Guard Josh Sitton returned to practice in limited fashion on Wednesday for the first time since exiting with a knee injury the Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit.
But as positive a development as it was for Sitton to return to practice in any capacity, head coach Mike McCarthy is tempering his enthusiasm.
"In Josh Sitton's particular case, he went through the individual drills today, felt very good," said McCarthy. "But talking to the medical staff prior to practice, they didn't feel as good about him.
"It's kind of a common theme you go through dealing with the doctors vs. players."
Sitton has dealt with various ailments since early in the season that have included his ankle and knee, which may have been contributing to him not having as good a season as 2010 when he was named the NFL Alumni Association's Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Regardless, Sitton has been a starter since 2009 and the offensive line is better with him than without him.
Evan Dietrich-Smith has started in place of Sitton the past two games and performed capably but not spectacularly in his place.
In the two games Sitton hasn't started, Green Bay's quarterbacks have been subject to six hits and two sacks against the New York Giants and seven hits and four sacks against the Oakland Raiders.
It's probably safe to assume if Sitton is healthy, he'll play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs as the Packers look to lock up home-field advantage with a win.
But right now, the jury is still out on Sitton.
"We'll see how Josh is tomorrow, and maybe potentially he'll do more tomorrow," said McCarthy. "I don't have a feel either way on Josh."
In other injury news, Ryan Pickett didn't practice on Wednesday, which came as a slight surprise given the optimism McCarthy expressed on Monday saying he was hopeful Pickett would be available on Sunday.
It's still very possible Pickett will be able to return this week, though he's still going through the protocol of returning from concussion.
Linebackers A.J. Hawk and Vic So'oto were both full participants in practice after both of them missed practice time at some point last week and neither played in the Raiders game.
As expected, wide receiver Greg Jennings and tackle Chad Clifton did not practice.
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