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TE Williams tweaked his hamstring; Starks ready, Jennings not sure

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 11, 2012 – 4:33 pm

TE D.J. Williams missed practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury he sustained at the end of practice on Wednesday, Mike McCarthy said. His status for Sunday’s game at this point is up in the air. The same goes for TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder), and if both players can’t play, the Packers would be down to just two active tight ends in Tom Crabtree and Ryan Taylor.

“He’s never had a hamstring injury before, so this is new territory for him,” McCarthy said of Williams. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”

Williams termed the injury a “little tweak” that’s low in his hamstring, not deep and high in the thigh. He caught two passes for 20 yards in last week’s game after Finley went down, and McCarthy said he was potentially a big part of the offensive plan.

“I felt like I was starting to move along,” Williams said. “It was the same thing in the preseason and I had that little foot nagging injury. But you have to stay positive with a good attitude, so that’s what I’m doing and it’ll all work out.”

McCarthy reiterated on Thursday that he could take decisions on veterans Finley, WR Greg Jennings (groin) and DL B.J. Raji (ankle) up to game time, even if none of them practice this week.

Jennings spoke with reporters and said he gives himself “a chance” to play, but he didn’t sound overly optimistic. He said he doesn’t expect to do any real testing of the injury this week, so it could come down to whether the Packers test him on Sunday in Houston or just let him continue to rest.

“Physically I feel good, (but) physically I felt good before,” said Jennings, who has injured his groin twice this season already. “Only time will tell.”

Meanwhile, RB James Starks has yet to play this season, primarily due to a turf toe injury from the preseason opener, but he’s now off the injury report and expecting to be active on gameday for the first time with RB Cedric Benson on injured reserve.

RB Alex Green has been named the starter by McCarthy, who also said the offense will go with the “hot hand.” That could mean an opening for Starks, who says he’s ready and healthy.

“I’m good. I’ve been running, cutting,” he said. “I’ve done everything on (the toe), pushed off of it. The only thing is I haven’t been tackled by a different team. That’s about it.”

Starks, of course, was a playoff hero in 2010 in helping the Packers string together four straight wins, including the Super Bowl.

“That’s in the past to me,” he said. “That’s how I feel. I haven’t done anything yet. I’m planning on trying to do something this year.

“I’ve got to make the most out of every opportunity I receive, and I’m sure I will.”

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25 Responses to “TE Williams tweaked his hamstring; Starks ready, Jennings not sure”

  1. By Patrick on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    This season is going in the tank more and more everyday!

    The Pack cant get a break

  2. By Rick on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    With Benson on IR, has anyone from the practice team been moved to the active roster? Or are they just going to wait with the idea of activating Quarless or Sherrod from the PUP list in the near future?

  3. By Rod Farm on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    The offensive line is doing a very poor job in protecting #12. Also the running game is substandard in large part to the o-line. How and when are they going to get better? This is a large reason we are no longer an elite team.

  4. By 13&counting! on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    For all the fans jumping off the band wagon. Good!, the real fans didn’t like you limpers anyways!.

  5. By me on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hahaha 13&counting great comment. Couldn’t have said it any better.

  6. By derty ernie on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    What is it with this team. Yes all teams have injuries but this team is loaded with them and they are mostly leg injuries or deep tissue injuries. Do they need a new conditioning program.
    The Vikes and Bears are winning and have been mostly big injury free. The Packers are getting hurt in practice, what the hell is that about.

  7. By derty ernie on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Williams and Finley are trying to avoid getting their bells rung in Texas on Sunday. I posted somewhere a few weeks ago I think I know Finleys problem. Many moons ago as a young man I saw a TE, a very good tight end get hammered bit time. When he finally returned to action he was terrible the rest of his career dropping passes left and right. It became a joke actually. This guys problem was he was so worried about getting hit, it he even thought he would get hit he dropped the ball. Finley is reminding me of this guy. A lot!

  8. By 32frank12 on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    How about them Packers?…I thought they were suppose to be untouchable, but those Vikings are getting stronger and stronger each week. All you Packer fans were laughing at the Vikings at the beginning of the year but now look at who has a 2 game lead of your faithful Packers. Better look out for the Vikings they are going to sweep your lousy Packers this year.

  9. By LGHSR on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    The game plan doesn’t seem to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of the Team. D’s are cutting off the top of the field with Deep Safeties, why not call more slants, use the WR speed? Hit the RBs on flats or wheel routes…use a different mentality…use your perceived weaknesses as strengths in the game plan. I am clueless on the Defensive side, the D can’t get home on blitzes leaving the secondary hung out to dry. MLBs can’t cover RBs out of the backfield, there seems to be no answer yet to the Defensive problems. If you have to dumb it down, then dumb it down on D. Maybe everyone is familiar with Dom Caper’s scheme? Mix it up. Go Pack Go!

  10. By 32frank12 on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    How about them Packers?…I thought they were suppose to be untouchable, but those Vikings are getting stronger and stronger each week. All you Packer fans were laughing at the Vikings at the beginning of the year but now look at who has a 2 game lead of your faithful Packers. Better look out for the Vikings they are going to sweep your lousy Packers this year.

  11. By Sockettuem on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    The way both this defense and offense are playing, with a few notable exceptions, it won’t make much difference who stays on the bench for the Texas game. The bench warmers may actually do a better job in some positions. The no touch zone pass defense will be picked apart, especially when coupled with the no touch pass rush. We can only pray the consistently less than stellar offensive line effort does not allow Rodgers to be injured.

    As to the comment by the Vikings fan – you are playing above your heads and reality is going to smack you in the face. The Packers have problems this season to be sure, but just so you keep things in perspective: The Vikings are not that good.

