GREEN BAY – Tom Crabtree was sore Friday, but the Green Bay Packers tight end was apparently lucky that the shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday night’s 27-13 preseason victory at Cincinnati wasn’t worse. In fact, coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Crabtree “has a chance” of playing in this Thursday’s preseason finale.
The word Friday was not nearly as definitive on another shoulder injury – that of cornerback Davon House, who was on track to win the No. 2 corner job before suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Aug. 9 preseason opener at San Diego.
McCarthy said surgery for House, who hasn’t practiced or played since, still has not been ruled out as an option. When House initially went down, McCarthy had said that the medical staff was going to take “two to three weeks” to monitor House’s rehabilitation to determine whether surgery would be necessary.
"He’s getting stronger, the swelling is going down, it definitely looks better. It’s something that really comes down to the injury and it’s different for everybody," McCarthy said. " don’t know if we’ll have clarity this week, we’ll see. But he’s definitely making a lot of progress. Positive reports from the rehab."
Asked if clarity would be in terms of a timeframe or whether or not surgery was necessary, McCarthy replied, "All of the above. Is surgery still an option? Are we certain that’s the path we want to go? Is he able play through it? It’s something they will evaluate as they go through the rehab process."
McCarthy added one player to the injury report from the Bengals game, inside linebacker Robert Francois, who suffered a hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who left the game with a calf injury, will be “hard-pressed” to play against the Chiefs, which means he’s almost certainly not playing.
Meanwhile, McCarthy what to do with injured inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, who suffered a likely season-ending hamstring injury against the Chargers, has been part of the personnel staff’s discussion as the roster reduction to 75 players looms. Although the deadline for cuts is 3 p.m. Monday, the Packers are unlikely to wait that long to make most of their moves.
“Desmond’s situation will probably resolve here in the next 48 hours or so,” McCarthy said. “That’s part of our conversation this morning with the personnel department.”
McCarthy dismissed a question about whether the NFLPA and NFL failing to come together on an addendum to the injured reserve policy – a rule change that would have allowed teams to carry one key player on IR and activate him during the second half of the season – had influenced the thought process on whether to put Bishop on season-ending IR.
“I wouldn’t say it impacts it. We go about it with what the rules are today,” McCarthy said. “I understand the proposals in that particular case and the other things that were discussed at the league meetings, but once again they’re proposals. We basically operate off what’s in front of us as far as the current rules IR, roster.”
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