Pack still short safties heading into Sunday's game
GREEN BAY - For the second game in a row, the Green Bay Packers might only have three safeties available.
Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith were both listed as doubtful today for the Packers' home contest against San Francisco on Sunday. Bigby has a bad hamstring. Smith is getting over an ankle injury. And both are listed as having only a 25-percent chance to play against the 49'ers. Also, we're just now hearing that rookie offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga tweaked an ankle at the end of yesterday's practice. Coach Mike McCarthy says Bulaga should be fine, and he's listed as probable for Sunday. If he can't go, T. J. Lang would get the start. Corner Pat Lee was ruled out for the 49'ers' game with a bad ankle.
Running back Dimitri Nance is probable after getting a concussion last Sunday. Also probable are Chad Clifton, Greg Jennings, Cullen Jenkins, Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, and Ryan Pickett. The Packers will wear their dark blue throwback jerseys on Sunday, a salute to Green Bay's 1929 championship team. McCarthy says they look great, and people will appreciate the look.
Donald Driver says age has not caught up with him - even though he's been in a slump lately. The veteran Green Bay receiver caught at least one pass in 132 straight games before being shut-out against Minnesota October 24th. He later missed first his game due to injury since 2003, when he hurt a quad muscle in one of his thighs. Driver has played in the Packers' two games since their bye week - but he was held to six catches for a combined 57 yards and no touchdowns. The 35-year-old Driver says he feels good, but he's still not at 100-percent - and that's affecting his performance more than his age. Driver says age is just a number - and in Driver's case, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin believes that, too. He says there's so much timing built into Green Bay's passing game that it can hurt a receiver if he's not totally healthy. Meanwhile, Driver continues to break various Green Bay receiving records. He only needs 243 receiving yards to break James Lofton's career mark of 96-hundred-56 yards in a green-and-gold uniform from 1978-through-'86.