seconds left. The Panthers need better consistency from Baker.


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