The biggest news of the day is that first round draft pick Datone Jones dropped out out practice, but on the positive side, both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Randall Cobb returned.
Here’s a look at the walking wounded in Green Bay…
Dropping Out of Practice
Defensive lineman Datone Jones, ankle
Commentary: Jones appears to be a victim of bad luck. After returning to practice on Monday following a sprained ankle suffered in the first preseason game against the Cardinals, Jones rolled the same ankle in practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. It’s too early to know the severity, but perhaps with this most recent setback, the Packers will decide to rest Jones until the regular season and not risk further injury.
Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba
Commentary: McCarthy used strong phrasing when he said Mulumba’s knee “blew up” in meetings last night, but there’s a chance he just means there’s swelling. The Packers head coach was unsure of Mulumba’s availability for Friday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Returning to Practice
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, illness
Commentary: McCarthy admitted from the get-go that he expected Rodgers to return to practice on Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s session with a head cold. Because the starters typically play the most in the third preseason game, it was good for Rodgers to get back into the swing of things in the Packers’ final tuneup for the Seahawks on Friday.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb, biceps
Commentary: Cobb practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday, apparently doing very little, but the fact that he returned at all should indicate that he’s at least making progress. McCarthy said Cobb has a chance to play on Friday, something the coaching staff would probably like to see given it will be the best opportunity for Cobb to play with the rest of the first-string offense and get in tune with Rodgers before the regular season begins.
Wide receiver Charles Johnson, knee
Commentary: Johnson hasn’t been seen since Day 2 of training camp when he dropped out with a knee injury. That was 27 days ago. It will be extremely difficult for Johnson to make up for lost time, but he’ll have just over a week and perhaps two preseason games to prove his worth.
Cornerback Loyce Means, ankle
Commentary: Means only missed one day of practice, so nothing seems to be serious. Friday’s game against the Seahawks may be his last chance to make an impression if he’s able to extend his stay in Green Bay beyond the first cutdown date to 75 players, for which the deadline is Aug. 27.
The following players’ status hasn’t changed (anticipated return in parentheses):
- Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, knee (hoping for regular-season opener)
- 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)
- Tight end Matthew Mulligan, elbow (undetermined)
- Safety Sean Richardson, neck (undetermined)
- Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, knee (undetermined)
- Offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, ankle (regular season at the earliest)
- Cornerback James Nixon, knee, ankle (undetermined)