Not practicing for the #Packers: Casey Hayward, James Starks, Clay Matthews, Andy Mulumba, Brad Jones, Greg Van Roten.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 9, 2013
Perhaps the only surprise at Wednesday’s Green Bay Packers practice was the absence of Andy Mulumba.
The rookie linebacker never appeared to be injured during the Packers’ last game this past Sunday, but sometimes injuries makes themselves known after the adrenaline of a game wears off.
Among the bigger issues for the Packers is that they’re currently rather thin at the linebacker position, both inside and outside.
Without Mulumba and Clay Matthews, who’s expected to be missing for the next month as he recovers from surgery on his thumb, the Packers are down to just three healthy outside linebackers: Mike Neal, Nick Perry and untested rookie Nate Palmer.
The Packers are also down to just three fully healthy inside linebackers as well in A.J. Hawk, Jamari Lattimore and the similarly untested Sam Barrington.
Jones figures to be resting the hamstring he aggravated in Week 5. When he’ll return to action is unknown, but head coach Mike McCarthy will give an update after practice later this afternoon.