Brad Jones must be injury-free in 2014. Raymond T. Rivard

Green Bay Packers 'encouraged' by recent status of injuries


Getting Brad Jones back on the field will be a huge boost to the Packers defense.
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While it may seem that the core of the Green Bay Packers is continuously imploding due to injury after injury, news reported by Mike McCarthy after yesterday’s practice should suggest otherwise.

In a post-practice press conference, several key cogs to the Packers look like seeing the field may be within reach, if not this Sunday versus Minnesota, then definitely against the Chicago Bears.

The following players were listed as fully participating in practice after today’s session:

CB Jarrett Bush, CB Casey Hayward, LB Brad Jones, RB James Starks

Each player’s news is a relief to the Packers going forward. A healthy Jarrett Bush would bring back the leader of the special teams who after last Sunday are needing his return after looking a bit suspect in giving up an 86-yard kickoff return to speedster Travis Benjamin and a 56-yard kick return to Fozzy Whitaker later in the game.

Hayward and Jones should help in completing the restoration of the Green Bay defense that is playing with a welcome stinginess this year only allowing opponents an average of 13 points per game during these three-game winning streak.

Adding Starks back to a deadly, rushing attack ranking fifth in the NFL right now should provide depth behind rookie sensation Eddie Lacy who has found himself front and center in the rookie of the year honors. Maybe the most encouraging news is that seven-year pro, James Jones, may be able to return this Sunday which would speak volumes of his ability of to recover quickly.

Most importantly, it would add much needed depth and veteran intangibles to a depleted receiving corps.

The Packers and their fans should be rejoicing right now. It looks like an already gelling group of “fill-ins” per-se experiencing victory may be getting some additional firepower going forward.

Things are looking bright in Green Bay today.

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