Driver could be back for Pack

As Brett Favre extends his streak of consecutive games played, the longest tenured Packer, WR Donald Driver, is hoping he doesn't miss a second straight game.

Donald Driver has missed more than one game in succession only once in his celebrated 12-year career.

If Driver gets his way, he won't be starting an unwanted streak Sunday, when the Packers play at the rival Minnesota Vikings.

"I'm hoping everything works out, and I'll be going on Sunday," Driver said.

Driver has been dogged by a thigh injury for a month, so much that he didn't play in Green Bay's last game, a 45-7 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 7. It was his first missed game because of injury since Week 2 in the 2003 season.

"It was bad enough that I couldn't play, and knowing me, I'm one of those guys that can fight through anything," Driver said. "I couldn't fight through it anymore. It was one of those things I had to let it heal on its own."

A similar quadriceps injury cost him three straight games midway through the 2001 season.

The Packers' bye last week and more time off for Driver this week — he didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday— can only help him in his bid to play against old teammate Brett Favre and the Vikings.

Other than saying the goal is for Driver to try to practice Friday, head coach Mike McCarthy didn't shed any light Thursday on the status of his veteran starter for the game.

"Donald obviously has played a ton of football for us, so I'm not as worried about the practice reps," McCarthy said. "It's really about Donald getting healthy and trying to limit the risk of this (injury) being a repeated situation."

McCarthy reiterated that Driver's condition this week is better than what it was before the Packers' win at the New York Jets on Oct. 31. Driver, though, made what was a bruised thigh worse by straining it in the first half of that game.

It was the second straight game he didn't have a catch after he had a team-record streak of 139 games (including playoffs) with at least one reception.

"I'm OK with it," Driver said. "You get to a point where you'd rather win the game than catch a ball.

"Everything must come to an end, and my streak came to an end. It was a great run. It'll probably last forever now."


  • DE Ryan Pickett went through portions of the padded practice Thursday, albeit on a limited basis, for the first time since aggravating a right ankle sprain in the last game Nov. 7. That makes his status shaky for Sunday's contest on the artificial turf at the Minnesota Vikings.

  • OLB Clay Matthews has been held out of the contact portions of practice the last two days to ensure his availability for Sunday. Matthews, who has a league-high 10 1/2 sacks, is nursing a shin injury he suffered Oct. 31.

  • C Scott Wells was added to the injury report Thursday and didn't do much in practice because off an arch injury that flared up. The injury isn't cause for concern, so Wells should be OK to make the start Sunday. Jason Spitz would be ready in an emergency.

  • FB Korey Hall experienced a tight back at the outset of practice Thursday and was held back. He, too, was added to the injury report. Hall's condition will be monitored Friday before a decision is made on his status for the game. He has been the starter for most of the season, but the Packers would be covered if Hall can't play with Quinn Johnson and John Kuhn, a natural fullback who's been working in a rotation with Brandon Jackson at halfback.

  • TE Andrew Quarless went through the full practice Thursday for the first time since he suffered a shoulder sprain Oct. 31 and missed a game. If Quarless checks out Friday, the rookie figures to be activated on game day.

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