#Packers practice: Matthews and Perry both working. TJ Lang was not present. Aaron Rodgers was here observing QBs. No one else out.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) November 6, 2013
On Monday, an injury to rookie Andy Mulumba left the Packers with just two true outside linebackers for the remainder of the game against the Bears, no more backups. Only Mike Neal and Nate Palmer were healthy.
So the Packers received a dose of good news and good health on Wednesday as they began the first day of on-field preparations for the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. A pair of former first round draft choices practiced for the first time in weeks: Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Matthews practiced in a club cast, protecting his surgically-repaired thumb, as predicted he would. Matthews hasn't played since Week 5 against Detroit.
Perry, meanwhile, practiced for the first time since Oct. 25 after not practicing at all last week. He hasn't played since Week 6 at Baltimore when he reportedly broke a bone in his foot.
Guard T.J. Lang was not present at practice. He suffered a concussion on Monday. Presumably, Don Barclay took over his spot at right guard just as he did during the game.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was present at practice, mostly observing but actually worked on his footwork, according to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Rodgers broke his collarbone in the Bears game and will miss an undetermined amount of time.