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Notebook: Colledge Returns To Practice

Daryn Colledge was back on the practice field on Friday after a rare absence on Thursday, and barring a setback with his back injury, the fifth-year guard is expected to play in his 73rd straight game for the Packers.


Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Colledge showed a lot of improvement from Thursday, but like any player coming off an injury, the day after practicing will be the true indicator of where he is at. Colledge is listed as probable on the injury report.

Colledge said the injury occurred in the game last Sunday against the N.Y. Jets, but it wasn't until he got back on the field Wednesday that he realized it was more than just some residual soreness.

"Something happened in the game and I think it was just one of those things (where) it was sore over the weekend, but then you get to practice on Wednesday and it kind of rears its head again," Colledge said. "It's just one of those things, it happens, it's part of the game, and you have to try to recover from it.

"It usually happens once or twice a year. You get hit in the right way and stuff gets a little sore. But it hasn't limited me yet. I've always been able to find a way to recover, so I haven't worried about it too much."

Colledge has never missed a game due to injury in the pros or in college, a streak that is now up to 127 consecutive games played, including playoffs. He has started 41 straight regular-season games, the longest streak among Green Bay offensive lineman, with the vast majority of those starts coming at left guard. His current streak of 72 consecutive games played is tied for No. 1 on the team with linebacker A.J. Hawk.

"We're paid to play football," Colledge said. "I think a guy takes pride in being able to show up and go to work, and that's what I do. They pay me to show up and go to work and I need to be there. I want to be there for them. It's going to be their decision if they are going to use me or not."

After participating on a limited basis on Wednesday, Colledge sat out completely on Thursday as Jason Spitz took most of the snaps at left guard with the No. 1 line.

"I was hoping to be out there yesterday, but we were still battling some stuff," Colledge said. "Doc (Patrick McKenzie) wanted to hold me out, and I think it was the right decision. Most of the time I am going to try to go until the wheels fall off, but they were smart and they held me back and let me go today and limited me a little bit."

Colledge said Spitz continued to rotate in at left guard with the first line on Friday just as a precaution in case he takes a step back over the next 48 hours.

"We've got a long time to kickoff, so I'm going to continue to rehab and get better and hopefully by (game time) this weekend we'll be ready to go," Colledge said.

"I felt like everything went well (today), but it's not full speed. It's for them to decide if everything on film looks good enough to let me roll. Hopefully my reputation will be enough to allow me to be ready. I haven't missed one yet, but again, that's Mike's decision and the doctor's decision."

The other wayTight end Andrew Quarless didn't practice at all on Friday after participating on a limited basis with an injured shoulder on Thursday.

McCarthy said on Friday that the rookie "took a step backwards," and Quarless is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game. If he is unable to suit up against Dallas, the Packers would be down to two tight ends in veteran Donald Lee and first-year man Tom Crabtree.

Since starter Jermichael Finley went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 5, the tight ends as a group have posted seven receptions for 104 yards (14.9 avg.) in three games. Lee posted the lone reception last Sunday against the Jets, a 5-yard grab in the second quarter.

Crabtree, who is known primarily for his blocking ability, recorded the most explosive play over that span in Week 6 against Miami, a 33-yard reception down the seam on Green Bay's opening drive of the game that helped set up a 46-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

"Anytime you are expecting to get more reps and you are getting more reps in practice, it's definitely good," Crabtree said. "I would say at this point I haven't really needed to (catch the ball much). Every other guy in the group is really capable of making big plays in the pass game, and I have been just fine with my role so far.

"If there comes time for me to make a big play in the pass game, I feel prepared and pretty confident in what I am doing."

Top of the listCornerback Charles Woodson has posted interceptions against 34 different quarterbacks during his 13-year career, but the one he has been the most productive against in that category will be the signal-caller he is lined up against on Sunday night.

With starter Tony Romo sidelined with a left shoulder injury, 38-year-old Jon Kitna will get the starting nod for the Cowboys on Sunday for the second straight week.

Woodson has picked Kitna off five times during his career, including a two-interception game at Detroit on Sept. 14, 2008, when Kitna played for the Lions. Woodson returned the second interception in that game 41 yards for a touchdown in Green Bay's 48-25 win.

Woodson first intercepted Kitna back on Dec. 16, 2000, when Woodson was with Oakland and Kitna was playing for Seattle. He added another pick as a Raider on Sept. 14, 2003, when Kitna was with Cincinnati, and one in his first season in Green Bay on Dec. 17, 2006, when Kitna was playing for Detroit.

Changing it upLinebacker Diyral Briggs, who was claimed off waivers by the Packers last week from Denver, switched to jersey No. 53 on Friday. He had been wearing No. 47.

Injury/participation update
Wide receiver Donald Driver (quadriceps) and cornerback Pat Lee (ankle) are out for Sunday.

Quarless, defensive end Ryan Pickett (ankle) and tackle Mark Tauscher (shoulder) are questionable.

"Ryan looked the best he's looked in a number of weeks," McCarthy said. "A lot like last week, if he responds after treatment, we'll look at him tomorrow. I'd much rather make the decision tomorrow than to wait until Sunday night and do a pre-game workout.

"We worked him extensively today. (Defensive line coach) Mike Trgovac put him through a number of drills and specific things to test the ankle. We'll see how he is in the morning."

Colledge, tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring/knee), safety Nick Collins (knee), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (calf), linebacker Clay Matthews (shin), running back Dimitri Nance (ankle), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (ankle) and cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) are all probable.

For Dallas, defensive end Jason Hatcher (groin), guard Montrae Holland (groin), safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and quarterback Tony Romo (left shoulder) are out for Sunday.

Tackle Marc Colombo (back), linebacker Bradie James (knee), running back Felix Jones (ankle), guard Kyle Kosier (ankle) and cornerback Terence Newman (ribs) are probable.

Additional coverage – Nov. 5

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