As injuries pile up, Packers shorten practice

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Injuries have become such a problem for the Packers that coach Mike McCarthy had to shorten Wednesday’s practice by more than 20 minutes.

With nearly 25 percent of Green Bay’s roster either unavailable or participating on a limited basis, the Packers hobbled into their week of preparation for this Sunday’s home game against the 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars.

Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings, who has missed three consecutive games with a groin injury, is not healing as quickly as the team expected and could remain out even longer.

“Greg Jennings is currently getting a second opinion, so we’re still gathering information on Greg’s injury,” said McCarthy, who indicated the team might shorten practice again Thursday. “That’s where we stand today.”

Jennings had been Green Bay’s only injured wide receiver this season, but both Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and Donald Driver (neck) were unable to make it through Wednesday’s practice.

“Jordy’s hamstring tightened up on him today,” McCarthy said.

Driver wasn’t too concerned with his injury.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I just had a little tightness in my neck. I decided that if I couldn’t look to my left or right, so I had to (stop practicing). … It was a little swollen. I did some treatment, so I can go to my left now. I’m back. I’m good.”

Left guard T.J. Lang (elbow), center Jeff Saturday (neck) and Pro Bowl fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) were other new additions to the Packers’ injury report.

“Just things that occurred in the game,” McCarthy said. “Just being smart. I’m not sure anybody (of those three) is in danger of not playing, but it’ll take the full week.”

The less encouraging news for the team was the status of rookie outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee) and cornerback Sam Shields (shin/ankle), both of whom missed Sunday’s win in St. Louis.

“As of today, there is not a plan (for Perry and Shields to play),” McCarthy said. “They were not ready to test today and will be evaluated again on Friday.”

Pro Bowl nose tackle B.J. Raji, who has missed two consecutive games with an ankle injury, is a bit further ahead in his recovery.

“B.J. will probably go through a rehab-part practice tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “So we’ll find out more tomorrow.”

This was also the Packers’ first practice without eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson on the field. Woodson, who has moved from cornerback to safety this season, broke his collarbone in the final minutes of Sunday’s game and will be out approximately six weeks.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was listed on the injury report again, as he was last week, due to a calf injury. However, Rodgers was able to participate in every aspect of practice.

Tight end Jermichael Finley is still playing through pain after dislocating the AC joint in his right shoulder and was limited in practice.

“I’m playing through a pretty big injury,” Finley said. “When I’m playing, it doesn’t hurt at all. I can’t feel it because the adrenaline is rushing, I’m hyped up. But that Monday morning, trying to shift, I’m like, ‘Man, is something holding me back?’ But every week it’s fading away.

“I feel about 85 percent right now.”

Green Bay has two more games before its bye week, so it’s possible McCarthy could keep Jennings, Raji, Perry and Shields out until the team returns from that break.

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