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Raji probable, Nelson questionable, Kuhn out

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 26, 2012 – 2:29 pm

After missing the last two games with an ankle injury, NT B.J. Raji didn’t practice on Friday but is listed as probable on the final injury report for Sunday’s game. Raji practiced in full pads on Thursday and appears on track to play.

“The plan coming off of Monday was to practice him on Thursday in pads and give him Friday to recover,” Mike McCarthy said. “Everything looks good. If nothing changes here in the next 48 hours, I feel very confident with B.J.”

Meanwhile, WR Jordy Nelson is scheduled to test his hamstring injury on Sunday morning and he’ll be a game-time decision. He’s listed as questionable. FB John Kuhn has been ruled out with his hamstring injury.

All the other players on the injury report who practiced this week are listed as probable. That includes RB James Starks, who missed Thursday’s practice with an illness but returned on a limited basis Friday. LB Nick Perry and CB Sam Shields did not practice all week and have been ruled out.

If Nelson is unable to play, it could open the door for WR Jarrett Boykin to get some significant snaps. Boykin has played only a handful of snaps so far this season after being inactive on gameday for the first five weeks.

Ironically, Boykin’s first major action could come against Jacksonville, a team that cut him in the spring, which led to him getting a tryout with the Packers.

“I would say there’s a little extra grind, but that’s not my main focus, going out there trying to prove (anything) to them,” Boykin said. “I’m just focusing on going out there and helping this team win.”

Other news & notes from McCarthy’s final press conference of the week:

–LS Brett Goode has signed a long-term contract extension, which puts all three of the Packers’ specialists (K Mason Crosby, P Tim Masthay and Goode) under contract for the foreseeable future. Goode joined the team in 2008, one year after Crosby and two years before Masthay.

“You look at the battery, punter, kicker and snapper, that’s a very important group,” McCarthy said. “They spend most of their time together. The personality of the three guys is very important. They lean on one another, they help correct one another. I think they’re very honest as far as their time together professionally and personally. They’re a good group.

“The nice part about it is you look at their age group and they still have time to grow and improve.”

–McCarthy said neither LB Frank Zombo nor TE Andrew Quarless would be activated from PUP for Sunday’s game. Both players  have been practicing for the last two weeks, and they have one week left before a decision has to be made to either activate them, release them, or place them on injured reserve for the season.

McCarthy made it sound as though Zombo is the closest to being game-ready. He said Quarless is still experiencing some “soreness” in his surgically repaired knee, which is normal in the recovery process.

The other player on PUP, T Derek Sherrod, is still not ready to practice and could be headed to IR for the season.

“I know he’s frustrated, but we all saw the injury,” McCarthy said of Sherrod, who broke multiple bones in his leg in Week 15 last season in Kansas City. “It was a serious injury, and definitely something we’re not going to rush back. But he’s not just ready yet.”


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13 Responses to “Raji probable, Nelson questionable, Kuhn out”

  1. By chase on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Since Kuhn is our only fullback, I wander who’s going to take his place.

  2. By NEGPACK on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    When did Kuhn get hurt? I thought DD was going to play for Jordy instead of Boykin???

  3. By northerner on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why not use DD as a starter this week? The guy I most respected last year in that losing effort against the Giants was Donald Driver. He came to play. Give him a break and he may make some big catches while all the other stars get healthy.

  4. By Matt on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    With Jennings and Nelson out. I say DD and Boykin get alot of playing time. They just keep saying Boykin cuase he a new and hasnt played alot. Plus DD isnt a #2 WR anymore he can play the slot with Cobb. Expect alot of playing time for DD and Boykin. and everybody dont forget sense we put D.Smith LB on the IR we havent signed anybody. We have a empty roster to fill. So is that for Quarless or Zombo or we will go out and sign some one

  5. By Matt on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    To Chase: I would say Tom Crabtree or Ryan Taylor will be our fullback for this upcoming game. The packers love they versatility.

  6. By nigeriaguest on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

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  7. By canammark on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why all the pulled hamstrings? Don’t they have a mandatory stretching and flexibility routine. Since starting one 7-8 years ago there has only been one injury of that type in all that time. And that covers the baseball and basketball teams too.

  8. By chase on Oct 27, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Matt

  9. By Rick on Oct 27, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they use Raji sparingly. The D-Line is solid with the addition of Worthy and the improvement in Wilson’s level of play. No sense in having Raji tweek his ankle again in this dog of a game.

  10. By JUSTIRON on Oct 27, 2012 | Reply

    zombo still around? Not getting much from him,cant play long enough. Time to go

  11. By Rhonda Gilbreath on Oct 27, 2012 | Reply

    With the kind of money these men are making, you would think they would take better care of their body and do the stretches they need to do to ensure they play in the game. Maybe if they said you get injured do to your own fault, then you will have a deduction in your pay! If I don’t show up to work, then I don’t get paid, why should they?

  12. By Todd on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wont be disappointed if Raji sits again. We have been far more stout up the middle since he went out. He goes through the motions half the time. And Pickett inside with Worthy has been far better.

  13. By mike on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Pack’s Strength Coach sucks…that’s why they have all these hamstring injuries.

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