Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was able to update the status for four of his hobbling players Wednesday afternoon.
The news was positive for some, quite the opposite for at least one other.
Bad news first.
The Packers placed running back Cedric Benson (Lisfranc injury) on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list, a new provision teams have that allows players to practice after six weeks and return after eight. McCarthy remained optimistic that Benson could return still this season, especially the final four weeks.
Benson, an August free-agent pick up, leads the Packers in rushing this season with 71 carries and 248 yards rushing in 2012. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Monday night that Benson would miss at least eight weeks with the injury, and the entire season if surgery was required.
The Packers have yet to announce a player taking Benson’s roster spot.
The injury news was decidedly better for receiver Greg Jennings (groin), tight end Jermichael Finley (shoulder) and nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle).
According to McCarthy, all three will miss practice until at least Friday. It’s possible that none of the three will practice this week, but each is likely be a game-time decision for Green Bay’s Sunday night matchup with the 5-0 Houston Texans.
Jennings, who re-aggravated a groin injury against the New Orleans Saints, has missed two games this season and the better part of a third. The Packers are taking a cautious approach with his recovery the second time around.
Both Finley and Raji were hurt in Indianapolis; Finley (slightly dislocated AC joint) on a diving catch attempt in the second half, and Raji (left ankle sprain) in the first half when he got his ankle twisted up. Expect both to be at least questionable for Sunday.
Finally, Packers rookie linebacker Nick Perry was fined $15,000 for his hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck during the first half Sunday. He was given a 15-yard penalty on the play, which wiped out a fumble recovered by the Packers. Perry will appeal the fine.