Packers-Cowboys: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

-- S Nick Collins is close to returning to game action, which might happen as early as Thursday. Coach Mike McCarthy asserted Friday that Collins, upon his return, would stand to regain his starting job. The coaches, though, could consider having a tandem of Collins and rookie Aaron Rouse, thus bumping hard-hitting, but inconsistent strong safety Atari Bigby out of the starting lineup.

"That's something that we'll take the (upcoming) week in practice. Those decisions, the baseline will be more medical than anything," McCarthy said. "For a production standpoint, Nick Collins is our starting safety and will be so as we move on. But, I'm very pleased with the way Aaron's played. Those will be more medical decisions."

-- TE Bubba Franks is a possibility to return to action Thursday at Dallas. Franks has missed the last five games because of a sprained knee. He has been limited in practice the past two weeks.

-- DE Aaron Kampman ascended to the top of the league's sacks list with 11 after notching two in the Thanksgiving win at Detroit. Kampman has eight sacks in the last six games. -- DT Justin Harrell is likely to be activated against the Cowboys, in the wake of serious injuries sustained the last two games by tackles Johnny Jolly and Colin Cole. Harrell, the team's first-round draft pick this year, has played in only two games this season and none since the middle of October.

-- LB Tracy White on Thursday aggravated an ankle injury that has bothered him the past few weeks. The key special-teams contributor was deactivated in the previous game.

-- CB Will Blackmon is progressing in his recovery from a broken foot sustained in practice in early October and could gain clearance for a return to game action in the next couple weeks.

-- QB Brett Favre was a passing virtuoso from the two-minute mark of the second quarter to the first minute of the fourth quarter. He completed a team-record 20 straight throws, to seven different players, for 233 yards in a span of four possessions, which resulted in 20 points (two TDs, two FGs). With that, Favre added another notch to his recent run of incredible efficiency. He finished 31-of-41 for a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns, with a passer rating of 128.2.

-- CB Tramon Williams excelled in his primary role on the special-teams units. He had a 33-yard kickoff return early in the game and, in the second quarter, had a touchdown-saving tackle when he made up nearly 15 yards by sprinting to chase down Cason on a 74-yard kickoff return.

-- Wide receivers Patrick Crayton (ankle) and ex-Packer Terry Glenn (knee) are rehabbing, and CB Anthony Henry is "getting better," according to coach Wade Phillips.

Henry played in his fourth consecutive game Thursday against the Jets, but hasn't yet returned to the top of the depth chart as he recovers from a left high-ankle sprain.

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