Starting left guard Daryn Colledge was held out of Friday's practice and is listed as questionable on the injury report with a sprained right foot, meaning he's a 50-50 proposition to play on Sunday against Cincinnati.
But after practice, Colledge strode across the locker room as if his foot was fit for a night of tap dancing.
"It was just a tweak. It was a matter of somebody stepping on it and me going the wrong way," Colledge said of Thursday's injury. "It was just one of those things that they were like, ‘Hey, it's a little sore, let's just be careful.' The coaches and the staff felt that it was safer to just say, ‘Hey, you've worked enough, we know that you can do your job, let's just give you a chance to rest and be ready.' I want to be 100 percent for the weekend. We've got a great defense coming in here and it's going to take more than 90 percent of me."
Coach Mike McCarthy said Colledge will be tested on Saturday to determine his availability. Normally, a player who doesn't practice on Friday won't play on Sunday, but Colledge's case is different because he practiced on Wednesday and part of Thursday before the injury.
If having Colledge at left guard is Plan A, McCarthy was coy about Plan B. Presumably, it would mean center Jason Spitz would move to left guard and Scott Wells would replace Spitz at center. The other option would be to promote rookie T.J. Lang so Spitz can stay at center.
"We're going to play our best five players on the offensive line, and that's what our decision will be based on," McCarthy said. "If Daryn can't go, we'll make those adjustments."
Colledge's availability is critical. While the Packers would be able to get by without him at left guard, he's also the backup to Chad Clifton at left tackle. There doesn't appear to be a Plan C at left tackle.
"I'm ready to go," Colledge said. "I expect to be out there. I haven't missed a start yet, and I don't plan on missing one this week."
Packers injury report
Out — Safety Atari Bigby (knee); running back Brandon Jackson (ankle). Questionable — Colledge; defensive lineman B.J. Raji (ankle). Probable — Cornerback Will Blackmon (thigh); kicker Mason Crosby (abdominal); receiver Greg Jennings (wrist). Of that group, Bigby and Jackson did not practice, Colledge, Crosby and Jennings were limited participation and Blackmon and Raji were full participation. Clifton was limited as well, but McCarthy said there was nothing wrong with Clifton and that he just wanted to give him a break.
Crosby, Raji ready to go
After practice, Crosby went inside Lambeau Field to kick and reported no problems with his ab strain. He said he kicked field goals from as far as 45 or 46 yards with the wind in his face.
"We just hit some field goals," said Crosby of his first work since Sunday. "I felt like I went after them. Once that adrenaline gets going in the game, it's going to be fast and I'm going to go after the kicks. I made sure to try to get as close to that as possible and didn't feel anything. I feel good with it. I think the rest did me well."
Meanwhile, Raji was a full participant at practice all week and, unless defensive line coach Mike Trgovac sees something he doesn't like when watching the film, the first-round pick appears poised to make his NFL debut.
"I was able to work on not just trying to get through practice but work on my technique, work on different things that I'll try to use on Sunday," Raji said. "I pray to God I play on Sunday, but at the same token, I don't make the decision."
Bengals injury report
Out — cornerback David Jones (foot); guard Nate Livings (knee); tackle Andre Smith (foot). Probable — tackle Scott Kooistra (knee); halfback Brian Leonard (chest); quarterback Jordan Palmer (illness). Kooistra, Leonard and Palmer were all full participants at practice. Of note, Livings is the starting left guard.
— The Bengals have won four straight over NFC North teams, including their 2005 matchup against the Packers. Carson Palmer had three touchdown passes in that game. Since 2005, Palmer's 89 touchdown passes trail only Peyton Manning (118) and Tom Brady (102) in the AFC.
— The Bengals are 7-1-1 when running back Cedric Benson gets at least 20 carries in a game.
— Since 1992, the Packers are an NFL-best 102-35 at home. The first of those wins came against Cincinnati, when Brett Favre replaced an injured Don Majkowski and threw his famous last-second touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor. The 17th anniversary of that game will be on Sunday.
— The Packers might be 1-0 and the Bengals 0-1, but Green Bay ranks 28th in the NFL in offense and 22nd in defense while the Bengals are 16th in both. The difference? Green Bay was plus-4 in turnovers last week while Cincinnati was minus-2.
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