Notebook: Robinson Will Be Game-Day Decision

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Whether or not Koren Robinson makes his 2007 debut on Monday night in Denver will likely be a game-day decision.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy hinted on Saturday that Robinson is physically ready despite battling some soreness and rustiness in practice on Thursday. But McCarthy will also consider the game plan, and who he needs active on the 45-man game-day roster.

Receiver Ruvell Martin is listed as questionable on the injury report with a back injury, so Robinson could be needed as the No. 4 receiver if Martin can't play. He also has practiced as the kick returner this week.

"It's a combination of Koren being ready, it's a combination of the plan for the game. Also you factor in special teams," McCarthy said. "We've given Koren the opportunity as far as reps with the special teams and (at) receiver, Ruvell Martin missing a couple days of practice, it kind of worked itself out."

On the mend?

Earlier in the week, it wasn't looking like Cullen Jenkins' chances of playing were too good, but the defensive end returned to practice on Saturday and may be healthy enough by Monday night.

McCarthy said both defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss felt Jenkins had improved considerably this week.

"We're hopeful he can go," McCarthy said.

Jenkins has a leg injury sustained when he took a high-low hit from two Washington players in the last game. The bye week came at the perfect time for him, because there's virtually no way he would have played had the Packers had a game last week.

Jenkins has battled several minor injuries, including one to his ribs earlier this season, but has yet to miss a game. Officially, he's questionable for Monday night's game.

More on injuries

Cornerback Frank Walker (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday but is listed as doubtful for Monday's game. With fellow reserve cornerback Will Blackmon (foot) already out, rookie Tramon Williams will be the fourth cornerback if Walker can't play.

Guard Junius Coston (ankle) is questionable and if he's unable to play will be replaced in the starting lineup by Jason Spitz.

Cornerbacks Al Harris (back) and Charles Woodson (foot), running backs DeShawn Wynn (neck) and Vernand Morency (knee), and defensive end Michael Montgomery (knee) all returned to full practice duty by the end of the week and are probable.

Center Scott Wells, who missed the last game with an eye injury, came down with an illness late in the week and missed practice, but is probable for the game.

Tight end Bubba Franks (knee) and defensive tackle Justin Harrell (ankle) already had been ruled out earlier in the week. Ryan Krause has been on the active roster this week as the No. 2 tight end, and McCarthy said Colin Cole likely would take Harrell's place in the defensive tackle rotation.

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