News now! Williams closer to playing than Shields

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 15, 2014 – 1:51 pm

141015-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Neither of the Packers starting cornerbacks, Tramon Williams nor Sam Shields, practiced on Wednesday, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t ruled either of them out for Sunday’s game vs. Carolina, either.

Williams has an ankle injury and Shields has a knee injury. Williams attended practice on Wednesday but observed in sweats.

“As far as how I view their opportunity to play in the game, them being veteran players, we’ll give them every opportunity to get ready,” McCarthy said. “I think Tramon is closer than Sam.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, LB Jamari Lattimore (neck) returned to practice on a limited basis. McCarthy said his injury from Sunday’s game was a stinger.

WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) also returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the last few weeks, and DE Datone Jones (ankle) was limited. LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) and DE Josh Boyd (knee) were both full participants.

Also, C JC Tretter, who is on injured reserve with the designation to return, practiced on Wednesday for the first time during the regular season. Tretter has been recovering from a knee injury. He is not eligible to play in a game until after the Packers’ bye, but by returning to practice, he has begun a three-week window during which he can practice without counting on the 53-man roster. After three weeks, the Packers will have to decide whether or not to put him on the active roster.

Click here for’s full report on the defense following locker room interviews, which included Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

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