Same week, same practice routine for QB1. Aaron Rodgers was a limited participant on Wednesday, but practiced in full on Thursday. The biggest thing to watch for with Aaron on Sunday night is what knee brace is wearing. As we know he wants to get out of that big bulky one he had on in Los Angeles.
Coming off his best professional game, rookie CB Jaire Alexander was a full participant in practice on Thursday. The Packers finally might get to see Bashaud Breeland lined up at the corner spot opposite of Alexander. Breeland is not listed on this week’s injury report, which is a good sign he will finally make his long awaited Packers debut.
Just like last week, three of the Packers top five wide receivers were limited in practice on Thursday. Geronimo Allison (hamstring/groin), Randall Cobb (knee), and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) all were limited participants on Thursday. Unless there is a major setback with, I expect all of them to go this week. Considering they are playing the Patriots in Foxboro, they’re going to need to score a lot. Add tight end Jimmy Graham to that list of pass catchers too. He’s been on this list pretty regularly, but is yet to miss a game. I have very little doubt that #80 will be out there on Sunday night.
Two members of the Packers starting offensive line were listed on this week’s injury report with knee injuries. Tackle Bryan Bulaga (go figure) and center Corey Linsley were limited participants on Thursday. Bulaga should be good to go, but Linsley wasn’t on the report on Wednesday, so this knee issue must’ve just happened. His situation is one to monitor the rest of the week.
A couple other defensive players besides Alexander were limited on Thursday. OLB Nick Perry (I ranted enough about him last week) was limited with that same ankle issue. Safety Jermaine Whitehead has a knee injury. The Whithead injury could be more significant this week following the trade of Clinton-Dix. Whitehead played a decent amount against the Rams, and his role should continue to grow.
The Packers are going to play their second of a brutal back-to-back road game stretch. The Pats are tough to beat at home, but have shown they too have some defensive issues. The Packers will need a similar effort they gave last week in LA to have a chance this Sunday night in NE.