The Packers received a dose of good news on Thursday as wide receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Jermichael Finley and tackle Bryan Bulaga all returned to practice on Thursday, albeit in limited fashion.
Jennings practiced for the first time since sustaining a sprained knee in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders.
According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Twitter, “Jennings returned to the field for the first time today, participated in 7-on-0 drill with the offense. Looked pretty good running routes.”
Despite practicing, Jennings has already been ruled out of the regular season finale against the Lions and probably will return for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs with the Packers having already clinched a bye in the first round.
Finley and Bulaga also returned to practice on a limited basis with head coach Mike McCarthy indicating Bulaga took part in individual drills.
Bulaga has been out since also suffering a knee injury in the Week 15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Finley hasn’t sat out of any games but did miss Wednesday’s practice after alerting the team of soreness in his knee.
Whether the coaching staff decides to play either Finley or Bulaga on New Year’s Day versus Detroit remains to be seen. It could very well be a situation where the Packers err on the side of caution and give them more time to rest and recover, because the game has no playoff implications for the Packers.