The Cardinals, currently members of the four game skid club, will look to end their losing ways this weekend as they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the surging Packers. After many were so worried about the lack of offense Green Bay had to start the season, they have now put together a nice string of games. Maybe the missed call against the Seahawks was the spark they needed.
Anyhow, both teams, as per the usual with these franchises in 2012, will be without some key players going into Sunday. Here are the injury reports after Thursday's practice:
Did not participate - QB Kevin Kolb (ribs), G Adam Snyder (quadriceps).
Limited participation - CB Greg Toler (hamstring), LS Mike Leach (back), FS Kerry Rhodes (back), TE Todd Heap (knee).
Full participation - T D'Anthony Batiste (toe), DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring), TE Jim Dray (knee), CB Jamell Fleming (back), FB Anthony Sherman (knee).
Will this be the week that tight end Todd Heap finally returns? The former Ravens star has not played since week 2 against the Patriots. Having Sherman back on a full time basis allowed the team to cut fullback Reagan Maui'a earlier this week. It will be interesting to see what the team does if Mike Leach is unable to go. A one week free agent fill-in would be a possibility or someone already on the roster than can long snap the ball.
Out - WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), S Charles Woodson (collarbone).
Did not participate - FB John Kuhn (hamstring), DE Mike Neal (ankle), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (knee, wrist), CB Sam Shields (ankle), DE Jerel Worthy (concussion).
Limited participation - WR Donald Driver (neck/thumb), TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder), LG T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), DT B.J. Raji (ankle).
Full participation - QB Aaron Rodgers (calf).
With Greg Jennings already out, it will be interesting to see what happens with the rest of the receiving corps if Jordy Nelson is unable to go. Would that make Randall Cobb the go-to-guy? While he is a special talent, I doubt he is ready for the spotlight of being a #1 guy. Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley being injured only adds to the team's concerns.
T.J. Lang is perhaps the team's best lineman next to Marshall Newhouse and his presence on the field is necessary. Look for the pass rushing factor to be a bit of a concern with Nick Perry and Mike Neal both ailing.
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