Only 2 #Packers players not practicing were OLB Mike Neal (abdomen) and DE C.J. Wilson (ankle).
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 4, 2013
For a team with 12 players on season-ending injured reserve, the health situation in Green Bay could certainly could be better.
But as far as the 53 players on the current roster go, the Packers are in relatively good shape coming off a mini-bye week of sorts, following the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions.
Only linebacker Mike Neal and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson missed practice for the first day of on-field preparations for Sunday’s upcoming matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike Neal has missed practice multiple times this season while still suiting up for games, giving hope that he’ll be ready in time for this weekend’s contest as the Packers stay alive in their hopes for a playoff berth.
Wilson, meanwhile, missed the Lions game after suffering an ankle injury the week prior.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers also practiced on Wednesday, but according to reports, Matt Flynn still worked as the starter at the position. Still holding out hope for Rodgers’ return, the quarterback has not yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Also in the good news department, center Evan Dietrich-Smith returned to practice after being forced to exit the Thanksgiving game after suffering his second knee injury of the season.
According to reports, linebacker Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps) and tight end Brandon Bostick (concussion) also returned to practice after missing the last game.