Packers news: Billy Turner returns to practice on Thursday

Green Bay Packers, Billy Turner (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Billy Turner (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Billy Turner returned to practice for the Packers on Thursday.

The guessing game for the Green Bay Packers at right tackle continues.

Billy Turner, listed as the starter on the depth chart (for what it’s worth), returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday.

On the Packers’ updated injury report on Thursday ahead of their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Turner was upgraded to a limited participant. That’s a step in the right direction but it doesn’t give us a much better clue about his availability for Sunday’s game. There’s quite a big range of possibilities for being “limited” at practice.

Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette provided some detail on Turner’s return to practice.

I’m not a medical expert, but it sure seems like Turner is 50/50 for the weekend. When Matt LaFleur said earlier in the week that we’d have to wait to see who is the starting right tackle, maybe it’s because he also has no idea who it will be.

It’s good news that Turner was in pads, but the Packers will likely need him to continue to make progress through the week to be able to start against the Vikings.

In other injury news, linebacker Oren Burks was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday, a great sign he’ll be ready to go for Sunday’s game. And he could have a big role to play, especially if safety Raven Greene is out. Greene remained a limited participant on Thursday due to a quadricep injury.

Defensive lineman Montravius Adams also remained a limited participant. He’s dealing with a toe injury.

Friday is the all-important day for the injury report. It’s when each player’s game status will be released. Don’t be surprised if Turner is listed as questionable for the game which, again, won’t give us a particularly great idea whether he’ll be playing.

Maybe that’s not so bad. It keeps the Vikings guessing.