For the first time this season, the Packers were required to disclose the specific nature of injuries on Saturday, the first day of training camp practice in 2014.
During the offseason, the Packers and all NFL teams aren't required to discuss injuries.
Returning to Practice
Clay Matthews, thumb
Matthews sat out of the entirety of the team's offseason program as he recovered from surgery on his twice-broken thumb. He reportedly was observed wearing a cast, although his fingers were exposed. This would qualify as very good news for a player expected to be among the leaders of Green Bay's defense.
Chris Harper, hamstring
After taking part in the majority of the offseason program, Harper missed the last week or so of minicamp with a hamstring injury. After a month and half off, it wouldn't appear the injury has lingered.
Andrew Quarless, undisclosed
Quarless also missed the entirety of the offseason program, although the club nor Quarless would set the record straight on the particular reasons why. It's very possible it could be related to the severe knee injury he suffered in 2011, which included multiple torn ligaments, although that injury didn't force him to miss any time in 2013.
Dropping Out of Practice
Nick Perry, foot and knee
The bad news is that after missing the entire offseason program, Perry's mulitple injuries from last season appeared to have lingered into the start of training camp. If there's a silver lining, however, it's that head coach Mike McCarthy classified Perry as being "close" to returning despite being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Friday.
Mike Neal, abdomen
Neal spent several week on the 2013 injury report with the same abdomen issue, what McCarthy called a "core" injury. He lumped Neal in the same category as Perry, saying he's "close" to returning, which would be good news. Neal also started training camp in 2013 on the PUP list, but was quick to come off a few days later.
Jerel Worthy, lower back
After missing the first 11 weeks of last season as he recovered from a torn ACL, Worthy should be very worried about his roster security after McCarthy said on Saturday that the defensive lineman is "going to be some time." Even when healthy enough to play, Worthy has yet to do much in a Packers uniform. Placed on the non-football injury list, Worthy presumably suffered the injury while away from team facilities during the summer.
Letroy Guion, hamstring
McCarthy shed little information on Guion's injury other than to acknowledge it was a hamstring. Like Worthy, Guion was also placed on the non-football injury list.
Jeff Janis, illness
McCarthy qualified Janis' issue, saying it was "just an illness." It wouldn't appear as if he will be out for long.
T.J. Lang, shoulder
Lang did take part in practice on Saturday, just not all of it. McCarthy said, "T.J., just being smart with him. He obviously was a participant in practice. He just has a shoulder; he's kind of working through some things."
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