The Packers held out hope as long as possible that they might be able to use 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod this season by placing him on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but those hopes officially came to an end on Tuesday when he remained on the reserve/PUP list. “Sherrod is recovering from a severe leg injury — he broke both bones in lower right leg last December — and after spending all season on PUP was able to practice in a limited role the last two weeks,” writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “However, he still was noticeably gimpy at times and is not nearly ready to help the Packers’ short-handed offensive line this season.” The Packers could have used a healthy Sherrod this season, but a half-healthy lineman is of no use. They can only hope he’s ready to play at a high level starting next season.
More on Derek Sherrod comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
In terms of good news, wide receiver Greg Jennings is a certainty to play against the Vikings on Sunday barring any setback. “Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during a press conference Tuesday that the question with Jennings, who has missed the last seven games, is how many snaps he’ll be able to handle against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. Jennings looks to be a full participant in practice this week. He’s not going to play every play from scrimmage on Sunday, but as long as he progressively gets better and plays more every week, the Packers will be in good shape.
At the very least, running back Cedric Benson won’t be practicing this week. “Under the NFL’s new IR exemption rule, Benson is allowed to return to practice after six weeks and to the games after eight weeks,” writes Tom Silverstein at JSOnline. “Thus, he’d be eligible to play Dec. 9 against the Detroit Lions. For now, everything is still on hold.” Mike McCarthy indicated during Tuesday’s press conference that the team will have more information on Benson on Wednesday, which could mean he’ll need surgery on his injured foot. That is merely speculation, however. But it doesn’t seem as if there’s anything else they can possibly announce.
More about the potential return of all the injured Packers players comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, during his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee (540 AM WAUK), had positive things to say about tight end Jermichael Finley, calling him a good teammate and discussing an article in Packer Plus about their relationship the previous week. “Rodgers said Tuesday that what Finley said in the story didn’t have any impact on their relationship,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “The two have been meeting each Saturday night before games to go over the offensive game plan and discuss nuances of certain plays.” Finley, for what it’s worth, has put together back-to-back good games.
Aaron Rodgers also talked about several other topics, including a poor performance against the Giants, their choice to go for it on fourth downs and his relationship with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
Mike McCarthy won’t make any sweeping changes, writes Paul Imig of Fox Sport Wisconsin.
Cheesehead TV’s own Zach Kruse looks at the adversity the Packers are facing in his weekly column at JSOnline.
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler breaks down some Xs and Os and answers a few questions in his weekly video series at JSOnline.
A Christmas tree has been installed outside Lambeau Field as a video from Fox 11 shows.
The weekly Tuesdays with McCarthy feature appears at Packers.com.
Comments from Mike McCarthy’s Tuesday press conference appear at JSOnline.
The Packers fell to ninth place in the AP’s weekly Pro32 poll.
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