TE Jermichael Finley was confident when he left the locker room in Indianapolis on Sunday that his shoulder injury would not prevent him from playing this week, and he was not backing off that stance on Wednesday.
“I’m not going to let an AC joint in the shoulder hold me back,” Finley said. “God willing, if this recovery goes well, I’m for sure playing.”
Finley, who has not yet returned to practice, said the only issue for him is how the shoulder will respond to contact. He said he has his range of motion back. He indicated he’s not planning on doing any contact drills in practice this week, so he’d be taking a bit of a risk by testing the shoulder for the first time in a game, but that’s not going to deter him.
“I think they want me to play, and my mindset is to play,” Finley said.
DL B.J. Raji, meanwhile, wasn’t as definitive but said he’s going to do everything he can to get his injured ankle well enough to play.
“I have an optimistic personality. I try to be positive,” Raji said. “At the end of this week, if I can’t go, I can’t go, but knowing I’ve put in all I can to give it a chance, that’s what I rely on.”
In non-injury news, OLB Nick Perry said he was fined for the helmet-first hit he laid on Colts QB Andrew Luck that drew a flag and wiped out a fumble recovery by the Packers in the red zone. Perry didn’t disclose how much the fine was, but he wasn’t surprised by the fine after getting the unnecessary roughness penalty in the game. Perry’s helmet didn’t contact Luck’s head, but the crown of Perry’s helmet hit Luck square in the chest.
“I just have to be smart with the way I wrap up,” Perry said. “I feel like I did the right thing by getting him down, but it wasn’t good enough. There’s a better way to approach it.
“I led with the crown of my head, and for that, I get fined. I just have to be more focused on making the play without my head.”
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Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak and DE J.J. Watt were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday afternoon. To listen to Kubiak and Watt talk about Sunday’s game in Houston, click on the links below.
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Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday that RB Cedric Benson has been placed on injured reserve with the designation to possibly return this season.
That’s a new rule in 2012, and each team gets one such IR designation. Benson must sit out a minimum of six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games before he’s eligible to return.
McCarthy said the Packers were targeting Benson to possibly return from his foot sprain for the final four weeks of the season, though that’s a premature projection.
McCarthy also said regarding TE Jermichael Finley, DL B.J. Raji and WR Greg Jennings that all three would rehab their injuries this week, and the earliest any of them would return to practice would be Friday. With all three players, McCarthy said he might take it all the way up until game time to see if they’re able to play.
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In what amounts to no surprise at all, TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder) and DL B.J. Raji (ankle) were not practicing in the portion of Wednesday’s workout open to the media. On Monday, Mike McCarthy gave both “a chance” to play this Sunday.
Also not practicing were RB Cedric Benson (foot), who is out for at least several weeks, WR Greg Jennings (groin) and S Sean Richardson (hamstring).
McCarthy will address the media following practice, and the first official injury report of the week will be released.
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