Packers-Raiders: Player notes

Injury updates, news on individuals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- DT Johnny Jolly underwent an MRI on Tuesday, the results of which "didn't look good," according coach Mike McCarthy.

Jolly has missed the past two games because of a strained shoulder. McCarthy acknowledged that the team is considering putting Jolly on injured reserve.

-- QB Brett Favre was limited to some light throwing at the outset of practice Wednesday, but he hopes to start Sunday against Oakland. Favre is on the mend with a bruised right (throwing) elbow and an aggravated left shoulder separation, game-ending injuries he sustained early in the second quarter in the 37-27 loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 29.

-- CB Charles Woodson didn't practice Wednesday as he continues to recover from a sore big toe that kept him out of the last game. Coach Mike McCarthy said the team would be "cautious" in deciding whether it would allow Woodson to play Sunday against Oakland, his former team.

-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was limited Wednesday but "practiced hard," according to McCarthy. He was held out of the last game because of a sprained ankle.

-- S Aaron Rouse has been cleared to resume playing Sunday after a sprained knee sidelined him for the last game. He doesn't appear on the injury report this week. Rouse probably will be the No. 3 safety after the rookie had started three games before the injury.

-- TE Bubba Franks remains hampered by a sprained knee that has kept him out of game action since late October. He didn't practice Wednesday and will be iffy to play Sunday.

-- LB Tracy White was a non-participant Wednesday as he deals with a lingering ankle injury. White, a key contributor on special teams, has missed only one game amid the hardship.

-- QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a strained hamstring at the end of practice Tuesday. Rodgers could be out for as much as two weeks.

OAKLAND RAIDERS
-- QB Daunte Culpepper denied ESPN, Fox and Yahoo.com reports that said his quadriceps injury occurred in a post-practice match race Nov. 28 with CB Stanford Routt, who was a college sprinter.

-- SS Hiram Eugene won't come out and say it, but it appears he has overtaken Stuart Schweigert as the Raiders' starting strong safety. Eugene had one glaring error against Denver but generally played well two days after coach Lane Kiffin said he and Schweigert would split time. "Hiram's playing really well right now," Kiffin said. "He's tackling well and doing things."

-- TE Zach Miller has been getting open on deeper routes the past two games and had a 13-yard touchdown catch against Denver. His style could be suited to a game in Green Bay with a wet, frozen or muddy field, and he seems to have a good rapport with QB Josh McCown.

-- WR Jerry Porter was given Wednesday off to rest but is expected to rejoin practice Thursday and be available to face Green Bay.

-- LT Barry Sims was given Wednesday off to rest but is expected to rejoin practice Thursday and be available to face Green Bay.

-- C Jeremy Newberry was given Wednesday off to rest but is expected to rejoin practice Thursday and be available to face Green Bay.

-- DT Warren Sapp was given Wednesday off to rest but is expected to rejoin practice Thursday and be available to face Green Bay.

-- WR Matt Trannon, a 6-foot-6, 216-pounder who played on the Michigan State basketball team, was signed to the practice squad.


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