GREEN BAY – Well, now here’s a twist: Surprisingly good news on the Green Bay Packers’ injury front.
Outside linebacker Nick Perry, who missed last week’s game against Cleveland with a foot injury that he suffered Oct. 13 at Baltimore, took part in practice Friday and could play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
“Last week I wasn’t sure we’d have Mike Neal and Mike Neal played some, so you always hold out hope until the game comes,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said, referring to how Neal didn’t practice at all during the week because of a bruised shoulder but then played against the Browns. “We’re just going to have to wait and see, I think Nick’s felt better, he’s progressing all week. … Sometimes you might take a guy right up to game time before you have to turn in the inactive list.”
Here’s the full, official injury report from Friday:
The news of Perry’s injury broke the day after the game against the Ravens, and it was more than a bit surprising because he went back into the game. Perry was injured in the closing seconds of the first half when he sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and forced a fumble. Ravens offensive lineman Marshal Yanda landed with his full weight on Perry’s right ankle area but after sitting out the third quarter, Perry reentered the game in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay sports radio station WDUZ and WTMJ in Milwaukee both reported that Perry suffered a broken foot, but the fact that he was back practicing on Friday would indicate that the injury wasn’t that severe.
“I don’t really know. I’m taking things one day at a time right now,” said Perry, who had recorded three sacks in a two-game span before getting hurt. “I’m questionable. I could or could not. It’s going to be up to the medical staff and everybody else. … I may give it a go this week.
“It’s possible (I could play). But it’s not up to me. A lot of it is going to come from the medical staff and the head coach. … At the end of the day, it’s not going to be my call.
“If they need me, I want to play. But I have to be smart about it and they have to be smart about it as well. This is a long season. I think we have the people do to is, but it wouldn’t hurt to have me out there as well.”
Asked what type of foot injury he was dealing with, Perry replied, “(The issue is) pain tolerance. I can walk and run and do all that stuff on it. But there’s still some gray area there. I just have to make sure I’m ready.”
The Packers are already playing without Matthews, their four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker who suffered a broken thumb against Detroit on Oct. 6, and Brad Jones, one of their starting inside linebackers who left that Oct. 6 game with a hamstring injury. Jones participated in each practice this week but may still be a week away from returning given the team’s history with recurring hamstring injuries.
Starks appears ready to return to action for the first time since suffering a knee injury Sept. 22 at Cincinnati. Starks had rushed for 132 yards the previous week against Washington and had carried 14 times for 55 yards against the Bengals at the time of his injury.
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