GREEN BAY – Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba and inside linebacker Sam Barrington are both expected to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, meaning the Green Bay Packers will simply be thing at linebacker rather than in peril of having to play guys out of position, like baseball teams needing a position player to pitch.
Mulumba, who didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday because of an ankle injury, practiced Friday and figures to be the third outside linebacker behind starters Mike Neal and Nick Perry with Clay Matthews out. Rookie Sam Barrington was given the day off Friday but practiced the other days this week and should be ready to back up starters A.J. Hawk and Jamari Lattimore with Brad Jones out and Robert Francois on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles’.
Here’s the full, official injury report for Friday:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he felt fine with the depth at linebacker and wasn’t concerned about his two rookies.
“We’re ready to go,” McCarthy said.
Meanwhile, McCarthy said cornerback Casey Hayward, who wasn’t ruled out to start the week – the first time that’s happened since the season started – still isn’t game ready. Hayward injured his hamstring while working out on his own before training camp and re-injured the hamstring Aug. 23 against Seattle. He didn’t practice Wednesday but took part on Thursday and Friday.
“I think Casey is further ahead this week than he was last week, but he’s not ready to go,” McCarthy said. “We’ll do the testing process Monday or Tuesday like we normally do, and then we’ll see where he is as we prepare for Wednesday’s practice. Coaches will have information probably Tuesday morning because that’s how we go about it as far as game planning and how that affects our game plan.”
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