Packers Notebook - Green Ready


Running back Ahman Green participated in practice Friday and looked good according to Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman.

Green was inactive last week due to a knee injury suffered early in the second half against the Chicago Bears (Dec. 1). He is expected to start this week.

Cornerback Tyrone Williams (hamstring) also returned to practice and is expected to be able to play Sunday. Last week Williams missed the first game of his seven-year pro career.

Robert Ferguson was back on the practice field Friday, just a day after rolling his ankle in practice. Ferguson is coming off the best receiving performance of his career, making six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns against Minnesota.

In addition to making plays at wide receiver, Ferguson is anticipated to be the team's punt returner this weekend following Darrien Gordon's release earlier in the week.

"He's a tough kid," Sherman said of Ferguson. "I'm sure he had some pain in it (the ankle), but he didn't show that today."

Gilbert Brown did not practice, but is still expected to be in the lineup against the 49ers after two weeks on the inactives list with an injured ankle.

Wide receiver Terry Glenn is also probable to be in the lineup, despite continuing to experience pain in his hip. Last weekend Glenn asked to be given pain-killers so he could be in the lineup, but Sherman held him out for precautionary reasons.

Fines Assessed

The NFL responded Friday to last Sunday's skirmish between the Packers and Vikings by handing out fines to three players from each team.

Packers safety Antuan Edwards, cornerback Mike McKenzie and linebacker Nate Wayne were each fined $5,000.

Edwards was charged with unnecessary roughness for his hit on Vikings receiver Chris Walsh, who had "declared himself down" by taking a knee following his 17-yard reception inside the final minute of the fourth quarter.

McKenzie was charged with striking a player who was "obviously out of the play," while Wayne was fined for hitting a player in the back during Darren Sharper's interception return.

The Vikings were hit harder by the league, with Hunter Goodwin and Jim Kleinsasser each assessed $10,000 fines, while Walsh was charged $5,000.

Goodwin and Kleinsasser were both fined for leaving the bench and unnecessarily striking an opponent. Walsh earned his fine for "jumping on an opponent rather than pursuing the ball carrier."

Clifton Update

GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said he doesn't think that offensive tackle Chad Clifton will require surgery after suffering separated ligaments in his pelvis in the Packers' loss to Tampa Bay, Nov. 24.

Clifton could be seen at the Packers' Lambeau Field facilities this week, getting around with the use of a walker.

"He was smiling and being his typical self," Sherman said. "He's a great kid. He's fighting with some issues obviously from a physical standpoint, but I'm confident that he'll work hard and get back on the field."

While much is unclear in Clifton's recovery schedule, Sherman said he doesn't anticipate having the 26-year-old back in time for mini-camps, but that he does expect Clifton to be able to participate in training camp.

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