Packers cornerback Tramon Williams didn’t practice on Thursday because of the flu-bug that has been making its way around the Packers locker room this season. “I really don’t have feel for that one way or the other. He came in and obviously had flu symptoms. He was given medication and was sent home. We’ll probably know more in the morning,” head coach Mike McCarthy is quoted as saying by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Williams has caught a lot of grief for a poor game against the Vikings last week, but the truth is that he’s been one of the best defenders on the team this season. He’ll be needed against the Vikings if he’s healthy.
More on Tramon Williams and the flu comes from CBSSports.com.
The Packers could lose John Dorsey from their front office. “Two national media reports pegged the Green Bay Packers director of football operations as a candidate for vacant general manager jobs, with CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora reporting that Dorsey will interview this weekend for the New York Jets GM job while both La Canfora and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Dorsey is a leading candidate for the GM job in Kansas City, where ex-Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is expected to be named the Chiefs’ head coach,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. It makes sense that Dorsey could be re-united with Reid as both have a familiarity as employees of the Packers back during the 90s.
It appears that Charles Woodson won’t play the slot cornerback position in the nickel defensive package where Casey Hayward plays, but Woodson will play the slot in the dime package during Saturday’s playoff game. “They’re similar in a lot of things that they do, so they’ll both be out there at the same time,” Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt is quoted as saying by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Wood will play safety sometimes, he’ll play dime. He really won’t play as much nickel because we’re comfortable with what Casey has done in that role and he’s comfortable with it. He sees how Casey has played and knows we want to have our best 11 out there at all times.” That makes sense. And that also means that Jerron McMillian will play less than usual on defense.
If there was any doubt Jordy Nelson would play on Saturday, those concerns seems to have dissipated. “Wide receiver Jordy Nelson (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday and said in the locker room afterward that he expects to play against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night,” writes Tom Silverstein at JSOnline. Randall Cobb was also a full participant at practice on Thursday, so it appears the Packers will have their full complement of top-flight receivers.
More on Jordy Nelson comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
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