This week is shaping up like last week for Aaron Rodgers. He will not participate in practice until the end of the week. Rodgers did not take part in Thursday’s practice. Mike McCarthy already said that 12 doesn’t have to practice in order to play on Sunday. The odds are he is going to play, but we should probably get used to this same situation during the week leading up to games.
It looks like we will finally get to see rookie third round pick Oren Burks on the field this week. After missing the first two weeks of the season with a shoulder issue, Burks was listed as a full participant at practice all week. Assuming there isn’t a setback, Burks will get to play his first regular season NFL snaps. Given the Packers depth at ILB, Burks could give that unit a big boost.
Another defensive player that has yet to see the field this season is second year safety Josh Jones. An ankle injury has kept Jones from practicing the last two weeks, but his status at practice on Thursday was limited. That is a step in the direction. As of right now, I am sure Jones will be listed a questionable to Sunday.
Two of the Packers cornerbacks were new additions this week. Kevin King suffered a groin injury against the Vikings on Sunday. He and Aaron Rodgers were the only two players that didn’t practice on Thursday. I guess on the bright side it isn’t another shoulder injury, but groins can be tricky. It appears that the second year CB will miss yet another game. Davon House was listed as well with a biceps issue that caused him to be a limited participant in practice. He will too most likely be questionable on Sunday.
The Redskins come into this game at 1-1, dominating the Cardinals but then losing to Indy. Hard to tell at this point how good they are, but this game is in DC so nothing can be taken for granted. If Aaron can play, the Packers should leave our Nation’s Capital at 2-0-1. Typing that one at the end of the record is going to get really annoying.