Notebook: Jones ready for 2008 debut

His return could be important with Martin battling a broken finger; final injury report announced.

Packers receiver James Jones, out since the second preseason game with a knee injury, is on target to play on Sunday against Detroit.

"Perfect. Ready to rock. Ready to go," Green Bay's No. 3 receiver said after Friday's practice.

Jones is looking forward to making his season debut — "it can't come no faster," he said — and his quarterback is happy to get the powerful Jones back.

"James definitely adds another dimension to our offense," Aaron Rodgers said. "He's a guy that goes makes plays down the field. He's got incredible hands, so it's going to be good having him back."

That's especially true if Ruvell Martin is held out of the game with a broken left ring finger. Martin is listed as questionable on the injury report, meaning there's a 50 percent chance he'll be able to play. He practiced again with a hefty cast on his hand, though he would need only a splint if he plays Sunday. With Jones back, the Packers might elect to give Martin a week off.

Green Bay injury report

Probable (75 percent chance player will be available)

Safety Atari Bigby (ankle), full participation; linebacker Brandon Chillar (back), full participation; tackle Chad Clifton (knees), full participation; defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee), full participation; running back Brandon Jackson (concussion), full participation; wide receiver James Jones (knee), full participation.

Questionable (50 percent chance)

Running back Ryan Grant (hamstring), full participation; wide receiver Ruvell Martin (finger), limited participation; safety Charlie Peprah (hamstring), full participation; safety Aaron Rouse (ankle), did not participate cornerback; Charles Woodson (toe), did not participate.

Out (player will not participate).

Guard Josh Sitton (knee), center Scott Wells (back).

Detroit injury report


Linebacker Paris Lenon (knee), full participation; linebacker Ernie Sims (ankle), limited participation); quarterback Drew Stanton (right thumb), limited participation.


Defensive end Corey Smith (hamstring), limited participation.

Starting over

Several plays into the job-through portion early in Friday's practice, McCarthy had seen enough mental mistakes by the offense. After a few choice words, he had the unit start from the first play of the script.

"The practice started not very good, it got better in the middle and it didn't finish very good for the offense," McCarthy said. "I was just a little unhappy with some of the things that went on offensively, but we corrected it on the field and we'll correct it again tomorrow. We're prepared. We've had a good overall week of practice, better than our preparation last week from my viewpoint, but we need to learn to finish a practice week.

Watching, rehabbing

A few weeks ago, Josh Sitton was the Packers' starting right guard. A knee injury sustained in the second preseason game, however, has derailed a promising rookie season.

Sitton said there's no timetable for him to get back on the field. Monday was a bittersweet night, with him relegated to spectator as the Packers upended the Vikings.

"Any time you're not out there playing, it's hard to just sit and watch,"he said. "You want to be out there competing with your teammates. I've just got to focus on my knee and get my knee better."

'Hawg' Hanner dies

Dave "Hawk" Hanner, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who played for the Packers from 1952 to 1964, tied Thursday after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday. He was 78.

Upon his retirement, he was hired by Vince Lombardi to coach the defensive line, then was hired by Dan Devine as defensive coordinator, a post he held until 1980. He spent 15 years as a scout until retiring in 1996.

He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and E-mail him at

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