A.J. Hawk is further along in his recovery from a calf injury than fellow inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, head coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday press conference.
Neither Hawk nor Bishop practiced today, the Packers first practice of the week in preparation for their game this upcoming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
"Desmond is not going to practice today or tomorrow," said McCarthy. "He'll be challenged to get on the field this week. A.J. is further ahead. I had the chance to watch A.J. a little bit in his rehab. He's getting close."
Based upon McCarthy's comments, he left the door open to Bishop possibly practicing on Friday, the final day of practice before the Raiders game, but by saying he'll be challenged to get on the field this week, he didn't sound particularly optimistic.
It would seem that Hawk, meanwhile, would have an opportunity to practice both Thursday and Friday.
And as of right now, that would appear the most likely scenario would include Hawk and D.J. Smith as the starters on Dec. 11 against the Raiders.
Both Hawk and Bishop sustained calf injuries in the Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions and missed last week's game against the New York Giants.
Smith and Robert Francois stepped into a difficult situation Sunday in New York, and while they didn't play poorly, both of them missed two tackles each, according to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus in an interview earlier this morning on Cheesehead TV's Railbird Central.
In other injury news, offensive linemen Josh Sitton and Chad Clifton have both been ruled out for the Raiders game, which is no different than last week.
Cornerback Charles Woodson practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday as he goes through the protocol of returning to full-time action after suffering a concussion in New York.
"He looks good, and I would anticipate he'll play this week," said McCarthy said of Woodson.
After learning linebacker Erik Walden would be charged with disorderly conduct from a Brown County court this morning, McCarthy said Walden's status has not changed and would start this weekend. He also said they would continue to monitor his situation.
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