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Hawk Ahead of Bishop in Recovery from Injury

A.J. Hawk is further along in his recovery from a calf injury than fellow inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, head coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday press conference.

Neither Hawk nor Bishop practiced today, the Packers first practice of the week in preparation for their game this upcoming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

"Desmond is not going to practice today or tomorrow," said McCarthy. "He'll be challenged to get on the field this week. A.J. is further ahead. I had the chance to watch A.J. a little bit in his rehab. He's getting close."

Based upon McCarthy's comments, he left the door open to Bishop possibly practicing on Friday, the final day of practice before the Raiders game, but by saying he'll be challenged to get on the field this week, he didn't sound particularly optimistic.

It would seem that Hawk, meanwhile, would have an opportunity to practice both Thursday and Friday.

And as of right now, that would appear the most likely scenario would include Hawk and D.J. Smith as the starters on Dec. 11 against the Raiders.

Both Hawk and Bishop sustained calf injuries in the Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions and missed last week's game against the New York Giants.

Smith and Robert Francois stepped into a difficult situation Sunday in New York, and while they didn't play poorly, both of them missed two tackles each, according to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus in an interview earlier this morning on Cheesehead TV's Railbird Central.

In other injury news, offensive linemen Josh Sitton and Chad Clifton have both been ruled out for the Raiders game, which is no different than last week.

Cornerback Charles Woodson practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday as he goes through the protocol of returning to full-time action after suffering a concussion in New York.

"He looks good, and I would anticipate he'll play this week," said McCarthy said of Woodson.

After learning linebacker Erik Walden would be charged with disorderly conduct from a Brown County court this morning, McCarthy said Walden's status has not changed and would start this weekend. He also said they would continue to monitor his situation.

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John's picture

I cannot tell from your post if Woodson is playing this week or not. One part says that Siton and Woodson are both ruled out, but then at the end you quote McCarthy stating that he should play.

CSS's picture

Typo, should say Sitton and 'chad clifton' are ruled out.

Woodson was a participant today, should play Sunday.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Fixed. Thanks.

BrianD's picture

Brian, you wrote that Charles Woodson is out instead of Clifton and nearly gave me a heart attack.

MadMan's picture

I assume you mean Josh Sitton and Chad Clifton will sit out this week since Woodson practiced. Glad to see hawk back in the line up. Not the most dynamic player but steady. He does a good job of getting the defense set.

packsmack25's picture

"Assignment-sure" is to LBs what "game manager" is to QBs.

MadMan's picture

Boy, are we good to pick that up.

davyjones's picture

what about Starks?

PackerAaron's picture

Didn't practice today. I'd be surprised if he plays.

aussiepacker's picture

Hey Aaron what was your thoughts on EDS's game stepping in for Sitton?

PackerAaron's picture

He was serviceable - but it wasn't pretty.

jack in jersey city's picture

newhouse wasn't pretty either

lebowski's picture

very diplomatic of you :)

Jack's picture

All those injuries from the Thanksgiving Day game have me wondering why, during the CBA negotiations, the players' union didn't push for a ban on teams having to play multiple games within a narrow time frame. It seems the Packers' injuries are thought to be related to fatigue brought on by playing 3 games within 11 days.

Nitschke66EP's picture

What's the chances of this game being a platform for improving the running game even though Starks is out???

Bob's picture

At this point 12-0, let Hawk, Bishop, & Sitton sit another week. Their injuries heal better and second tier players get more experience. It's a win/win situation, I am a little surprised that as bad as the pass defense has been this year. That they haven't given House some time on the field.

keeley2's picture

Anyone hear how close Clifton is to returning?

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