GREEN BAY – Since he didn’t have to issue an official injury report Tuesday, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t dishing out much information beyond the good news of safety Charles Woodson finally being cleared by doctors and wide receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb being expected to play.
In the cases of wide receiver Jordy Nelson (knee) and defensive end Jerel Worthy (knee), McCarthy simply promised “more information for you tomorrow,” leaving their status for Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card playoff game uncertain. McCarthy wasn’t asked about wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who suffered an ankle injury.
McCarthy had sounded an ominous tone about Worthy on Monday, one day after Worthy left the field on a motorized cart and left the Metrodome on crutches with a large brace on his left knee following the team’s 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Nelson, meanwhile, left the game with his knee injury but returned to catch the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Nelson, who’d missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, said he felt he had to go back in after Boykin suffered his injury on a huge fourth-down reception that kept that drive alive.
“You get bumped and bruised throughout the whole game. With the situation we were in, we’re playing playoffs no matter what, so Doc (team physician Pat McKenzie) was cautious about it and wanted to be smart, but when Boykin went down, there was no choice,” Nelson said. “I knew I could get through it and I was able to.
“I told them I was going back in. we were down to Jeremy Ross, who’s been here for two months. I told them if they wanted Zebra (three-receiver personnel) down in the red zone, I’d be able to do it. And we were able to make a play.”
Asked Sunday if he would be ready to play in the playoff game, Nelson replied, “Oh, yeah.”
Meanwhile, Cobb said it was a “50/50” decision that he sit out Sunday’s game with the ankle and knee injuries he suffered against Tennessee on Dec. 23. He also said he was “pretty sure” he would’ve played Sunday had it been a playoff game.
“We felt it was the best option to hold out and I think I’ll be ready to go this week,” Cobb said. “Definitely another week of rest will (allow it) continue to get better and hopefully be to a level where I can perform at a high level on Saturday.”
Cobb said he didn’t know whether he’d be back on both punts and kickoffs after replacement Jeremy Ross performed well in both areas against the Vikings. Cobb suggested they both could be used on returns, but quickly said he said he wanted to do both.
“Definitely. That’s who I am. If I’m able to and the coaches feel that they want me out there, I’ll be out there,” Cobb said. “Jeremy had some great production the last two games, and I expect him to be out there, too. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but whenever our number is called, we’ll be out there on the field.”
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