After their weekly day off on Tuesday, the Packers begin their first day of on-field preparations for the New York Giants on Wednesday.
Wednesday represents the beginning of the last week the players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list can return to practice. In Green Bay, that includes Jerel Worthy, Sean Richarson and J.C. Tretter.
Technically, the PUP list players don't have to practice on Wednesday. They have until Friday when their five-week window to begin practicing closes.
But for all intents and purposes, the Packers will have their minds made up by today. Once the players start practicing, a new three-week window opens in which the players must either be activated, placed on injured reserve or released outright.
The decision on Worthy could go either way. He says he's healthy and ready to return from last season's torn ACL, but he has yet to start practicing and with defensive line being so deep, there's little room for Worthy on the Packers roster.
As for Richardson, his career could be decided this week. He says he's been cleared by doctors to return to action, but like Worthy, the Packers have yet to allow him to practice.
If Richardson doesn't start practicing, the Packers may be forced to release him after he had spinal-fusion surgery in the offseason.
Tretter would seem to be a long shot after breaking his ankle back in May, but with recent injuries on the Packers offensive line, there's perhaps a glimmer of hope depending on whether Tretter is truly healthy enough to give it a go.
Apart from the players on the PUP list, Wednesday will also be notable for the quarterback position in Green Bay.
It will be Matt Flynn's first practice since re-signing with the Packers, but Scott Tolzien will be getting the majority of the practice reps as the team's new starting quarterback.
Head coach Mike McCarthy is scheduled meet with the media at 1:15 p.m. CT in a press conference to be streamed live on the Packers official website.
The Packers will also release their first injury report on Wednesday, and observers will be waiting to see the status of players like Casey Hayward, Nick Perry, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Don Barclay, all of whom were injured in the recent Eagles game.
In the evening, safety M.D. Jennings will host the weekly J-Mike and M.D. Show from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. CT on WDUZ 107.5 FM and 1400 AM in Green Bay.
The show originates from Thornberry Creek golf course in Oneida, Wis. in front of an audience and will be streamed live on TheFan1075.com.
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