GREEN BAY – While there was a big name on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report on Wednesday – that of quarterback Aaron Rodgers – the bigger question facing the team in advance of Sunday’s game at St. Louis is what to do at inside and outside linebacker and at cornerback after several players went down in last Sunday night’s victory at Houston.
Here’s a look at the official injury report:
Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he would possibly land on the injury report, but McCarthy said his injury was “not a major concern.” With Rodgers not taking the No. 1 offensive snaps, backup Graham Harrell got extra work.
“It was good work for Graham today. He got to do no-huddle in pre-practice. He got to do the no-huddle drill against the defense. He was able to get all the blitz work,” McCarthy said. “I thought he did a nice job. It's hard to get the backup quarterback reps during the season and this was a good day for him."
While Smith has been ruled out, Perry’s and Shields’ status is up in the air. McCarthy hasn’t ruled either player out but did confess that they’re longshots to play.
“I know we're waiting on a (knee) brace for Nick today, so we'll see where he is (Thursday),” McCarthy said. “I think both those guys will be stretched to make it this week."
McCarthy suggested that Green’s injury is not a concern, either, and that he was able to take most of the regular reps.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Andrew Quarless each practiced for the first time on Wednesday, starting the three-week clock on them as they transition from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster. The Packers now have three weeks until they must decide whether to activate them, release them or put them on season-ending injured reserve, although both appear ticketed for the 53-man roster.
McCarthy said he didn't pay close attention to either player in practice Wednesday, when they both worked on the scout teams. Based on McCarthy's post-practice comments, neither player will be activated to the 53-man roster this week.
"Andrew and Frank are both going to work the look teams all week. That's our plan, just to get them back into football," McCarthy said. "At some point, we'll incorporate them into the special teams. We just felt the first day back was just to let them play offense and defense."
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