The Green Bay Packers may have only three wide receivers available to them this Sunday when the undefeated Carolina Panthers roll into Lambeau Field.
While starting flanker Terry Glenn and rookie wideout Javon Walker are respectively listed as probable and questionable on the team's injury report, the chances of them playing this weekend might be better expressed as slim and none.
That would leave the Packers with only Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson and Karsten Bailey at the receiver positions. Not an ideal situation for Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman, but one he's encountered before.
"We did it against Tampa Bay two years ago in the last game of the year, and one of the most critical games of the season," Sherman said. "We won that game. We had three receivers and they all played pretty well . . . If we have to (do that this week) we will."
Glenn has been held out of all three of the Packers' practices this week with nausea and migraine headaches. Sherman said that Glenn has showed improvement from day to day, but not enough that the team doctors would clear him even to watch practice from the sideline.
"They felt like rest is the best thing for him at this present time," Sherman said. "That was their diagnosis. I tried to encourage otherwise, but they strongly suggested rest, and that's what we're going to do."
The Packers are hopeful that Glenn will be able to participate in the team's walkthrough practice Saturday, when his availability for the weekend will be assessed.
Walker, who has an injured quadriceps, seems less than questionable for this weekend, although Sherman said there was an "outside chance" he would play. And the Packers are also likely to be without No. 2 tight end David Martin, who is coming off a concussion.
Sherman said he'd already put the wheels in motion regarding the free agent market, and that if Glenn was deemed unable to play the Packers could sign another receiver in time for Sunday.
Glenn and Walker have combined to make 21 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns this season. Ferguson and Bailey have four grabs for 67 yards and one touchdown between them through three games.