Also never seen this before: a guy ruled out on Wednesday — CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) — practiced today. Maybe his status will change.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 3, 2013
An odd scene unfolded at Green Bay Packers practice when cornerback Casey Hayward took part in Thursday’s session despite being ruled out for Sunday’s game, and in pads nonetheless.
Hayward is dealing with a hamstring injury originally pulled before the start of training camp and then aggravated during the preseason.
On Wednesday, head coach Mike McCarthy refused to put a timeline on Hayward’s return, saying only that they would have a better idea on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
The Packers take on the Lions this weekend and will have to do so with a combination of Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde and perhaps Jarrett Bush as a slot cornerback.
Other than Hayward, the only other notable development was that linebacker Clay Matthews was also said by beat reporters to have practiced in pads as well.
Matthews was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice as he comes back from a hamstring pull of his own suffered in the Packers last game during Week 3 in Cincinnati.
Otherwise everything else was status quo as it was during the previous day’s practice.