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Packers list eight questionable, rule out two for Sunday | Week 18 Injury Report

WRs Christian Watson, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks among those questionable to play against Bears

WR Christian Watson, WR Jayden Reed, WR Dontayvion Wicks
WR Christian Watson, WR Jayden Reed, WR Dontayvion Wicks

GREEN BAY – The Packers have listed receivers Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) and five others questionable for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears.

The other five questionable include guard Elgton Jenkins (knee/ankle), linebacker Preston Smith (ankle), tight end Luke Musgrave (kidney), running back Emanuel Wilson (shoulder) and tackle Luke Tenuta (ankle).

Meanwhile, running back AJ Dillon (thumb/neck) and safety Rudy Ford (hamstring) have been ruled out. Linebacker Isaiah McDuffie (concussion/neck) is doubtful.

Reed and Wicks were limited in practice this week, while Watson rested on Friday. The second-year receiver has missed the last four games after aggravating his hamstring near the end of Green Bay's 27-19 win over Kansas City on Dec. 3.

"Obviously it's still kind of a tough thing to come back from and you've kinda got to try to tempo things up and build it up," said Watson on Friday. "Obviously I went kind of hard the first two days. So just to kind of give me the best chance to go on Sunday was to rest a little bit today and make sure that I do everything to take care of my body and put myself in the best position to hopefully play on Sunday."

Musgrave, who's been limited in practice the last two weeks, told reporters on Thursday he's champing at the bit to get back on the field. He hasn't played since suffering a grade-four kidney laceration.

Musgrave, Tenuta and Wilson are all designated to return from injured reserve and would need to be activated to the 53-man roster in order to play against Chicago.

"I want to play, definitely want to play," Musgrave said. "But we're going to take it day by day and see."

Smith has missed just one game in his NFL career. An oblique injury caused Smith to sit out against Washington during Week 7 of the 2021 season, ending his streak of 102 consecutive regular-season games played. Since then, Smith has played in 43 straight games for Green Bay.

Jenkins didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday after getting his ankle rolled up on against the Vikings, but told reporters on Thursday that "right now, I'm feeling good."

Cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (neck) did not receive game statuses after practicing in full this week and are expected to be available. Campbell has missed the past two games with a neck injury.

This was the first week Alexander has practiced in full since injuring his back in Week 4.

"He's been awesome," said Head Coach Matt LaFleur of Alexander. "He's had a great attitude, came in with great energy. I've told Ja this from Day 1, he is one of those guys, he's very charismatic, he's got the ability to light up the room. ... His energy can totally, we had a great practice I want to say two weeks ago and he's out there flying around, and just his energy can uplift everybody. It's great to have him in a good place. We're excited about his ability to go out there and play. I just quite frankly can't wait to watch him go play."

In addition to Alexander and Campbell, Green Bay didn't issue a game status for the following players who are expected to be available: Jayden Reed (chest), defensive tackle T.J. Slaton (knee/foot), safety Zayne Anderson (knee), running back Aaron Jones (knee/finger), center Josh Myers (neck), cornerback Keisean Nixon (quadricep), safety Jonathan Owens (knee), safety Darnell Savage (shoulder), and linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder).

The Bears have ruled out receiver Darnell Mooney (concussion) and listed Pro Bowl cornerback Jaylon Johnson as doubtful after injuring his shoulder in last Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Five other Chicago players are questionable: tight end Cole Kmet (knee), running back Khalil Herbert (back/personal), cornerback Kyler Gordon (calf), center Lucas Patrick (calf) and long snapper Patrick Scales (foot).

Chicago didn't issue a game status for the following players who are expected to be available: receiver D.J. Moore (ankle), quarterback Tyson Bagent (illness), and tight end Marcedes Lewis (veteran rest).

Green Bay Packers

Table inside Article
Player, Pos. Injury *WED. THURS. FRI. GAME STATUS
Jaire Alexander, CB Shoulder FP FP FP --
Zayne Anderson, S Knee LP FP FP --
De'Vondre Campbell, LB Neck FP FP FP --
AJ Dillon, RB Thumb/Neck DNP DNP DNP Out
Rudy Ford, S Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Elgton Jenkins, G/T Knee/Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
Aaron Jones, RB Knee/Finger LP LP LP --
Isaiah McDuffie, LB Concussion/Neck DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
**Luke Musgrave, TE Kidney LP LP LP Questionable
Josh Myers, C/G Neck LP FP FP --
Keisean Nixon, CB Quadricep LP FP FP --
Jonathan Owens, S Knee LP LP LP --
Jayden Reed, WR Chest LP LP LP Questionable
Darnell Savage, S Shoulder FP FP FP --
T.J. Slaton, DL Knee/Foot LP LP LP --
Preston Smith, LB Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
**Luke Tenuta, T Ankle FP FP FP Questionable
Quay Walker, LB Shoulder LP FP FP --
Christian Watson, WR Hamstring LP LP DNP Questionable
Dontayvion Wicks, WR Chest LP FP FP Questionable
**Emanuel Wilson, RB Shoulder FP FP FP Questionable

* The Packers held a walk-thru on Wednesday; participation reports are an estimation

** Designated to Return from Injured Reserve - Currently within 21-day practice window

Chicago Bears

Table inside Article
Player, Pos. Injury WED. THURS. FRI. GAME STATUS
Tyson Bagent, QB Illness DNP DNP FP --
Kyler Gordon, DB Calf (Not Listed) (Not Listed) LP Questionable
Khalil Herbert, RB Back/NIR - Personal (Not Listed) LP DNP Questionable
Jaylon Johnson, DB Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Cole Kmet, TE Knee DNP LP FP Questionable
Marcedes Lewis, TE NIR - Vet Rest (Not Listed) DNP (Not Listed) N/A
Darnell Mooney, WR Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
DJ Moore, WR Ankle LP LP FP --
Lucas Patrick, OL Calf (Not Listed) (Not Listed) LP Questionable
Patrick Scales, LS Foot DNP DNP FP Questionable