The Green Bay Packers released their injury report Monday following their 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings. Besides the obvious that Aaron Rodgers will most likely miss another week with a broken collarbone, some new names were added to the injury list, while others appear to be getting a little healthier and may have a chance to play this week against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
Among those injured on Sunday, both tight end Brandon Bostick and halfback Jonathan Franklin suffered concussions against Minnesota and left the contest early. Considering the league’s concussion protocol it’s highly unlikely either player will be ready to play against Detroit this week. Look for either Ryan Taylor or Jake Stoneburner to step up and be used in the passing game alongside starter Andrew Quarless in the Packers’ two-tight end sets.
Offensive linemen Josh Sitton (back) and Marshal Newhouse (shoulder) also suffered injuries in Sunday’s game. If the Packers would have practiced today, Sitton would have been ruled out and Newhouse would have been limited, according to the team’s report. The Packers continue to deal with injuries on their offensive line, and there’s no clear sign yet that Sitton will be ready to play this Thursday.
The team may rest both Newhouse and Sitton during the week, but the fact that neither player left Sunday’s game because of the injury is a good sign that both can play through the pain against Detroit.
The Packers also upgraded starting right tackle Don Barclay from “did not participate” to “limited” today. This means if the Green Bay would have conducted practice, Barclay would have been on the field in some capacity. It is encouraging news that the Packers might have their starting offensive line intact soon. The Packers have definitely missed Barclay’s physical presence on the line the past two games. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go against Detroit.
Defensive players Jamari Lattimore (quad) and C.J. Wilson (ankle) also suffered injuries against Minnesota and will miss time this week. The Packers defense continues to be decimated by injuries. Starters Sam Shields (hamstring), Nick Perry (foot/ankle), and Johnny Jolly (groin) all sat out Sunday’s contest, which hurt the defense. The good news is that on Monday the Packers upgraded all three players to “limited,” meaning they’re each a step closer to returning to the field.
On a short week, it’s hard to tell who will be back from injury and ready to play against Detroit. But the fact recent inactives Barclay, Shields, Perry, Jolly, and Shields were all upgraded to “limited” on Monday means there’s a chance they could practice this week and be ready play by Thursday.
Stay tuned for more Packers injury updates this week. If any of these players practice Tuesday or Wednesday that bodes well for their chances of playing Thursday against the Detroit Lions.