The Packers saw more players return to practice than drop out on Monday, which is a good sign they’re getting progressively more healthy.
The third preseason game is typically when the starters see the most action of any week during the exhibition schedule, so the Seahawks game on Saturday should be a good opportunity for the starters to work together for an extended period of time.
Here’s a look at the walking wounded in Green Bay…
Returning to Practice
Cornerback Casey Hayward, hamstring
Commentary: Hayward came off the PUP list on Monday and practiced for the first time during the Packers’ 2013 training camp. According to reports, he was working with the second-string defense behind Sam Shields and Micah Hyde at the cornerback position. It could just be a case of the team bringing back Hayward slowly. Last week they had DuJuan Harris, Ryan Taylor and Kevin Dorsey all practice, but none of them played in the Rams game on Saturday.
Defensive lineman Datone Jones, ankle
Commentary: Jones sprained an ankle on his first and only play of the team’s preseason opener, and Mike McCarthy acknowledged he would miss “a couple days.” After sitting out an entire week of practice and the second preseason game, Jones was back in action on Monday, albeit in limited fashion. He appears to be making strides, but it still remains to be seen whether he’ll be back for the Seahawks game on Saturday.
Tight end Andrew Quarless, quad
Commentary: Quarless returned to practice for the first time in two weeks on Monday, and not a moment too late. Between coming off a serious knee injury in 2011 and the more recent quad injury, Quarless needs to be out on the field to prove he’s healthy and earn a roster spot. He can’t do that on the sidelines.
Running back DuJuan Harris, knee; tight end Ryan Taylor, knee; wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, hamstring
Commentary: Despite all three practicing last week, Harris, Taylor and Dorsey were held out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams. They didn’t suffer any setbacks. The Packers were just being cautious in their comebacks. Predictably, they practiced on Monday and should play against Seattle. Harris even worked with the first-string at running back.
Dropping Out of Practice
Tight end Matthew Mulligan, arm
Commentary: Mulligan dropped out of the Rams game on Saturday with what is confirmed by McCarthy to be an elbow injury and did not practice when the team returned to action on Monday. The Packers head coach did not have a timeline for return on the tight end but said he would be “challenged” to play in Friday’s preseason game against the Seahawks.
Cornerback James Nixon, knee and ankle
Commentary: McCarthy mentioned that Nixon pulled out of the Rams game with knee and ankle injuries. Little other information was shared on Nixon.
The following players’ status hasn’t changed (anticipated return in parentheses):
- Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, knee (regular-season opener)
- Wide receiver Randall Cobb, biceps (presumably day to day)
- Cornerback Tramon Williams, knee (a couple weeks, as of 7/30)
- Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga, knee (likely out for entire season)
- Offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, leg (undetermined, on his “last hurdle,” according to McCarthy)
- Wide receiver Charles Johnson, knee (undetermined)
- Safety Sean Richardson, neck (undetermined)
- Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, knee (undetermined)
- Offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, ankle (regular season at the earliest)