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Injury intrigue

by Mark Daniels

Well, look who's tossing a football inside the Don Hutson Center?  It's none other than Aaron Rodgers.  He returned to practice today for the first time since Shea McLellen of the Chicago Bears crushed Aaron's left collarbone to the Lambeau Field turf November 4.  It caused quite a stir around Titletown. Wonder how it played in Detroit?   After a "jog through" only practice, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Aaron did very limited work during individual drills.   It went well, Aaron felt good he said but this was only one small step in the rehab process that team trainers wanted to put him through.  McCarthy said it's still a real stretch to think he could play Thursday against the Lions.  When asked about his comment Monday of his playing chances at "slim to none", McCarthy quipped today, "He's closer to none."  Curiously though, Rodgers hasn't been officially ruled out.

Matt Flynn got the reps with the starting offense today, a good indication he'll get the call at Ford Field against a team he's played twice.  The first time was the last time the Lions beat the Packers, 7-3, in 2010, when Rodgers got knocked out with a concussion.  He started against Detroit in the 2011 season finale and hit the free agency jackpot.  That 480 yard, 6 touchdown game landed him the huge deal with Seattle.  He's got to be thinking about that this week.  

More promising injury news today. Don Barclay was limited in practice after missing a start at right tackle with a knee injury.  Sam Shields was a full participant coming off a hamstring pull.  Johnny Jolly was also back full time after missing the Vikings game with a groin pull.   Jolly should help the run defense after they were gashed for 232 yards by Minnesota.  Shields is very important to the secondary because Calvin Johnson is teamed once again with Nate Burleson.  Neither played in the Pack's victory over Detroit at Lambeau, a game the defense kept the Lions out of the end zone.

As for the rest of the injury report, Brandon Bostick did not work because of a concussion, same for Johnathan Franklin dealing with a concussion and neck injury.  Jamari Lattimore missed with a quad injury, Mike Neal was a full participant off a sore abdomen, Marshall Newhouse was full with a shoulder injury, Nick Perry was limited with a foot and ankle sprain, Josh Sitton was full with a sore back and C.J. Wilson sat it out with a bad ankle.

Because the team is beat up, and they played 75, not 60 minutes Sunday, McCarthy had just a jog through workout today and the only full speed practice will take place Wednesday, just hours before the board their charter and head for the motor city.