GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s a good thing the Packers have only one more game before their bye week, because their already lengthy injury list continues to grow.
Six starters have been ruled out for Green Bay’s Sunday matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, including fullback John Kuhn (hamstring), outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee/wrist), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy (concussion). Wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal surgery) and safety Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) are out for a longer stretch.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, is listed as questionable. Nelson hasn’t been able to practice all week, but went through rehabilitation work Friday.
“Jordy’s work today went well,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “They pushed him further than they have all week. So we’ll see how he is (Saturday) morning, and we’ll give him the opportunity to take it to the game.”
Rookie safety Jerron McMillian injured his back this week and is also questionable.
“His back kind of locked up on him last night,” McCarthy said. “He was in treatment this morning. I don’t really have a whole lot of information, but I’m hopeful that he can go.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf), nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle), defensive end Mike Neal (ankle), left guard T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), tight end Jermichael Finley (shoulder) and wide receiver Donald Driver (neck/thumb) all are probable.
That’s a total of 14 players on the Packers’ 53-man roster who are injured in some way. That number does not include the four players on injured reserve: linebackers Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith, and running backs Cedric Benson and Brandon Saine. Benson was given the team’s designation to return this season and could be back in Week 14 if he has recovered from his Lisfranc foot injury.
“Our players don’t blink in this type of situation,” McCarthy said. “It’s an unfortunate part of the game of football. Some of the greatest careers that have been established throughout the history of the league and a lot of players have been given an opportunity (with someone) getting injured.
“It’s just like any challenge that you deal with, the mindset, the approach is important. But ultimately it comes down to the coaches making sure the players are ready and the players going out there and performing.”