  12. By derty ernie on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Starks? I got 10 that says he gets injured again. Just not sure if its ankle this time, shoulder or that dreaded turf toe.

    This guy was hurt all the time in college. No other team drafted him except the Packers. Oh, that’s right, that would make him a cheap date since they could point out that everyone passed him buy so the big bucks he does not get.

  13. By Sockettuem on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Have to agree with you, ernie. My thoughts are going in the same direction. Finley, Jennings, Williams, Raji, Benson, ad infinitum. Makes one wonder about the conditioning program for these guys. I do not like, indeed hate to see anyone get hurt, friend or opponent. After all this is just a game, but having said that it seems we have more than our share of fragile athletes and it brings into question conditioning and the wisdom of selecting injury-prone players in the draft.

  14. By Ralph on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    I bleed Green & GOLD I have ever since I watched Bart Star qb sneak in the ICE BOWL.The pre season is not working for them they need more conditioning.We have more hamstring problems than any team in the league,how to help correct that streaching streaching and more streaching. never go into a game or practice with out warming up seems simple enough but elite recievers should no that already.Get arron some help up front thank god for Jeff Saturday or it would be far worse. Keep the faith GO PACK GO.

  15. By Cesar on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    You have too many tight ends on your team, they said.
    That’s a waste of roster space, they said.

  16. By nigeriaguest on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    is it true what your elders say of Sandusky’s children?

  17. By beanie0109 on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    To the Vikings fan boasting above you guys have not played Green Bay yet but when you do. They will bring you back to reality.

  18. By 13&counting! on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply


    Typical Viqween rhetoric complete with bold proclamations, and pure fantasy. On Dec, 2, 12:00 pm all you little Dorothy’s are going to click your heels and realize your not in Kansas anymore.
    I’m sure by then, the air would have been let out your team, and the humpty dome, and have settled back to normalcy on the bottom of the division.
    Thanks for stopping by. It’s always flattering when other fans look in to see what a Championship teams site looks like. See ya, Forest.

  19. By Craig Boehm on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    The reason the Packers are struggling with fundamentals
    is because McCarthy moved all the offensive coaching staff around. Bennet to coach recievers,MacAdoo to coach up Rodgers and the quarterbacks, Fontanot to coach the runningbacks. REALLY!!!!!! And you wonder why there is no consistancy. This isn’t Pap Warner Do you ask players to change position from year to year.
    COME ON MAN !!!!!!!!

  20. By PaulY D on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Its week 6 so everyone stop freaking OUT! Every team gets hit with a few injuries, so all you bandwagoners need to jump ship cuz this season isnt going to be win win win because thats impossible in this leauge. And to the Viking fan is running your mouth you guys have won a few games this season and havent even played the G so STFU and GTFO!

  21. By Sockettuem on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    PaulY D, No one is jumping ship. Believe me, I’ve been with this team through some pretty lean (4-12) years. Right now the play is substandard, and that observation is being kind. When you blow an 18 point lead and give up 460+ yards, you deserve some criticism. If you think being honest about it equates to being a bandwagoner, that’s your issue. When it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. Saying so is simply being honest.

  22. By RNelson on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe moving around coaches isn’t such a great idea. No consistency. When was bennet a WR? Maybe Capers isn’t such a great coach as “they” all say. “They” are a big family, and “they” are all liars.

  23. By Rick on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    All teams are experiencing injuries. If there is any overall cause, it could be that the new CBA rules aimed at protecting players are actually hurting them by limiting their capacity to get into and stay in football shape. If players miss more and more time on the field, it does nothing but hurt their stock going forward (look at the situation with Jennings – you can pretty much chop one million in future guaranteed money for every game he has to sit in a contract year).

  24. By MontanaPackfan on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    How many SB’s and championships have the ViQueens amassed over their history???? nuf said you Viking dolts!

    Roll on Green Roll on

  25. By MontanaPackfan on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, 469 comments on the heels of one of the most disappointing losses by our beloved Packers in recent memory. There were some great comments and assessments of what is ailing our team. Truth is folks it is a team sport and there is plenty of blame to go around for players and coaches on both sides of the ball. We look out of sync both defensively and offensively at times yet have spurts of great intensity. The Seattle loss was a tale of two halves just like our loss to the Colts. We are inconsistent and apparently lack the focus to play an entire game.

    Just like life, many factors affect success and failure. Still when we objectively assess why something didn’t quite go our way, and we are honest in recounting those events, there are typically minor steps coupled with a glaring major misstep that lead to an unintended outcome. The Colts game was as excruciatingly sad to me as a fan that I could not even muster any comment beyond one simple word….Pitiful. But avid fans on this blog still love this team in their heart and that is one of the best things about being a Packer fan. Once a Packer fan, always a fan….and interestingly we cheer only for the Green and Gold.

    We are unique in league history in many ways; but our championships and winning legacy are second to none. What lead to these successes was consistency but more importantly….leadership. While it is arguably true many fundamental processes throughout practice and game day affect the outcome of successful preparation and the outcome of games, the leadership displayed by coaches and teammates has a huge impact on winning and losing.

    Lombardi was a leader and preached fundamentals. I’m not suggesting MM is not a leader I’m simply pointing out one of Lombardi’s strengths. Lombardi inspired his players and demanded that each player do his job. He was fiery in his messaging where MM is reserved, at least in public. Differing styles yet each man enjoyed success. The book on MM, Capers, and our current Packers team is not closed. We have the talent to win; do we have the will, the dedication, and the direction?

    Roll on Green Roll on

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