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Packers-Lions Friday injury report: Lions have safety issues

Nov 16, 2012 -- 3:05pm
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GREEN BAY – Clay Matthews ain’t walking through that door, and Charles Woodson and Greg Jennings aren’t, either. But of the players the Green Bay Packers hadn’t already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the team should have most of them at its disposal.

Here’s a look at the full, official injury report for Friday:

Out – WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring), S Charles Woodson (collarbone), TE Andrew Quarless (knee).
Questionable – CB Sam Shields (ankle), TE Ryan Taylor (chest), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder).
Probable – DE Mike Neal (ankle), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring/foot), WR Donald Driver (thumb), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), G/T T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), TE D.J. Williams (hamstring), DE Jerel Worthy (concussion), RB Johnny White (illness), RB Alex Green (knee).
Out – S Amari Spievey (concussion), DT Corey Williams (knee).
Doubtful – S Louis Delmas (knee).
Questionable – CB Chris Houston (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (knee).
Probable – DE Cliff Avril (back/concussion), S Erik Coleman (eye), K Jason Hanson (left foot), LB Ashlee Palmer (chest), WR Titus Young (knee).

Shields admitted on Thursday that he’s probably another week away from returning from the Oct. 14 ankle sprain he suffered, but Nelson is set to return, as are Kuhn and Worthy.

Green was added to the injury report after sitting out Friday’s practice as maintenance for the knee injury that ended his 2011 season, but he should be fine.

“We’re just being smart with him,” McCarthy said.

Quarless, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list during the bye week, was able to practice on Monday and Wednesday but sat out Thursday and Friday and is out.

For the Lions, starting safeties Delmas and Spievey did not practice again Friday, and Coleman, who has started the last two games, has not been working with the first-team defense. That would likely leave the Lions with Ricardo Silva, who began the season on the practice squad, and Don Carey, who was released in training camp and re-signed Nov. 1, as their starting safeties, according to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky.

At cornerback, Houston is expected to start despite his left ankle injury. The Detroit Free-Press’ Dave Birkett reported that coach Jim Schwartz said it’s "definitely trending" like cornerback Drayton Florence will be activated from short-term IR and play Sunday. He had been sharing first-team reps with Jacob Lacey this week.

Johnson is listed as questionable but will play.

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