As the Packers enter their final week of practice in the regular season with home-field advantage in the playoffs all wrapped up, there were several absences from practice on Wednesday, notably tight end Jermichael Finley and wide receiver Randall Cobb.
Cobb and Finley were surprise additions to the injury report given that the team had not disclosed any new injuries in the immediate aftermath of the most recent game, a win on Christmas Day over the Chicago Bears. Their injuries were announced as a groin for Cobb and a knee for Finley.
"He's sore," head coach Mike McCarthy said about Cobb in his press conference. "He won't practice tomorrow again. He'll see the doctor Friday morning so he potentially may go on Friday."
McCarthy also said that he didn't learn of Finley's injury until right before the day's practice, so he didn't have much information on it and had no feeling on the severity or status of the tight end.
Neither wide receiver Greg Jennings nor tackle Bryan Bulaga practiced on Wednesday either, but only Jennings was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions on New Year's Day.
"Greg's not ready to play this week," said McCarthy. "I had an opportunity to watch him go through his rehab workout. He's getting close, but he won't be ready to go."
Though Bulaga wasn't officially ruled out of the regular season finale, McCarthy indicated he won't practice until Friday when he'll see the team doctors again.
The news wasn't all negative at practice, however. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was cleared from his concussion suffered in Week 14 and practiced on a limited basis for the first time in three weeks. Pickett will be given all week to see whether or not he'll be available to play in the Lions game.
Tackle Chad Clifton was also a full participant in practice as the coaching staff decides whether he'll be able to return to play in the Week 17 game or the playoffs.
Clifton has been missing since Week 5 when he suffered a hamstring injury and later had his progress impeded by a back issue.
"I'd like to play Chad, but Chad hasn't been through a padded practice yet," said McCarthy. "We're going to be in pads tomorrow, so that will be a threshold day for him. We'll take the full week and make some decisions."
McCarthy has not come out and announced his strategy for the relatively meaningless final regular season game, whether he'll rest his starters or give his injured players more time to recuperate before the playoffs.
The head coach has said the team will play to win the game, but with which players remains in doubt. McCarthy said he's getting his team prepared to play regardless of circumstances because of the unforeseen variables that can pop up at any time.
"Hopefully nothing happens over the course of the week, but things do happen on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at practice," said McCarthy. "So it's important to have everybody ready.
"There's things that we've had guys get sick Saturday night, we've had every scenario, we've had guys show up to the stadium breaking out in hives, so you have to get ready to play the game. That will be our approach, and it won't change this week."
It's a valid point by McCarthy. He could have every intention of sitting quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, but if backup Matt Flynn contracts an illness or has a freak injury in the next four days, the Packers would be left with little recourse than to have Rodgers at least active for the upcoming game.
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