Packers Injury Update


The Packers have a long way to go before they'll start to feel good about their injury situation, but at least they kept the casualty list from running off the page Sunday against Carolina.

For the first time since the season opener, the Packers finished a football game with about as many healthy players as began it. That certainly hadn't been the case the previous two weeks when five starters and three key reserves sustained significant injuries.

In his press conference Monday morning, Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced that tight end Bubba Franks and defensive back Tyrone Williams were the only additions to the Packers' lengthy list of walking wounded.

Franks hyperextended a knee Sunday and suffered a mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament. Williams bruised his ribs in a collision with linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Sherman said that both could play next week against the Chicago Bears, but that Franks would likely be listed as 'questionable' on the team's injury report (50-50 chance of participation).

Starting guard Marco Rivera was also sidelined for a portion of Sunday's game when his already-injured knee became fatigued, but his injury status did not worsen.

The good news for the Packers is that defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (ribs) and wide receiver Javon Walker (quadriceps) could be back on the field against Chicago. The bad news is that Sherman said he was uncertain when wide receiver Terry Glenn (headaches/nausea), fullback William Henderson (knee) or tight end David Martin (concussion) would be healthy enough to return.

The Packers are also without starters Antuan Edwards (arm, out 3-4 weeks), Vonnie Holliday (pectoral, out 6-8 weeks) and Mark Tauscher (knee, out for season).

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