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Packers CB Casey Hayward Suits Up for Second Consecutive Thursday Practice

From Green Bay Packers practice on Thursday:

As Demovsky notes, just because Hayward practiced a week ago didn't mean anything for his game-day status when he sat out of the game against the Detroit Lions.

The difference this week, however, is that Hayward has been yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens whereas last week at this time he was already declared out.

Hayward has yet to play during the 2013 regular season due to a hamstring injury that he originally aggravated shortly before training camp.

The Packers are missing the big-play ability they got from Hayward's six interceptions a year ago. Currently Green Bay is negative-two in turnover ratio this season in part due to forcing very few on the defensive side of the football.

Hamstring injuries continue to plague the Packers defensive this season with linebacker Brad Jones set to miss the Week 6 game and cornerback Jarrett Bush limited by injury as well.

Safety Morgan Burnett, linebacker Clay Matthews and fullback John Kuhn have all come back from hamstring injuries suffered earlier in the year.

Head coach Mike McCarthy will give an update during his press conference later Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: Hayward was officially listed as a limited, not full, participant in Thursday's practice.

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TommyG's picture

I've got a pretty good feeling this is just another head fake by MM. If he was ready to go he would be flying this from every flagpole.

Stroh's picture

No they wouldn't be telling the world. Keeping his status under wraps keeps the opponent guessing. Better to let them have uncertainty till the last minute than to announce it early. This is standard operating procedure for all teams. Makes no sense to disclose anything right now.

Really think this is common knowledge among football fans.

razor's picture

Mumbles McCarthy.

Lucky953's picture

The Packers didn't know Calvin j was out until morning of the game. The less info your opponent has, the better your chances.

ben's picture

Shields & House are top-notch and very good on the outside. Tramon is back to his old self. To get their 5 best d backs on the field, in their base defense (the nickel), Hayward may have to get worked in at the safety position. He may have the ideal skill set for it.

If you can try sharrod or datko or barclay at guard, you could look at hayward at safety. He translates. mcMillian the dime.

nick perry's picture

Really, you think so? Hayward had a pretty amazing season last year playing the slot. QB rating when throwing at him was in the low 30's. Lets get him on the field first then worry about a luxury like to many good corners. If Jacoby Jones doesn't play I'd rather see Hayward get the extra rest and make sure he's 110% healthy. It's a new player every week with hamstring problems for the Packers.

June's picture

Who believes this was actually a hamstring injury?? This just seems WAY too long to be out for that. Am I underestimating the severity of hamstring injuries??

Brian Carriveau's picture

You have to consider that he aggravated the hamstring in Week 3 of the preseason. Had he not done that, he probably would have been ready in time for the start of the regular season. But by having a setback, everything was pushed back.

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