GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy liked what he saw from Davon House, so House liked what he heard from the Green Bay Packers head coach.
Whether it’s enough to get him on the field against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, though, remains to be seen.
Here’s Tuesday’s official injury report for Thursday’s game between the Packers and Bears, as both teams practiced for the first time after their Sunday games:
House tested out his left shoulder, which he injured Aug. 9 in the preseason opener at San Diego, by working against wide receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin – all of whom he jokingly warned before practice to be ready.
“I told them right when I got there, I said, ‘I’m full go today.’ They were like, ‘Today’s Tuesday.’ I said, ‘Well, I have to test it out, so either you go full speed or not,’” House said after practice. “Hopefully I did enough today that I’m at least in the conversation. I feel confident enough that I can go out there on Thursday. It’s going to be different with pads on, but today without pads it felt great.”
Apparently, House looked good enough to impress McCarthy, who said he thought House looked “very good today in his work. I was very encouraged watching him work bump and run, sticking his hand and arm in there. That’s always the first thing you’re looking for when a corner is coming back from a shoulder injury, so I thought it was very encouraging. I haven’t spoken to him. I’d like to see how he feels in the morning.”
McCarthy also had mildly encouraging news on Jennings, who did not practice because of the groin injury he suffered against San Francisco. McCarthy seemed to suggest that Jennings might be able to play some but not all snaps against the Bears.
“I know his workout and his rehab went pretty good, so we’ll see how (he is). (Wednesday) will be the big day,” McCarthy said. “I think it’ll be more of an endurance issue. (That) is the concern.”
Starks is unlikely to play as the turf toe injury he suffered against the Chargers remains an issue. McCarthy called him “doubtful” for Thursday but suggested he might be able to play on Sept. 24 in Seattle.
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