GREEN BAY—As a youngster growing up in Georgia, Packers safety
“We were quick to run outside and play in it,” Burnett said. “If we do get snow, it’ll be like I’m a little kid going back outside.”
The Packers are prepared for the possibility of multiple inches blanketing Lambeau Field either before or during their Sunday night game against Detroit. With temperatures predicted to be in the low to mid-30s, it’s also possible a rain and snow mix could fall.
Given the choice, the Packers would prefer snow. Mike McCarthy even said on Friday that he hopes it snows. The team hasn’t played in a true “white-out” game since the 2007 NFC Divisional playoff against Seattle (pictured).
“The weather can get a little shaky up here in December, but that’s exciting,” fullback
It would be fitting should running back
The Packers may need reinforcements on both lines by Sunday night as well.
It’s possible Lang, who is officially listed as questionable, could be active for the game as an emergency backup. If Lang is unavailable entirely, one possibility would be to promote rookie tackle
The defensive line could be perilously thin, too. Defensive end
There was concern Neal’s latest injury might have ended his season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
“The news was good news based on what you fear,” McCarthy said of Neal, who has had significant shoulder troubles before. “But he’s not going very well today as far as testing.
“We’re going to give both T.J. and Mike Neal every chance to play in the game. We’ll probably know more tomorrow, and we’ll have to react to that tomorrow to make the roster move if needed.”
Woodson, who hasn’t played since Week 7, returned to practice this week and did some work in pads on Thursday, but his return is targeted for next week. Matthews will miss his fourth straight game and has yet to practice since injuring his hamstring right before the bye week.
“He’s been close every week,” McCarthy said. “Closer, closest? We’re getting close. He feels good about it.
“I think it’s real important for Clay, no different with Charles, that when we do bring those guys back, it’s not potentially just a one-week situation. We’re trying to do everything we can medically, and ultimately you’re talking about veteran players who know their bodies better than anybody. We’re conscious of the long-term here.”Additional coverage - Dec. 7