Top players will be out for Packers-Vikings tiltRegional Sports
-- Both Percy Harvin and Clay Matthews will sit out Sunday's Packers-Vikings game.
GREEN BAY - Both Percy Harvin and Clay Matthews will sit out Sunday's Packers-Vikings game.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s Minnesota Vikings game against Green Bay. The team’s top wide receiver has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle which isn’t recovering as quickly as he and the team had hoped. Coach Leslie Frazier says the speedy Harvin can run, but he can’t cut as well as normal right now. He did do some catching drills yesterday, but didn’t take the field for practice. His replacement, Arkansas rookie Jarius Wright, may not have the skills and may not strike fear into Green Bay’s defensive backfield, but he has actually had two productive games since Harvin was sidelined, catching 10 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Clay Matthews will sit out his third straight game tomorrow, when the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings. Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the All-Pro linebacker only did rehab work at practice yesterday – and while he’s making progress in recovering from a bad hamstring, he’s not ready to play yet. McCarthy said he was not sure if Matthews could return for the following week’s Sunday night home contest against Detroit.
There were no surprises among the others who were ruled out. They include tight end Andrew Quarless, who’s still recovering from off-season knee surgery. Defensive end C.J. Wilson is also out, along with corner Sam Shields, running back Johnny White, and corner Charles Woodson. Receiver Donald Driver is listed as questionable. McCarthy says Driver’s injured thumb needs rest. Receiver Greg Jennings is listed as probable for his first game since September 30th, as he gets over surgery for a torn abdominal muscle. Also probable are safety M.D. Jennings, tackle Marshall Newhouse, defensive end Ryan Pickett, and safety Sean Richardson.