Packers-Cowboys: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from both teams

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is no better than questionable to play Thursday night at Dallas. The pass-rush specialist suffered a game-ending sprained ankle in the second quarter at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. He didn't practice this week and did only rehab work on the field Tuesday.

"Today (Tuesday) we tested it out, and now we just take it day by day," said Gbaja-Biamila. "It feels good right now, so we'll see how it feels tomorrow and how it feels leading up the game, and the coaches will make their decision on game day."

-- FS Nick Collins has the green light to return to the starting lineup after missing the last three games because of a sprained knee. Collins was a full-time participant in practice this week.

-- S Aaron Rouse, who was Collins' starting replacement, is considered questionable for the game. He sustained a sprained knee and missed most of the second half of the last game. He was limited in practice Tuesday.

-- RT Mark Tauscher did little in practice this week but is aiming to make the start Thursday. Tauscher aggravated a sprained ankle at Detroit and was pulled out of the game for the final quarter.

-- TE Bubba Franks, who was in line to return to game action for the first time since suffering a sprained knee against Washington on Oct. 14, had a setback at the end of practice Monday. That kept him out Tuesday and leaves his availability for Thursday up in the air.

-- CB Will Blackmon apparently passed the test of three straight practices this week and could be activated Thursday. Blackmon had been sidelined since suffering a broken foot in practice in early October.

-- RB Ryan Grant is on the injury report because of a sore ankle, but he went the full practice Tuesday and is expected to make the start in the game.

-- DT Justin Harrell will be activated for only the third time. This year's first-round draft pick is being pressed into service as the No. 3 tackle, with Johnny Jolly (strained shoulder) out for at least another game and Colin Cole (broken arm) on injured reserve.

DALLAS COWBOYS
-- WR Patrick Crayton said he is good to go for Thursday's game against the Packers. He is not fully healed from the sprained ankle that kept him out of last Thursday's game against the Jets but he is healthy enough to play. Crayton will not take any pain killers before the game. He said the ankle feels better when he gets warmed up.

-- LB Bradie James is having a Pro Bowl season. At least that is the opinion of coach Wade Phillips. James leads the team with 96 tackles and is the team's vocal and inspirational defensive captain.

-- CB Anthony Henry will continue to come off the bench as a nickel corner as he remains slowed by a high-ankle sprain that kept him out of three games earlier this season.

-- CB Roy Williams has no complaints about a defensive package that takes him off the field when the opposing team goes with three receivers. The Cowboys put cornerback Anthony Henry in the game, leaving three cornerbacks to go along with free safety Ken Hamlin.

The package led to Williams' streak of 90 straight starts coming to an end against the Jets last Thursday. "Whatever needs to be done to help the team win, I'm all for," Williams said.


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