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Matthews, Lang, Neal back at practice on Wednesday, but Woodson, Nelson, House not

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 12, 2012 – 12:30 pm

LB Clay Matthews returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring on Nov. 4 vs. Arizona. Matthews has missed the last four games, but it appears he could return to game action this Sunday in Chicago.

Also, OL T.J. Lang (ankle) and DL Mike Neal (shoulder) also returned to practice after missing last week’s games.

On the flip side, DB Charles Woodson was not at practice despite having practiced off and on the past couple of weeks. Woodson hasn’t played in a game since breaking his collarbone in Week 7 in St. Louis and it was thought he might return to action this week. Mike McCarthy should provide an update when he speaks with the media following practice at the top of the hour.

Another defensive back, CB Davon House, was sitting out practice as well. House has not been on the team’s injury report since recovering from his preseason shoulder injury.

WR Jordy Nelson also was not at practice. Nelson missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, his second such injury this season.

On another note, several of the offensive linemen and tight ends began practice with a little prank for their quarterback. Today is “Aaron Rodgers Day” in honor of the numerical date (12-12-12) and several of Rodgers’ offensive mates were wearing No. 12 Rodgers jerseys at the start of practice. Shortly into the workout, all had changed back to their regular jerseys, but for some of the initial jog-through snaps early in practice, as many as a half-dozen players running an offensive play had a No. 12 jersey on.


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28 Responses to “Matthews, Lang, Neal back at practice on Wednesday, but Woodson, Nelson, House not”

  1. By Eric on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Will linebacker Vilma be able to start practicing with the Pack now that his suspension has been lifted…..If so hurray. Makes their defense top notch.

  2. By Thomas on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    NOOOOOOO, WE NEED THEM ALL BACK!!! If ANYTHING for the intimidation fact AND the UPLIFTIFTING positive action that will help the team!!

  3. By Serg on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously Eric? Vilma is on the Saints, not the Packers. The Packers had signed Anthony Hargrove during the offseason but released him prior to the regular season. There’s an outside chance they may re-sign him now that the suspension if lifted, only because the injuries have left us dangerously thin on the D-line.

  4. By Tom on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Eric, If you are a packer fan, you would know Vilma doesn’t play for GB. Come on now…

  5. By tlv on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    maybe the worm has finally turned in GB’s favor! U could argue the injury situation this year has been worse than 2010. Matthews makes such a difference in pass and rush defense. Maybe Jordy should just wait another week, we are going to need him to make a playoff run. Just pray that we don’t get hit with anymore injury on the off line, note to Ted please draft lineman early and often in April.

  6. By Tom B on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Note to Ted: please draft Montee Ball

  7. By Dave on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    The pack really need to draft a running back bad
    Monte would be nice but draft the best player at that time

  8. By Richard on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    we don’t NEED to draft a running back, we HAVE to draft some big boys….harris, green, starks and maybe grant or benson would be plenty,,,,gimme some big bodies!!!

  9. By Mitch on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Richard’s right, our back’s have showed sparks that could transfer into a 3 (seeing as how we can’t fit 5 healhty backs into the lineup) headed monster with a solid O-line. Harris, Grant, and Starks all run hard and would be even better with fresh legs and an O-line! Plus I love seeing Randall Cobb provide speed on sweeps.

  10. By Matt on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I know everyone has already said it, but Eric; you are a dumb man.

  11. By Kereck on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Im with u on this one. We need him

  12. By Rev on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    There’s no way Ball will still be there when the Packers pick.

  13. By Jim on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    That’s good news! I’d much rather have Clay return to the lineup anyday. When Woodson returns he needs to play safety exclusively. He is too slow to cover slot receivers and gets caught holding 2 or 3 times per game

  14. By Tyler on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Montee is not even the best badgers back! You guys are nuts… he will be a bust just like every other badger running back!

  15. By Jim is dumb on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jim, woodson is our best DB. He will contribute immensely upon his return. I hope you eat crow you idiot.

  16. By Ihappydirt on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jim, You say ‘Woodson would play safety’ like it’s a bad thing to have a ball-hawking safety that attacks runs.

    I believe GB already said he won’t play cornerback when he comes back. Tramon and Hayward are playing really well, which one would you sit? House is a good nickel.

  17. By Ihappydirt on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    And I’m forgetting Shields who played very well against Detroit after being out for weeks.

  18. By packerinmin on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    i think that woodson will be a great asset to have back in the lineup. but the younger guys are doing pretty good out there to. it’ll be so much better with woodson watching their back. COME ON WOODSON WE NEED YOU IN JANUARY

  19. By PigSticker on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Draft a running back? Sorry but you can have the best RB in the league, without an O-Line opening holes for him, he is useless.

  20. By Aurora Dave on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    We need to acquire a center, another guard or tackle, another D-lineman more urgently than we need to acquire a R.B.

  21. By Rob on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    dont be so hard on Eric….honest mistake….heartless bastards…..maybe we could trade every single linebacker except Matthews for Vilma……

  22. By Joe on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    We need linemen, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.. WE need a strong rushing lineman, this team doesn’t get enough pressure on QB’s, they need to start putting them on their butt if we are going to go far in the playoffs…

  23. By Shilo S on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey guys, we’re all Packer fans here, let’s drop the personal attacks please.

  24. By Shilo S on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    As far as football goes, any combo of RB’s & OL in the draft is fine by me. A premier RB would be great, but I think that OL needs more depth, & our long-term RB situation is simply fascinating, & my bet is that the Pack will let the RB situation play out in the offseason. As far as running style goes, I think Harris is the most fascinating in the bunch, but we’ve got plenty of storylines/RB’s that will want to prove themselves next year. Lots of motivation!

  25. By D-Mac on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Guys Did you forget we have RB Johnny White. He so far has played only on ST and has a concusion. He averaged 4.8 ypc with the Bills. Be nice to see him
    back when he learns the system..

  26. By doug on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    Im thinkin that if ball isnt there than we need to pick up kenyon barner

  27. By jeff cole on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    Let the good times roll on Sunday the Packers can answer a lot of questions if they control this game. But when they need a horseshoe to beat Detroit you really have to wonder what a weak play-off team they would be. They need to run, run, run to give me some confidence. Their defense is ranked 21st which is an improvement from last year. But could make us a weak one game wonder in the play-offs.

    ERIC how can you call yourself a Packer fan and be thinking Vilma would be playing, you don’t even have the right team.
    ERIC do you understand that Vilma will not be playing for the Packers or the Bears. Are you a politician? Added for humor for what I believe was an honest mistake, but funny!

  28. By dan on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I really like our current core of running backs. Alex Green is really starting to figure it out, he hits the holes fast and hard and falls FORWARD. Same for the new guy Harris, decisions will have to be made as the whether they bring Benson back or not, I think for Grant this is his last hurrah with the pack as they only signed him because of all the injuries.
    Unfortunately Starks has to go, too bad he showed some promise but cant ever stay healthy

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