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Diggs Heads Injury List


Green Bay Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman addressed the media Monday following his team's defeat in Philadelphia less than 24 hours earlier, a loss that saw Green Bay's six-game winning streak snapped.

As is customary, Sherman opened the proceedings by running through the list of injuries coming out of Sunday's game.

Making the list were Packers from both sides of the ball. Linemen Grey Ruegamer (ankle sprain) and Kevin Barry (strained quad), along with a sore Najeh Davenport represented the offense. The coach said their status would be a day-to-day issue.

On defense, safety Bhawoh Jue sustained a concussion in the game against the Eagles. Sherman believes that Jue will be able to practice Wednesday when the team begins their full preparations for their upcoming meeting with the Detroit Lions.

It was also on defense where the Packers sustained their most serious injury of the day. Late in the second quarter, linebacker Na'il Diggs was forced from the game with a kidney contusion and was taken to a Philadelphia hospital where his condition was diagnosed.

"Diggs had a kidney contusion, he bruised his kidney," Sherman said Monday. "He was diving to make a tackle and kind of landed on his elbow; (that's what) it looked like on tape and resulted in a bruised kidney. We're going to list him as doubtful for this week. We'll have to take it day by day with him and see what is up at the end of the week."

The coach reported that Diggs returned to Green Bay with his teammates after the game, but spent Sunday night and would also stay overnight Monday in an area hospital.

Sherman is confident that the linebacker will be back at Lambeau Field Tuesday, but he was not sure as to the level Diggs would be able to participate in football activity this week.

"We have concern, obviously," said Sherman. "He was in the hospital last night and tonight, so obviously I am concerned about him as a person, as an athlete. But I think he'll be back tomorrow. To what degree? Things have to clear up considerably to go into a game of contact that he's going to be exposed to, so we'll be very cautious with him in regard to that and just play it by ear."

Diggs' backup, Paris Lenon - who has been a special teams fixture in his three seasons with the Packers, came through the game healthy after having a concern over a lingering knee problem in practice late last week.

Sherman confirmed that Lenon would make the jump into the starting lineup if Diggs is unavailable against the Lions, something that the former University of Richmond standout said he will be ready for, even though it would come under less than ideal circumstances.

"I'm definitely hoping for the best for (Diggs), hoping that he comes out alright and that everything goes well," Lenon said. "But if I'm called to play in his spot, that's just something that I'm going to have to accept and go out there and try to get the job done."

Lenon doesn't envision much changing in his mental approach if he is called upon to step into a starting role.

"I prepare myself every week just like a starter," said the linebacker. "I have to be ready, being a backup. I don't go into the game banking on the fact that these guys are always going to finish. Things happen in football and you hope for the best, you hope that nobody ever gets injured, but situations call for backup players to come in and play.

"That's just what I had to do. If that's the situation - I don't know exactly what's going to go on with Diggs - if I have to go in there and play in his spot, I have to go in and try to make plays."

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