GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy had to shorten practice on Wednesday because of the long list of injuries his team was dealing with, and the Green Bay Packers coach will likely have to do so again Thursday in advance of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field.
Here’s a look at the full, official injury report from Wednesday:
McCarthy did not sound in any way encouraging about Jennings, who was off seeking a second opinion on his lingering groin injury, or about Perry or Shields, neither of whom was deemed ready for practice Wednesday.
Asked if the medical staff planned to test Perry or Shields on Thursday and practice on Friday in hopes of playing Sunday, McCarthy replied, “As of today, there is not a plan. We went through like we do every week (on) Wednesday, they were not ready to test today and will be evaluated again on Friday.”
McCarthy did give some ray of hope for Raji, who went down Oct. 7 and Indianapolis.
“B.J. will probably go through a rehab-part practice (on Thursday). So we’ll find out more (then),” McCarthy said.
McCarthy did not sound concerned about Kuhn, Lang or Saturday, who suffered their injuries in last Sunday’s victory at St. Louis, or about Nelson, whose hamstring “tightened up” at practice Wednesday, according to McCarthy.
“Just being smart,” McCarthy said. “Those things will all be answered in practice throughout the week. I’m not sure anybody’s in danger of not playing, but it’ll take the full week.”
Saturday said his neck injury wasn’t an issue.
“I’m good to go,” Saturday said. “You have to put everything on there for the NFL. Anything you’re getting treatment for or whatever. That’s what that is.”
For the Jaguars, Jones-Drew won’t play and will be replaced by Rashad Jennings, coach Mike Mularkey said.
“Fortunately we have Rashad Jennings. We have good depth at the running back position,” Mularkey said. “We didn't have Maurice through training camp, and at least when the starters were in there, starters against starters, we were pretty efficient with Rashad.”
Injuries have been a season-long theme for the Jaguars, which has had an impact on their 1-5 record.
“We have guys stepping into positions, which we've had all year, especially defensively they've had to step up and play,” Mularkey said. “Some special teams guys are starting for us now their seventh game and doing the best they can. It's just a matter of the next guy's got to step up and we've got to make some plays and hopefully put him in a position to be successful, coaching, with the scheme.”
Gabbert, meanwhile, vowed to play despite his non-throwing shoulder being in rough shape with what is reportedly a torn labrum.
“I feel great. I'll be practicing today and going from there,” he said in a conference call before practice. “You've just got to do your best not to worry about it. It's not going to affect anybody if you don't think about it. It's just mind over matter. You've just got to go out there, practice, keep practice and learn the game plan.”
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