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Banged-up Packers trying to get healthy

Decisions on key players likely to come late in the week


GREEN BAY – The Packers are banged up, and who might ultimately be available for Sunday's home game against the Cardinals won't be determined until later in the week.

Prior to Wednesday's practice, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said there are roughly 42 players on the 53-man roster the coaching staff feels good about, but a number of the other 11 are key performers the Packers could really use with their season on the line.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) is "improving," McCarthy said, but he would be rehabbing during Wednesday's light workout that will follow extensive film sessions on the unfamiliar Arizona club.

Others in that iffy group coming out of Sunday night's game at Minnesota include left guard Lane Taylor (quad) and safety Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion evaluation). McCarthy did say returner Trevor Davis (hamstring) would not be available this week.

Also, cornerbacks Kevin King (hamstring) and Bashaud Breeland (groin), plus receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), missed the Vikings game, while tight end Jimmy Graham played with a splint on his injured thumb.

Everything health-wise is very much wait-and-see heading toward Sunday.

"Things will continue to change as the days go on," McCarthy said. "A number of these guys are going to need more time to get ready for Sunday."

With the Packers not having played the Cardinals since the 2015 playoffs, and with Arizona featuring a rookie quarterback in Josh Rosen, the classroom preparation for the game has taken precedence in the early stages of the week while players try to heal up.

McCarthy said Rosen has "made some splash throws, you can see the talent," but the Packers are more focused on specific personnel matchups with players who aren't all that familiar to them.

"We need to beat Arizona in the preparation challenge with the video, the newness of players," McCarthy said. "The immediate is to win today, and the obvious is to win the game on Sunday.

"It's great to be at home, particularly coming off the stretch of games we've been on the last five weeks. I really like the energy and focus of our guys. These guys are doing everything pros do to get ready to win."